How to Make Black Bean Sauce at Home

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Sahiba Sharma
Sahiba is a long time food lover. She has a soft spot for cuisines in her heart. Although she loves to cook with her mother, she is also a nutritionist. This means that she knows the science behind the food; what is good and bad in each ingredient. With her experience in cooking and nutritional education, she is a great resource to tell us about food and recipes.

Fermentation is the process of converting sugars into alcohol and other organic acid and various food industries widely use it to make a better product. Here, I would like to share the most amazing product made by fermentation and is widely known as Black Bean Sauce.

Black Bean Sauce is also known as “Douchi” is used as a seasoning in most of the Chinese cuisines and it provides that funky, sharp, pungent, salty and spicy taste with a hint of sweet to the food. These Black Beans are much softer than the dry beans and it leaves that softness and a great aroma on the dish.

Fermentation is the key reason behind this aroma and taste of Black Bean Sauce. Black Bean Sauce can be used with soy sauce and other thickening agents such as onion and garlic. To make the taste of black soybeans salty and bitter, the process of fermentation is used. A little of it goes a very long way and we should use it sparingly.

The main method of cooking includes stir-frying steaming and braising. The key factor behind its taste is a specialised kind of mold spore known as Aspergillus oryzae. This strain helps in the process of fermentation and giving it a unique taste.

Now you know the key factor behind this Sauce and that is fermentation and the mold strain so Now I am excited to share the key ingredients of this seasoning. They are really amazing so without thinking much, let’s move ahead towards the ingredients to make Black Bean Sauce.

Ingredients for Black Bean Sauce

Fermented Black Beans2 cups
Vegetable Oil1 cup
White Onion (minced)2 cups
Sherry or Japanese Wine1 cup
Soy Sauce1 cup

Note: Beans can be used in any form. It doesn’t matter that the beans are whole chopped, minced or pureed.

You can find all these Ingredients at any nearby store and for black beans, you can search online store specializing in Asian ingredients. Now, as you have all the essential ingredients, let’s move ahead to know about the time it will take to make Black Bean Sauce.

How Much Time will it Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
5 minutes30 minutes35 minutes

This wonderful seasoning can be made in just 30 minutes and it will give your food a delicious taste that nobody can forget. Moving towards the recipe, I will share the steps to make this mouth-watering seasoning. You will see how easy it is and you would love to cook this.

Note- The main thing you know before cooking Black Bean Sauce is you need to rinse them in water. Otherwise, they will impart too much salty flavour to the dish. Soaking for a few minutes will prepare them for cooking.

Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Black Bean Sauce recipe
  1. Heat 1 cup of vegetable oil in a hot pan and add the minced onion in it, fry them until they turn golden brown. Now take the onions out in a bowl.
  2. Add some chillies and fry them for almost 20 seconds then take them out in a bowl.
  3. Put the soaked beans in a blender and blend them with fried onion and chillies to make a paste of it.
  4. Now add 1 cup of sherry wine and soy sauce into it and blend them again to make a paste of thick consistency.
  5. Check the consistency with a knife, if it is not blended correctly then give it one more blend so that it can form a thick paste.

You can make this yummy seasoning like a pro, so give it a try with more Chinese cuisines and try new dishes with this like noodles and soups. You can use it to season Tofu, Beef, Chicken, Fish or any kind of food.

Nutritional Breakdown of Black Bean Sauce

Here is the nutritional breakdown of Black Bean Sauce and you can check the nutritional value in the mentioned table.


How to Make Black Bean Sauce at Home | Video

We have also added this video. You can know about the dish and make it easily at home with the help of this video.

Video by Mark’s Cuisine

I hope you’ve liked this recipe. If this black bean seasoning amazed you and you really enjoyed cooking it, then please write to us about your experience and stay connected for more fabulous recipes. Bon appetite!

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