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Beef with Black Bean Sauce

Beef with black bean sauce is tender sirloin and vegetables in a spicy-sweet sauce. Make this simple stir fry recipe for dinner tonight!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: main dishes
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Author: Kevin



Stir Fry


  • Cut beef with the grain into 2-inch strips, then cut across the grain into ¼-inch pieces, or use pre-cut beef strips for stir fry.
  • Add beef to a bowl with vegetable oil, cornstarch and soy sauce. Stir to coat, marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Peel and cut onion in half, trim both ends. With cut end toward you, cut each into 1/2-inch strips across onion. Cut celery into 1/2" pieces and asparagus into thirds. Set aside.
  • In small bowl, whisk together beef broth, bean paste, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and sesame oil. Set aside.
  • Heat a wok over high heat. Once hot, add 2 tablespoons oil and stir fry the beef. Be sure to break meat apart into strips if stuck together. Continue stir frying for 3 minutes, tossing occasionally until beef is no longer pink. Remove from wok and set aside.
  • Add the onion and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add the celery and cook another 3 minutes. Add the asparagus, sauce mixture and beef back to the wok and stir fry for 4 minutes.
  • Serve as is, over noodles or with steamed rice. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro sprigs (optional).


  1. Other good cuts of beef for stir fry are hangar steak, ribeye, flank or skirt steak, and boneless rump roast.
  2. Dark soy sauce is much different than traditional light, all-purpose soy sauce. It's very thick, with a rich umami flavor and is fermented/aged rather than being chemically processed like all purpose soy sauce. It also has less salt! The color is very dark, almost black. If you can't find dark soy sauce, equal parts regular soy sauce and oyster sauce could be used instead, or just regular soy sauce.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 958mg | Potassium: 890mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 6mg