Spareribs With Black Bean Sauce

Spare ribs with black pepper
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
375 Calories
20g Fat
3g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 375
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 527mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 42g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*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.)

Chinese spareribs with black bean sauce are a tasty and simple dish to make at home. It works great as a main or side dish. This is a great recipe for cooks who like the one pan method of cooking. The whole meal can be completed with the use of one wok or frying pan. 

Traditionally, this dish is made with fermented whole black beans, while they can be found in any Chinese grocery store a simple prepared black bean sauce makes this dish much easier to cook. The prepared black bean sauce takes the work out of rinsing and mashing fermented black beans without sacrificing the flavor. The sauce is an essential time saver for any busy cook who wants a fast meal but doesn't want to miss out on great flavors. 


  • 2 pounds pork spareribs (trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons oil (for stir-frying)
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons cornstarch (dissolved in 4 teaspoons water)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce with garlic (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 teaspoon broth
  • 1 cup water (or low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Trim the ribs and cut into 1-inch pieces.

  3. Mince the ginger. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.

  4. Heat wok to medium-high heat and add oil. When the oil is ready, add the ginger and stir-fry until aromatic (about 15 seconds).

  5. Add the spareribs, stir-frying until they are lightly browned. Add the sauce.

  6. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.


  • If you want to thicken this recipe, mix the cornstarch and water together while the other ingredients cook. Once the ingredients are finished simmering, give the cornstarch/water mixture a quick re-stir and add, stirring to thicken.