Asian Green Beans Tutorial

I love green beans. They have to be my favorite vegetable. Anytime we go to a Chinese buffet, I always beeline to the green beans. This isn't exactly like what you'd get at the buffet but it's really good and easy and a perfect side for Teriyaki chicken.

Asian Green Beans


1 1/2 lbs of fresh green beans
1 1/2 Tbs sesame seed oil
2 Tbs garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 Tbs soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbs rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Step 1 

Cook green beans in a pot of salted boiling water for about 3 minutes. Then plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Then remove from ice water and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Heat sesame oil over high heat, add garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir-fry for about 1 minute.

Step 3

Add the green beans, cook for 1 minute, then add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Cook about two minutes until sauce begins to thicken and coat the beans.

Step 4

Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Anonymous said…
I am the same at the buffet, I pile on the green beans and ignore nearly everything else.
I have yet to find a recipe that comes close, however yours seems like it is spot on!!!! I am super excited to try these out! THANK YOU
Cris said…
Love, LOVE!!! We make these at least 3 times a month. My husband loves them. Through I have to be careful on the pepper flakes....I've have too heavy a hand on that and Daddy was the only one eating green beans that night. LOL!!!
Anonymous said…
How do you keep the garlic from burning while the beans cook?
That's actually my favorite thing to eat. Very nice veggie, it eases my constipation.

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