Chinese Black Bean and Brandy Marinade

The brandy flavor really comes through in this marinade, making it perfect for assertively flavored meats like lamb. The marinade is also delicious with salmonMore Chinese Recipes

Makes 3/4 cup


  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

  • 1/2 small shallot, coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 scallion, coarsely chopped

  • 1/4 cup Chinese black bean sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • 3/4 teaspoon sambal oelek

  • 1/2 tablespoon Asian fish sauce


  1. In a mini food processor, pulse the garlic, basil, cilantro, ginger, shallot and scallion until finely chopped. Add the black bean sauce, brandy, hoisin, sambal oelek and fish sauce and pulse to blend.

Make Ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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