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a white bowl containing stir fried beef, stir fried vegetable and sprinkle of spring onions.

Easy Beef In Black Bean Recipe

Easy beef in black bean sauce recipe made with tender beef steak, fermented black beans, peppers and delicious stir fry sauce. Make Chinese restaurant quality dish at home in 30 minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Khin


  • 300 g Beef steak about 10.5 oz ( ribeye, sirloin, rump, chuck, etc. ) cut into thin slices
  • ½ Green pepper bell pepper/capsicum ( cut in small squares )
  • ½ Red pepper bell pepper/capsicum ( cut in small squares )
  • 1 Onion cut in small cubes
  • tbsp Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste or finley grated
  • 1 tbsp Black bean fermented black beans or black bean sauce ( details in note )
  • 2 tbsp Oil vegetable, sunflower, canola, or neutral flavour oil


  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Corn starch
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Light soy sauce or regular soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shao Xing wine optional ( details in note )

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp Dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • ½ tsp Corn starch
  • 2 tsp Shao Xing Wine
  • 2 tsp Sugar


  • Cut the beef steak into thin slices against the grain. Marinate the beef with soy sauce, sugar, Shao Xing wine, baking soda and corn starch. Mix well and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Mix all the stir fry sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside. Roughly chop the black beans or you can add in whole.
  • Heat the wok/pan over medium-high heat, drizzle oil, and add the marinated beef slices. Flatted the beef and let it sear for 2-3 minutes then turn sides and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes. Next, add the onion dices and stir fry for 1 minute. Follow with the bell peppers and stir for few seconds. Remove from pan and set it aside.
  • In the remaining pan, drizzle a bit more oil. Saute the chopped garlic with medium heat for 1 minute, then follow with the ginger and stir for few seconds. Add the black beans stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Then pour the sauce mixture, stir unil the sauce start to get thick.
  • Add the fried beef, onions and peppers in. Bring to heat over medium-high heat. Toss well to combine everything evenly for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to serving plate. Serve while hot with plain rice, egg fried rice or noodles.


  • Black Beans - Fermented Chinese black soybeans, it has salty, savoury, umami flavour. You can substitute with black bean garlic sauce for this recipe.
  • Shao Xing Wine - Chinese cooking rice wine can be substituted with dry sherry or Japanese mirin. If you want to make non-alcohol version, you can omit it.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg
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