Asian Style Green Beans

by | Oct 29, 2011 | Side Dishes, Vegetable Recipes

Asian style green beans with sautéed garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that I serve a lot of green vegetables at my house. Another trend that you might notice is that the vegetables are not covered in butter, cream sauces, or cheese, although I sometimes do top the vegies with a small amount of parmesan cheese.  Olive oil and garlic are usually present in most of the vegetable recipes that I make.

One of my favorite vegetables is green beans and I love them cooked with bacon and butter, however, I usually only eat them that way when I am visiting the mid-west and eating at a Cracker Barrel restaurant (by the way, if you get the opportunity to eat at a Cracker Barrel, you MUST try the baked apple dumplin). OK, I’ve wiped the drool from my chin and I’m back to my green bean blog.

A green bean recipe that I make often and will eat hot and cold is Asian style green beans. I received this recipe several years ago at a Weight Watcher’s meeting, so besides the recipe, I can also supply you with the nutritional info for the green beans. 

November is a good time to buy green beans to make this recipe as you can buy bags of green beans already cleaned and trimmed, which really helps reduce the prep time.

Asian Style Green Beans

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

In a large pot of boiling water, cook green beans for about 5 minutes until just tender.

While the green beans are cooking, combine soy sauce, oil, and sugar in a small bowl.

When the green beans are tender, remove from heat and drain.

Green beans cooked and drained

Spray a wok or large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir frequently for about 1 minute until the garlic has begun to brown.  Add the green beans. Stir and turn until the beans are well coated with the garlic. 

Minced garlic

Sautéed garlic just starting to brown

Add the soy sauce mixture to the green beans. Continue to stir and turn for about 2 minutes until the liquid has begun to be absorbed by the green beans.

Nutrition info: 68 calories, 2.4g fat, 4g fiber