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Homemade Black Bean Sauce

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Black bean stir-fries are packed full of umami goodness, but some store-bought versions of the sauce can be full of hidden nasties. Recreate your takeaway favourites at home with this homemade sauce that heroes clean, honest ingredients.

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HOMEMADE BLACK BEAN SAUCE

PREP TIME

5 minutes
COOK TIME

20 minutes
SERVES

Makes 1 jar
Ingredients

¼ cup peanut oil 

8 garlic cloves, finely grated

4cm (1.5”) piece ginger, peeled, finely grated

½ cup salted fermented black beans*

2 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine*

1 tbsp light soy sauce 

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)

Steps
Step 1

Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring often for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the black beans and stir to combine. 

Step 2

Add ½ cup of water to the wok along with the Shaoxing, soy and sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the water has nearly evaporated. 

Step 3

Combine the cornflour with 2 teaspoons of water. Add to the wok and simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened. Transfer sauce to a sterilised jar.

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Notes:

– Salted fermented black beans come in vacuum packs or in cans. You can find them from an Asian grocery store or order them online.

– Chinese Shaoxing wine is a type of cooking rice wine. It’s available in the Asian aisle of some major supermarkets or from an Asian grocery store. If you’d rather leave it out, simply replace with beef stock. 

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Karen
June 22, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5

Delicious

I made half a batch of the blackbean sauce as I wasn’t sure if we would like it. I got five tablespoons and loved the recipe. I only had normal soy but it was fine maybe due to me adding carrot and broccoli. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Billi
June 16, 2022
Rated 4 out of 5

A problem in measurements

Hey Marion I saw your Video, straight ordered fermented black beans and couldnt waint to finally make my own black bean sauce. Now, I stand before a problem. I am from europe and have no Idea how much grams a cup of fermented beans is supposed to be. I dont own measure cups, just one well-tried kitchenscale. The internet wasnt helpful on that problem eighter. I only found conversions on dry or cooked beans… but those guys are lighter than cooked but heavier than dry. Can you might add measurements in metric system?

Marion's Kitchen

Thank you for your message. 1/4 cup is equivalent to 60g, so give that a try. Hope that helps!

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