Chinese Vegetarian Black Pepper Sauce Recipe

This recipe for black pepper sauce is a flavor-packed and savory dish that combines an aromatic blend of spices to create a delightful vegan meal. Not only is it perfect for vegans and vegetarians, but also for anyone looking for a delicious meat-free option.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bursting with flavor from the combination of fragrant spices, soy sauce, and vegetables.
  • Quick and easy to make in under 30 minutes.
  • Versatile: you can serve it with rice or noodles, add your favorite veggies like tofu or even swap out the peppers for broccoli or mushrooms!


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper,sliced
  • Salt (to taste)

For the Sauce:

Mix together the following ingredients:
– 2 tbsp cornstarch
-2 tbsp water、
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-1 tsp ground black pepper
#-Optional: garlic powder ,ginger powder(or fresh grated ginger), brown sugar(if you prefer spicy/sweet)

How To Make This Recipe:

Step One: Sauté The Veggies

Heat up a large pan over medium heat. Once heated up, add vegetable oil and stir-fry onions until translucent. Then add in minced garlic continually stirring until fragrant. Next step is adding sliced red & green peppers while occasionally stirring. Don’t forget to add some salt (to taste).

Step Two: Prepare The Sauce Mixture.

Mix all well-prepared ingredients comprising ‘For The Sauce’ list while waiting for vegetables to cook down.

Step Three:Add Thickening Agent

Pour mixed solution through a strainer into pan.(This will omit any leftover clumps from forming!) Ensure food is not stirred too much after pouring as this dish is best enjoyed with saucy goodness!

Step Four: Cook The Dish

Allow the sauce to simmer on low-medium heat until it thickens (may take 2-3 minutes). After a few minutes of simmering, turn off heat. Serve hot with rice or noodles.

Cooking Time and Temperature Guidelines:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time:15minutes
  • Total Time :25minutes

My Pro-tips:

  1. Don’t overcook the vegetables – they should be cooked but still slightly crisp for optimal texture.
  2. Adjust seasoning to taste preferences such as salt, pepper, garlic powder or ginger powder.
  3. Use different veggies according to your taste,swap out peppers for broccoli or mushrooms!
  4. For a sweeter sauce, add some brown sugar while preparing the sauce mixture.

Seasoning Options:

For those who enjoy spicier food , chop up some red chili flakes into small pieces ,and sprinkle on top after cooking this dish! Also, adjust other seasonings like soy sauce and black pepper accordingly.

Recipe Tips:

1.Ensure that all ingredients are prepped beforehand
2.Heating up pan beforehand can help speed up cooking time tremendously!

Recommended Tools To Make This Recipe:

1.Look for any large-sized wok(Or pan), to prevent spillage!
2.Use a Garlic Press/Mincer for minced garlic cloves (Makes life so much easier!)
3.Rice cooker (if desired)

To sum up: This Chinese Vegetarian Black Pepper Sauce recipe is an easy-to-make and deliciously flavored dish that can be enjoyed by vegans/vegetarians alike . Try adding different vegetables,and make sure you don’t forget using Brown Sugar if prefer spicy/sweet flavor combos!


Is this recipe vegan-friendly?

Yes! This black pepper sauce recipe is completely plant-based and vegan-friendly. It calls for tofu to serve as the protein in the dish.

Can I substitute another type of protein instead of tofu?

Absolutely! While this recipe uses tofu, you can substitute it with other vegetarian or vegan proteins, such as tempeh or seitan. If you prefer a non-veggie option, you could also try using shrimp or chicken instead.

How spicy is this black pepper sauce?

The level of spiciness can depend on how much black pepper you use in the recipe. However, it’s typically not intended to be very spicy. If you’re concerned about heat levels, start by adding a small amount of black pepper and taste as you go until it reaches your desired level of spiciness. You could also add red chili flakes if you want to increase the heat further.