Slow-cooker recipe: Beef in black bean sauce

Cooking on the cheap is never easy when you’ve got a taste for the finer things in life. There’s only so many times you can enthusiastically tuck into a plate of baked beans on toast without craving something a little more complex.

With this in mind, I headed to Waitrose to scavenge in the cost-price near-expired section of the fridges to see what I could come up with, and I came home brandishing several kilos of top-quality braising steak.

Braising, or stewing steak, is great when thrown into the slow-cooker or crockpot for a minimum of five hours with some tasty bits from the pantry. And super-cheap. Especially when you can buy at a discount. Tuck some away into the freezer for a rainy day and you’ll always have some protein on-hand for a hearty meal.

Beef and black bean

Here’s my recipe for an irresistible beef in black bean sauce:

Beef in black bean sauce

500g braising steak, diced
1/4 cup cornflour
1 tbsp sesame oil
200mL water
3 tbsp of a good-quality black bean sauce (I use Lee Kum Kee Black Bean & Garlic Sauce)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 brown onion, quartered
1 green pepper, chopped roughly
1/2 cup chopped spring onion
rice, to serve

Dice the steak into bite-sized pieces and toss in the cornflour until coated.
Brown the coated steak in the sesame oil in a frypan
Add to the slow-cooker or crockpot with all the other ingredients except the spring onion (this is added at the very end, a few minutes before serving)
Cook for 6 – 8 hours on low

It’s that easy!

This recipe will make your house smell like the inside of a Chinese takeaway, and it will taste just as good as what they have to offer.

Serve with rice and stir-fried vegetables and you’ll feed 4 people for as little as £6.00.

8 thoughts on “Slow-cooker recipe: Beef in black bean sauce

  1. Waitrose scavenging is one of my favourite things. The one I go to don’t have a section of reduced things so it’s a real game of hide and seek looking for the little red labels hidden on the shelves! Great find with the braising steak 😀 this sounds bloody lovely!

  2. If it can be thrown in the crockpot and left alone then I’m in! I may have to improvise on a few of the ingredients (my pantry is not always stocked well, lol), but that picture made me hungry just looking at it!

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