Pippies in Black Bean Sauce


Sydney Seafood School

by Sydney Seafood School

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Want to Learn How To Cook Pippies in Traditional Asian Style?

Learn how to cook pippies with this easy to cook seafood recipe. The rich flavour of the pippies meat marries beautifully with the black bean sauce and chilli in this classic pippie recipe, so learn how to cook pippies now. The trick to keeping the pippies juicy and tender is to remove each shell from the pan as soon as it opens – so they don’t overcook and become tough and dry. The pippies recipe below will never leave you with he question of how to cook pippies again. Order your fresh pippies online today with your online fish market in sydney – Manettas Seafood Market.

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Serves: 6 as an entrée


  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • teaspoons pounded yellow rock sugar (see notes) x 2
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 5cm piece ginger, juiced (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 small red onion, cut into eighths
  • couple of cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • handful small red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
  • tablespoons salted black beans, washed x 2
  • tablespoons shao xing (see notes) x 2
  • 1.5kg pipis, purged (see notes)
  • Steamed jasmine rice, to serve


Step 1
Combine the water, soy sauce, rock sugar, sesame oil and ginger juice and set aside.

Step 2

Heat a wok until hot, add peanut oil and heat until very hot. Add the onion and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, until it starts to colour. Now add the garlic, chilli and black beans and stir to combine. Add the shao xing and cook, stirring, for a further 30 seconds or so. Add the stock mixture and pipis and toss well to combine. Reduce heat and cover.

Step 3

Cook for 1-2 minutes until pipis start to open. Uncover and, using a slotted spoon, remove pipis as soon as they open, placing them on a plate. When all pipis are removed, boil sauce vigorously until it thickens slightly.

Step 4

Return pipis to sauce, stir well and serve immediately with steamed jasmine rice.

You can substitute castor sugar for the yellow rock sugar (which is available in Asian food stores). To juice ginger, grate it finely then squeeze the juice from it. Shao xing is Chinese cooking wine, available from Asian grocery stores, if it is unavailable substitute dry sherry. Pipis are usually sold ‘purged’ to remove sand and grit, however it’s still a good idea to place them in a large bowl of cool salted water and sea salt (30g salt per litre water) for several hours or overnight, at room temperature, to get rid of any remaining sand (if you refrigerate them they’ll close up and won’t ‘spit out’ the sand).

Alternative species:
Black mussel, surf clam, Flame cockle, vongole.


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