Our salty and umami-rich Fermented Black Beans are delicious with many other flavors of Chinese cooking. This sauce will enhance steamed or stir-fried vegetables with rice or noodles, and also complements light proteins such as chicken, fish and shellfish.

Prep time: 40 min

Cook time: 20 min

Total time: 60 min

Fermented Black Bean Sauce
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 4 servings

  • 1/4 Cup Fermented Black Beans

  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Oil

  • 1/2 Onion, chopped

  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, minced

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1 1-Inch Piece Fresh Ginger, minced

  • 1 Small Red Chile Pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced

  • 1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Stock

  • 2 Tablespoons Sherry

  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

  • 1/2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

  • 1 Teaspoon Cornstarch


  1. Soak Fermented Black Beans for 30 minutes, and rinse well.

  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, ginger and hot pepper. Sauté until onions are translucent.

  3. Add drained beans, stirring well and slightly mashing beans with back of wooden spoon.

  4. Add remaining ingredients. Increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes.

  5. If thicker sauce is desired, add cornstarch mixed into 1 tablespoon of cold water.