Pork Tenderloin in a Black Bean Sauce

Black bean sauce is a classic flavour in Chinese cuisine. It is actually quite simple to make as there are jars of black bean sauce available at many grocery stores. I often make this along with a stir fried vegetable dish and steamed rice. The pork tenderloin used is lean and tender and is complimented by adding one or two veggies. I used onion and bell pepper today but you could also add bok choy, broccoli, snow peas, green beans and so much more!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion , sliced
  • 1 bell pepper , sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 3 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1 tsp dried red chilies or chili paste
  • 2 tsp corn starch


  • Heat oil in a wok or frypan. Add onion, pepper, garlic and ginger. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often.
  • Stir in the pork. Cook until the pork is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the black bean sauce and chilies and cook for another few minutes.
  • Mix the corn starch with a little water. Add it to the pan and stir to thicken the sauce. Remove from the heat and serve with rice


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Black bean sauce is a new condiment to me, not sure why I have never seen it! I do have some pork in the crockpot today with some asian ingredients! This stir fry dish does look tasty with all those peppers. Also this looks fairly easy to prepare which is always a plus. Thanks for sharing this one!

  2. I love pork tenderloin in just about anything! This looks like a very flavorful dinner!

  3. I love pork tenderloin – but I’ve never heard of black bean sauce…now I’m gonna comb the grocery stores so I can try it! Thanks for the introduction to something new!

  4. Mmm, this sounds to die for, and not like anything I’ve had. Very nice.

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