Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce

In this dim sum favorite,Β Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce recipe, learn:

  • How to buy the right type of spareribs for this recipe
  • Use pre-made Chinese black bean sauce in a jar for shortcut
  • This recipe is ready in 30 minutes

Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

A dim sum favorite dish is steamed spareribs in a black bean sauce, pronounced, “pai kuat”Β in Cantonese. My family is from Hong Kong. I remember my Gong Gong (grandfather) taking me to dim sum every weekend. The dim sum cart pushers would rattle off the specialties in her cart, and we’d order at least 2 dishes of black bean spareribs.

How to buy the right type of spareribs

If you are lucky enough to live near a large Asian supermarket that has a meat section, the pork riblets are easy to find.

Cut the ribs in between the bones to get bite sized pieces, easy for steaming and eating.

No Asian market? Bribe your butcher to cut normal spareribs cross-wise to get small 1-1/2″ riblets.

Black Bean Sauce Shortcut

Traditionally, whole black beans are used in this dish. However, they are hard to find outside of Chinese markets. I’ve substituted with jarred black bean sauce – which you can normally find in any supermarket ethnic section. This recipe only took about 5 minutes to prepare and 20-30 minutes to steam.

chinese spareribs black bean sauce recipe

A brand that’s easy to find is Lee Kum Kee (even Walmart sells this brand.)

There are many different types of bean sauce, so make sure you get the right one. It should say BLACK bean sauce.

This is NOT black bean sauce:

Toss the riblets with the Black Bean Sauce and the rest of the sauce ingredients.

Chinese Style Steamers

There are different sizes of bamboo steamers. Some very small, for single serving (like you see at Dim Sum restaurants), and others larger that are meant for family-size.

Fill up a large pot or wok with water and place a steamer stand (or upside down shallow bowl) into the water to prop up the steamer basket.

The bamboo steamer should NOT sit in the water.

Cover and steam.

It’s important to make sure you don’t run out of steaming water! If you don’t see steam rising, add more water.

Done!

Serve hot.

 

Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce

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Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins

Cook Time
20 mins

Total Time
30 mins

 

Course:

Side Dish
Cuisine:

Chinese
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 386 kcal
Author: Jaden

Ingredients
  • 1
    pound
    pork sparerib tips
  • 2
    tablespoons
    black bean sauce
  • 1
    tablespoon
    Chinese rice wine
    or dry sherry
  • 2
    teaspoons
    cornstarch
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    grated fresh ginger
    grate on microplane grater
  • 2
    cloves
    garlic
    finely minced
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    freshly ground black pepper
    or ground white pepper
  • 1
    tablespoon
    cooking oil
  • 1
    teaspoon
    sesame oil
  • 1
    teaspoon
    sugar

Instructions
  1. Cut between each sparerib to separate each rib tip. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Add in the ribs and toss well to coat the spareribs evenly.
  2. Transfer spareribs and sauce into a shallow, heatproof pan that will fit inside your wok (a pie plate or 9” cake pan works great.)
  3. Set steaming rack inside of wok and fill with water almost up to height of rack. Turn heat to high and when water is boiling, turn heat to medium-high. Set pan with spareribs on top of a steaming rack in wok. Steam on med-high heat for 18-20 minutes until ribs are no longer pink. Make sure that when you are steaming that you don’t run out of water in the wok. Replenish with additional water, if needed.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Steamed Spareribs with Black Bean Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386
Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 299mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.