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How to make red bean paste (easy smashed version)
Red Bean Paste
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Homemade sweet red bean paste with two ways (simplified smashed version and traditional smooth versioin)
Course: sauce
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: red bean
Calories: 274 kcal
Author: Elaine
Smashed version
  • 1 cup Chinese red beans ,azuki bean ,around 200g
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tiny pinch of salt
Smooth version
  • 1 cup Chinese red beans ,azuki bean ,around 200g
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter or vegetable oil ,28 to 30g
  • a tiny pinch of salt
  1. Wash the red beans and soak the dried red beans at least 8 hours or overnight. Longer soaking time can shorten the cooking time.
  2. Drain and add around 3 cups of water in a high pressure cooker along with the beans.
  3. Cook the beans for around 40 minutes or until quite soft.
Smashed version
  1. Smash the beans with a hard spatula. Add sugar and heat over slow fire to cook off extra water until form a paste texture. Stir from time to time during the process.
Smooth version
  1. Press the cooked mixture with a spatula through a fine strain to remove the skins to get the smoothest texture. Or if you prefer to keep the skin, transfer all the content to a food processor and blend to a smooth consistency.
  2. Transfer the paste to a pan. Add salt, sugar and butter. Use low fire to simmer the exceeded water out. Keep stirring during the process until the paste can sticky together.
  3. Wait for the paste to cool down.
Recipe Notes

Store the paste in air-tighter container up for 2 weeks.

Prepare time do not include the time for soaking the beans. 

Nutrition Facts
Red Bean Paste
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.4g1%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 502mg14%
Carbohydrates 62.6g21%
Fiber 5.6g23%
Sugar 40.8g45%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 74IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 11.4mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.