Dad's Pan-Fried Green Beans Recipe -
Dad's Pan-Fried Green Beans Recipe
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Dad's Pan-Fried Green Beans

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"Once upon a time, Dad received a similar recipe with a bundle of fresh green beans. He made the recipe once and then lost the card. After many attempts to recreate that flavor, he declares that this, his own recipe, is even better!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Place the green beans in a large saucepan or pot with one inch of water. You may place them in a steamer insert if you have one. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 5 minutes, they should still be firm and bright green.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and sugar; set aside.
  3. Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until starting to brown. Add the green beans and stir to coat with the oil. Stir in the soy sauce mixture and simmer for a couple of minutes uncovered to reduce the sauce. Transfer the beans to a serving dish and pour the sauce over them.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 20, 2006

Awesome! Just perfect. I don't bother with the vinegar because it's not necessary. I don't use one pound of GB's either--just a few handfuls. Run them under water, pinch off the ends and forget boiling them 1st. It's NOT necessary. I add extra fresh crushed garlic to the pan and saute everything (covered) on a med-flame for 10-15 minutes so it's tender and flavorful! YUM!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 20, 2007

This was good, but I only used one TBS of sesame oil and it was still a little overpowering! I used equal amounts low-sodium soy sauce and balsamic, and added a half tsp red pepper flakes and a bit of arrowroot to thicken the sauce. Good beans!

Nov 07, 2006

I use a similar cooking method . I use olive oil instead of sesame , skip the sugar ,use the garlic , sprinkle on teriyaki sauce instead of soy, add a sprinkle of sesame seeds , then add in the stirfried beef or chicken strips Ive prepared in advance & serve it all on a bed of rice . This recipe was a result of my first ever attempt at stirfry (Im from a long line of traditional country cooks) & my kids love it m ,

Dec 03, 2006

Yum, these were good. Even two of my kids who never touch green beans had some. Frozen beans work fine. I cut the oil in half, and used just 2 T. of soy sauce. More would be overwhelming. Thanks for a keeper.

Jul 30, 2006

this is an awesome recipe, a big hit in my house. I sauteed my beans in olive oil and garlic instead of boiling, but I did everything else the same. Ive also used this recipe to make asparagas, just as good!

Jul 30, 2007

awesome! the soy/basalmic combo was really good. used 4 cloves of fresh garlic and evoo instead of sesame oil. i will make these VERY often...even my picky fiancee LOVED them

May 05, 2006

as Rachel Ray would say: YUMMO! I didn't have sesame oil though so I used olive oil and added 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds and was happy they worked out. Great recipe! thanks!

Nov 04, 2006

This was good but not our favorite. I find that adding the garlic at the middle of the cooking time helps the garlic maintain a better garlic taste.


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  • Calories
  • 73 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.5 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 271 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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