Beef with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce

Less than £2.50 per head, even with sirloin steak!

Who says you can’t enjoy takeaway food when watching your weight? Beef with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce from Justine Pattison is a pretty authentic ‘fakeaway’ which is only 225 calories per serving. With the addition of a small portion of rice, you’re looking at 400 calories all in, perfect for keeping your diet on track!

If you fancy having a go at creating more classic Chinese fakeaways, check out sweet and sour chicken and yeung chow fried rice.

Recipe: Beef with Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce

Calories: 225 per serving (without rice)

Serves: 4

Book: Justine Pattison: Without the Calories – Takeaway Favourites

Prep time: Approx 15 mins

Cooking time: Approx 20 mins


  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp mirin (rice wine)
  • 120g sachet black bean sauce
  • 100ml cold water
  • 400g rump or sirloin steak
  • 2-3 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 12 wedges)
  • 2 green peppers (deseeded and cut into 3cm chunks)
  • 2 garlic cloves (very thinly sliced)
  • 20g chunk fresh root ginger (peeled and very thinly sliced)
  • Flaked sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Cost per portion: Approx £2.53 (without rice)


Mix the cornflour with the mirin or sherry in a small bowl until smooth, then stir in the black bean sauce and water. Put to one side. Trim the beef of all hard fat and cut into 5cm-wide strips. Season the beef well with a little salt and lots of black pepper.

Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok over a high heat and stir-fry the beef in two batches until well browned, adding a tiny splash more oil between batches if needed. Each batch will take about 3 minutes over a high heat. Transfer the beef to a plate each time a batch is ready.

Return the pan to the heat, add another teaspoon of oil and stir fry the onion and peppers for 4 minutes, or until well softened and lightly coloured, then add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute more. Return the meat to the pan, pour over the reserved sauce and stir-fry together for 2-3 minutes or until the beef is hot and glossy.


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