Beef in black bean sauce recipe

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This tangy beef in black bean sauce is a classic Chinese recipe that can be used time and time again. It's easy to make and full of flavour

Beef in black bean sauce
  • healthy
Preparation Time40 mins
Cooking Time5 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories243 Kcal12%
Sugar9.6 g11%
Fat11 g16%
Saturated Fat2.5 g13%
Salt0.5 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein20.3 g41%
Carbohydrates16.1 g6%
Salt0.5 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Make this delicious beef in black bean sauce as a quick and easy dinner cooked in just five minutes.

Marinate the beef in the black bean sauce before cooking for extra succulent, tender beef. Make sure you don’t overcook this meat otherwise it’ll be too chewy. Serve with homemade egg fried rice or soft noodles drizzled in soy sauce.


  • 350g stir-fry beef
  • 160g sachet black bean stir-fry sauce
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 level tbsp cornflour
  • 2tbsps groundnut oil
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 2.5cm piece of ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • Coriander, for garnish




  1. Mix the beef with the black bean and soy sauces and the cornflour. Leave it to marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Cook the beef in the oil for 1-2 minutes, then add the pepper, chilli and ginger and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables have just softened. Serve immediately, garnished with coriander.

Top tips for making beef in black bean sauce

This recipe would work just as well with chicken, lamb, or pork strips.

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Jessica Dady
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies