These Chinese Recipes with Black Bean Garlic Sauce are easy and authentic! We have something for everyone, from savory stir-fries to simple steamed dishes.
There are beef, pork, chicken, tofu, and vegetable-only recipes.
What is Black Bean Garlic Sauce?
It's a convenient, ready-to-use sauce made from fermented black beans and garlic. Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Garlic Sauce is a popular brand and the one I recommend.
Rather than requiring whole fermented black beans and hand-chopped garlic in your dishes, this sauce comes ready to use.
How is it used?
Black bean sauce is commonly used in Chinese stir-fries and steamed dishes.
It's typically introduced when marinating the meat or preparing the stir-fry sauce.
It's incredibly flavorful and fragrant, so only a tablespoon or two is usually required.
Where to buy?
You can buy it at almost all Chinese grocery stores or on Amazon.
Try this juicy chicken with rich, savory black bean garlic sauce!
Tender, juicy chicken bites are stir-fried with crisp veggies and finished with a rich and savory sauce.
No wok is required, and you can make this in under 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights!
This beef with black bean sauce is a quick stir-fry, taking just 30 minutes to make.
It features tender beef sirloin, crunchy vegetables, and a spicy-sweet sauce with garlic, ginger, and dark soy sauce.
This hearty dish pairs beautifully with steamed rice and noodles or serves as a standalone dish.
Enjoy this savory tofu in less than 25 minutes at home! It features lightly deep-fried tofu with a rich, savory sauce.
The deep-fried tofu has the most interesting texture: creamy center and chewy skin.
Serve this savory stir-fry with jasmine rice, or pair it with a vegetable side dish for a balanced weeknight meal!
This pork stir fry takes just 20 minutes to prepare. It features tender pork slices stir-fried with savory fermented sauce.
Thinly slice the pork and marinate it with seasonings before coating it with cornstarch. Quickly fry the pork in a hot wok and stir-fry with aromatics and black bean garlic sauce!
Serve with rice, steamed buns, or other carbohydrate to soak up the delicious sauce.
Steamed fish is one of my favorite proteins that pair with black bean garlic sauce. It takes 15 minutes and is so simple to make.
I love the contrasts between the intensely savory sauce and the delicate, tender fish.
Simply marinate the fish, gently fry it in a wok, then steam it with the sauce ingredients.
Serve with steamed rice for a wholesome meal!
Bring dim sum home with this steamed pork rib recipe! This one-plate dish requires only 25 minutes of cooking time, perfect for busy weeknights.
Simply marinate pork with black bean garlic sauce, chicken bouillon powder, cooking oil, potato starch, salt, and sugar for 20 minutes. Then steam for 10 minutes to one hour.
Serve with rice for one of the easiest black bean garlic sauce recipes.
A quick, simple, and delicious bowl of black bean chili oil noodles ready in 15 minutes or less!
I love the new trend of simple and fast noodle recipes, which social media has made extra popular in our fast-paced world.
For this recipe, you'll need to manage two pots, one to boil the noodles and one to prepare the sauce.
Once they're done, combine them together, and you have a tasty and quick meal!
Try this stir-fried fish fillet dish, a classic Chinese-style stir-fry that takes just 20 minutes to prepare!
It features fish fillets marinated in cornstarch and stir-fried with black bean sauce, onions, green or red bell pepper, dried chilies, and scallions.
The fish stays nice and tender thanks to the cornstarch coating.
Garnish with scallions for extra freshness!
This takeout-style string bean chicken features tender green beans and juicy chicken seared in a fragrant black bean sauce.
You don't need a wok for this recipe, but cooking the green beans properly is the secret to deliciousness.
They should be seared until they're charred, slightly withered, and tender but still have a slight crunch!
10. Brussels Sprouts
The secret to delicious brussel sprouts is stir-frying them with black bean sauce!
In this recipe, brussels sprouts are sautéed in olive oil with a dash of chili pepper flakes and a generous coating of black bean garlic sauce.
They have a wonderful smoky flavor and intensely savory taste. Serve it as a side dish or a standalone vegan meal!
This stir-fry features a combination of button mushrooms, broccoli, and red and yellow bell pepper, tossed in black bean sauce and topped with sesame seeds!
The preparation takes around 25 minutes from start to finish. It's the perfect choice for speedy weeknight dinners or make-ahead lunches.
Serve with freshly steamed rice for a tasty, veggie-forward meal!
12. Stir-fried Clams
Chinese stir-fried fresh clams with garlic, ginger, scallions, and cilantro is a traditional black bean dish ideal for summer.
You'll want to ensure your clams are fresh for the best taste.
The recipe involves stir-frying the clams with Shaoxing wine and other flavorful ingredients until they open up and release their juices.
Serve this dish immediately, and toss it with pasta or noodles to soak up all the sauce!
This spicy eggplant recipe is from the official Lee Kum Kee website, so you know it's good!
It combines eggplant batons and ground pork in a savory, slightly spicy sauce made with sugar, dry sherry, and Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Garlic Sauce.
Simply brown the pork, add ginger and eggplant, then stir in the sauce mixture until it thickens. So easy!
14. Bok Choy
This bok choy is a quick 30-minute recipe featuring tender baby bok choy and watercress.
To prepare, sauté garlic, ginger, and scallions with black bean sauce, sherry, chicken broth, and chile paste. Steam bok choy and watercress until tender, then combine it with the sauce.
Toss and serve this family favorite with steamed rice for a tasty meal!
This quick stir-fry features skirt steak, broccoli florets, and black bean garlic sauce.
When combined with ginger and sesame oil, it forms a rich sauce that perfectly coats the steak and broccoli florets.
Serve it over rice, garnished with scallion greens, for one of the easiest recipes with black bean garlic sauce!
This Instant Pot pork chops recipe takes only 4 minutes of active cooking! It features tender pork chops in black bean garlic sauce, caramelized onions, and chilis.
Simply season the pork chops and cook them in your Instant Pot with the prepared sauce.
Serve over steamed rice or noodles, along with blanched vegetables.
Periwinkle snails are a fairly well-known but not too popular protein in China.
They can be found on menus at select restaurants, almost always served with black bean garlic sauce.
To make, infuse ginger and garlic in vegetable oil in a wok, add onions and black bean sauce, then stir in the snails.
Stir in the sauce ingredients and cook for 4-5 minutes. Thicken it slightly with cornstarch and serve!
This easy Chinese-style Beef with noodles is ready in just 40 minutes! It's cost-effective and a great alternative to Chinese takeout!
To serve, mix in wok-ready noodles and garnish with spring onions.
This stir-fried prawn recipe is quick, taking just 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a wok, sauté ginger until fragrant, then add prawns, cooking for about a minute on each side until nearly cooked.
Finally, stir in black bean garlic sauce until everything is evenly coated, and then serve.
Steamed Fish on Soft Tofu is a quick and easy recipe that takes about 30 minutes to prepare.
It features tender pieces of fish marinated in pungent black-bean garlic sauce, then steamed on soft tofu.
This recipe is wonderfully uncomplicated: prepare the sauce, layer the ingredients in a steamer, and steam for 20 minutes. Serve garnished with green onions.
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