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Black Bean Sauce

Updated April 13, 2016
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Editor's Note: Black Bean Sauce is an essential condiment for anyone who loves making authentic Chinese food at home. This black bean sauce recipe is made from a combination of broth, black beans, rice wine, and green onions. The black bean mixture is combined with garlic and ginger that has been sauteed in oil. Cornstarch helps to thicken the sauce. This homemade black bean sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. It can be used in stir-fries or tossed with noodles for a simple but flavorful mean. 
Salted black beans might not be the most attractive ingredient in your kitchen, but they deliver a classic sauce. As this was one of my mother’s favorite sauces, every time I smell black bean sauce, it brings me back to my old family kitchen in China.

Makes1 cup

CostInexpensive

Easy

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Taste and TextureSpiced, Tangy

Type of DishCondiments, Sauces

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Rich Homemade Broth or canned chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp salted black beans, rinsed and lightly mashed
  • 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp finely shredded ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1½ tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbsp water

Instructions

To make the seasoning, combine the broth, black beans, wine, sugar, and green onion in a small bowl and mix well.

Place a wok or stir-fry pan over high heat. Add the oil, swirling to coat the sides. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Pour in the seasoning and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook until the sauce boils and thickens, about 1 minute. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator; the sauce will keep for up to 1 week.

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