Easy Bean Sprouts

Bean sprouts blanched the Chinese way are made with a delicious soy sauce gravy. This easy mung bean sprouts recipe goes well with Hainanese Chicken Rice.

5 stars

Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 5 mins


Sauteed Bean Sprouts, Bean Sprouts Chinese Style

Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Indonesian, Bruneian

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Nutrition per Serving

207 kcal
17 g
14 g
7 g

Bean sprouts are usually used as accompanying ingredients in many Asian dishes especially noodles. They are low in calories yet rich in Vitamin C.

Vietnamese cuisine uses bean sprouts generously in their dishes like Pho, for example. They are usually served raw. However, in Malaysia, bean sprouts are normally served lightly cooked.

Why This Recipe Works?

It’s a not a stir fry recipe. Therefore, it takes less work by simply blanching the vegetables.

This Chinese style bean sprouts are served with accompanying soy sauce gravy. A little sugar and a dash of pepper are all you need for the soy sauce gravy. So simple to prepare but exceptionally delicious.

Do You Have to Boil Bean Sprouts Before Frying?

No, or they will be very mushy after stir frying. The cooking process is pretty quick as bean sprouts can also be eaten raw.

In this recipe, we choose to blanch the bean sprouts instead of stir frying. That would be sufficient to get rid of the raw taste while keeping its crunchy texture.

How Long to Cook Bean Sprouts?

It takes only 60 seconds in boiling water to cook. This quick cooking method is one of the healthiest way to prepare bean sprouts while maintaining the crunchy texture.

How to Prepare Bean Sprouts?

I am a little picky when preparing bean sprouts. The roots and beans of the bean sprouts need to be removed. This will take a bit of time but it is well worth the effort as the dish would be clean and looks more presentable.

It is highly important to clean bean sprouts well as they can be very easily contaminated. Hence, cleaning and cooking them in high heat makes them safe to eat.

How to Serve Bean Sprouts?

Small bits of fried salted fish, scallions and slices of fresh red chilies are used as garnishing and to enhance the taste. It definitely adds more flavour to the dish besides making it more appetizing.

In this recipe, bean sprouts are served with a sprinkle of fried garlic. This dish is also served as an accompaniment with Hainanese chicken rice and roast chicken rice.


2 tbsp
garlic clove(s)
1⁄2 tbsp
2 tbsp
light soy sauce
3 tbsp
1⁄4 tsp
white pepper
400 ml
400 g
bean sprouts

Steps to Prepare

Easy Bean Sprouts Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 1 garlic clove(s)

Heat oil over medium heat. Mince garlic and sauté them until golden brown. Remove from oil and set aside.

Easy Bean Sprouts Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 1⁄2 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
    • 3 tbsp water
    • 1⁄4 tsp white pepper

Pour soy sauce, sugar, water and white pepper into a pan. Cook mixture over low heat until sugar dissolves. Set gravy aside.

Easy Bean Sprouts Step 3

Step 3 of 3

    • 400 ml water
    • 400 g bean sprouts

Using the same pan, boil water to blanch bean sprouts for about 60 seconds. Dish them out and pour gravy onto them. Garnish with fried garlic.

Published: May 8, 2017

1 Discussions

Matt Malay
4 years ago

Matt Malay

Yum. Thanks for the blanch tip, I have also used salted fish and garnish with spring onions. Your videos lessons are stimulating. Thank you. MattMalay

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Salted fish over bean sprouts sounds wonderful. Show us a food snap!

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