Stir Fried Venison Heart with Chili Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Venison Heart with Chili Bean Sauce

This stir fried venison heart with chili bean sauce is a deliciously spicy way to enjoy heart.

Chili bean paste is a spicy and somewhat funky Chinese condiment. You can find the Lee Kum Kee version (which is what I used here) in most grocery stores these days, or the more authentic doubanjiang versions in Asian grocery stores. 

Feel free to use venison, lamb, pork, or beef heart!

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Yield4 light servings or 2 large


  • 1 venison heart (or pork, lamb, or 1/2 beef, elk, or moose heart)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) + 1 teaspoon (5ml) Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) lard, fat, or vegetable oil
  • 1/4lb (120g) fresh shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 3 sticks celery, sliced on a bias
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 thumb ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) white sugar or honey
  • 4 scallions, sliced 
  • 1-3 tablespoons (15-45ml) chili bean paste (depending on how much spiciness you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 2 teaspoons (6g) cornstarch
  • Small handful of chopped cilantro for garnish



Trim heart of any large veins and fat on the top. 

Make a slice down the side of the heart and open it up like a book. Remove any veins or extraneous  material. 

Cut the heart into thick strips and add them to a bowl. 

Pour over the 1/4 cup (60ml) of Shaoxing wine, toss, and let marinate for 10-15 minutes. 

If serving with rice, make your rice now. 


Have all of your ingredients prepared and close to hand, as stir frying moves fast!

Add oil to a wok or large skillet over high heat. 

Add the heart, leaving the liquid behind, and fry, stirring often, for 2 minutes. 

Transfer the heart to a bowl and set aside. 


Add the mushrooms o the wok and stir fry for 3 minutes. 

If the wok is dry, you can add a touch more oil or fat. 

Add the celery, garlic, and ginger and stir fry for another 2 minutes. 

Add the soy sauces, the teaspoon (5ml) of shaoxing wine, and the sugar and cook for 1 minute. 

Mix the cornstarch and water together in a cup or bowl. 

Add the heart, scallions (reserving a pinch for garnishing), chili bean paste, and water/cornstarch. 

Stir fry until the liquid reduces to a thick stickiness. Take off of the heat. 


Serve immediately with rice, garnishing the stir fry with the reserved scallions and cilantro. Enjoy!

Stir Fried Venison Heart with Chili Bean Sauce

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