Kitchen Tips

In The Black: Four Ways With Chinese Black Bean Sauce

A staple on Chinese restaurant menus across Australia, Chinese black bean dishes are easy to recreate at home. Pick up a packet of black bean sauce from your local supermarket, then whip up a range of tempting recipes. Each of these Asian recipes requires just a handful of ingredients, and they’re all ready in less than 30 minutes.

Black bean chicken

This simple black bean chicken recipe requires just five ingredients and is ready in 20 minutes – much faster than ordering take-away! Feel free to add extra vegetables, such as snow peas or carrot, and serve with steamed rice.
Like this? Try lean pork fillet instead of the chicken.

Black Bean Chicken

Black bean and chilli beef

If you want to get a bit fancier, then whip up this black bean and chilli beef recipe, which includes three sauces to create a lip-smacking seasoning.
Like this? Try trimmed lamb steaks instead of the beef.

Chilli Garlic Beef

Crispy black bean fish

For a seafood twist, try this crispy black bean fish recipe. Dust firm white fish fillets in cornflour, then quickly fry in hot oil for golden, crunchy nuggets of fish slathered in a jet-black sauce.
Like this? Try battered prawns in place of the fish.

crispy black bean fish

Stir-fried squid with black bean sauce

Or for a lighter take, create this stir-fried squid with black bean sauce. Tender curls of squid are quickly tossed with garlic and black bean, then garnished with chilli and coriander.
Like this? Try prawns or scallops.

stir fried squid with black bean sauce

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