Beef and Peppers in Black Bean Sauce

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry
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Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
181 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 181
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 17g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Beef and sweet bell peppers are cooked with a savory black bean sauce in this Cantonese home cooked dish. Goes perfect over noodles or rice and is sure to be a hit.


  • 1/2 pound beef (sirloin or flank steak is good)
  • 2 large bell peppers (2 green or 1 green and 1 red)
  • 2 teaspoons fermented black beans (increase to 1 tablespoon if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (or stock)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 4 teaspoons water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Optional: pepper to taste
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons oil (for stir-frying)
  • For the Marinade:
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine ​(or dry sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the beef along the grain into thin strips, 1 1/2 - 2 inches long. Then cut the beef across the grain so that you have thin strips that are 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, 1/2 inch thick and 1/8 inch wide. Place the beef in a bowl and stir in the marinade ingredients. Marinate the beef for 30 minutes.

  2. While the beef is marinating, prepare the vegetables. Cut the peppers into thin strips to match the beef. Rinse the fermented black beans in warm water to remove excess salt. Chop finely. In a small bowl, combine the beans with the chopped garlic and ginger.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the 4 teaspoons water. Mix in with broth or stock.

  4. Heat wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add 1/2 of the black bean, garlic and ginger mixture. Stir-fry briefly (about 30 seconds) and add the beef. Stir-fry until the beef is nearly cooked. Remove the beef from the wok.

  5. Heat wok and add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the remaining 1/2 of the black bean mixture. Stir-fry briefly (about 30 seconds) and add the bell pepper strips. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Give the stock and cornstarch/water mixture a quick restir and add into the wok. Add the sugar. Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired. (Add the pepper at this point if desired).

  6. Add the beef back into the wok. Stir well until the sauce has thickened and the beef is cooked. Serve hot.