When I eat out at Chinese restaurants one of my favorite dishes to order is steak and peppers in black bean sauce. It is a nice simple and yet tasty stir-fry dish that is fairly light healthy. I have made this at home before using a jarred black bean sauce but now that I have made my own homemade black bean sauce, I prefer to make it with that. The beef and peppers come together pretty easily and quickly, a quick and easy stir fry, where I try to not overcook the peppers as I like them to still be crisp and fresh. The steak and peppers in fermented black bean sauce is super tasty! It goes well on rice or noodles both of which soaks up any of the excess sauce. This dish is pretty flexible and you could easily change the beef to chicken or shrimp/prawns etc. and you could change the peppers with broccoli or some other vegetable.
Steak and Peppers in Black Bean Sauce
- 1 pound steak/beef (thinly sliced)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 onions (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons garlic (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons ginger (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons fermented black bean sauce (homemade or store bought)
- 2 green bell peppers (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- * soy sauce to taste
- Marinate the beef in the soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, and cornstarch while you chop everything.
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Saute the beef until almost cooked and set aside.
- Heat the oil in the same pan.
- Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the garlic, ginger and fermented black beans and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the green bell peppers and saute for a minute.
- Add the beef and chicken stock.
- Cover and simmer for a few minutes.
- Season with soy sauce to taste.
Note: Use chicken instead of beef! Chicken in black bean sauce is also amazing!
Note: Use broccoli instead of green peppers!
Yum! This reminds me of a dish my Mom used to make me. I don’t think she used fermented black beans though. I will have to try them.
Every time I see a recipe with beef, I automatically translate into venison…this looks like something that would work well with it!
All of your food looks so good. I will need to try this.
My husband loves this type of simple meat dish. Looks great!
This looks great, Kevin. I love black bean sauce.
yum. I love this. Especially in a chinese resturant when they served it on a sizzling hot plate. I like the simplicity of it yet it tastes so good with a bowl of rice.
This sounds perfect for a weekly meal. I like quick & tasty meals during the week.
Proud Italian Cook says
I love the flavor of black bean sauce! I would never dream of making it at home, but you make it sound so simple!!!
Laura @ Hungry and Frozen says
That looks so good. Something nice and healthy after all that cheesecake lol 🙂 I’m just getting into black bean sauce, but I love the flavour it imparts to the dish.
I also like this combination of beef and peppers. Your steak looks really tender and tasty!
oh man, does that look good! my dinners are all planned for this week but i can’t wait to try this.
I just picked up some preserved black beans this weekend and used a tiny bit sauteed with yu choi. I liked the flavor, but it was a little strong. I didn’t know you should soak them! I think that will help a lot next time I use them. Thanks!
Wow…nice dish with beef! Looks simple but delicious!
I have never looked for fermented black beans – I will now be on a mission to search them out!
That dish looks lovely and really yummy!
I love Chinese style food. This looks very, very good. I don’t think I’ve had a black bean sauce before. Just black beans as a side dish.
Peter M says
Great looking dish and despite the long list of ingredients…still easy!
whenever i see the words “black beans” in a recipe name, i’m immediately interested. sure enough, this looks like a winner!
I agree. A simple and very tasty dish.
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this is one of my pop’s favourite dish cause he’s a meat-face. lol. but this dish is commonly prepared with bittergourd instead so the intense ‘heat’ of the beef and intense flavour of the black beans are cleansed by the ‘coolness’ gourd. also, the beef helps to boost iron and protein in your system whilst the gourd maintains overall wellbeing and clears the toxins in the system.
kudos to the ‘balance’ of chinese cuisine.
now that is my dad’s saying 😀
I miss beef when I see dishes like this one. There is a similar dish in Mexico that I love. I will try to make it with chicken and see how it turns out.
I love this! I made it quite frequently too. You’re really good at Chinese cooking though it’s not your main diet! 😀
I have a steak and peppers recipe on my menu for this week – although this version looks and sounds much better than mine!!
noble pig says
This dish is a classic and looks so easy to make. What a pefect weeknight meal for the family.
Vicarious Foodie says
I love pepper steak!! For the longest time this was the only thing I ever ordered at Chinese restaurants, but then I discovered cashew chicken. Anyway, yours looks awesome.
What I say??? Looks delicioso Kevin!!!!x Gloria
yummm im always looking for new steak recipes. love it!
Hallie Fae says
I totally want to try this with chicken. Looks so good.
Rasa Malaysia says
One can do no wrong with black bean sauce…it works for all kinds of protein. 🙂
Yours certainly look a lot healthier and delicious compared to the typical Chinese takeout place. 😉
Sharon J says
That looks absolutely delicious! In fact, just looking at that picture is making me really want Chinese but it’s spaghetti bolognese for dinner tonight. Oh well… another night.