Garlicky, Spicy and Sesamey Green Beans Recipe -
Garlicky, Spicy and Sesamey Green Beans Recipe
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Garlicky, Spicy and Sesamey Green Beans

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"Always looking for a way to make green beans different, this one is such a winner. Green beans are sauteed with garlic, shallot and sesame seeds for a tasty side dish with Asian flair."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans, and cook for about 2 minutes. Drain, and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again.
  2. Heat the sesame oil and vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green beans, and fry for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the garlic, shallot, salt and pepper to the beans. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Mix in the sesame seeds, cook for 1 more minute, then serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 27, 2006

I loved these & so did my husband. I didn't change a thing except to add a couple more sprinkles of sesame oil because the shallots & garlic looked like they were cooking dry. Will have again & again. Served them w/ Sirloin Steaks & Garlic Butter (from this site) & fresh sliced pears. (I like to serve sliced pears or apples w/ garlicky foods because they act as a palate cleanser.)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 26, 2010

Too many sesame seeds in this recipe. Tasted better after I added some hot chili oil. Sorry.


43 Ratings

Mar 02, 2009

What I liked most about this is the cooking method! Blanching the green beans before finishing them off in the skillet served to preserve their vibrant green color, and made them perfectly crisp-tender. I finished cooking the beans in the skillet together with the shallots and garlic as I didn't want to take a chance of overcooking them. I added some chopped red pepper for color and eye appeal, and finished them with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil. I forgot the sesame seeds, darn it, but these were so good we didn't even miss them. These weren't "spicy," as indicated in the title, but they sure were good, and truly stood apart from your everyday green beans!

Apr 27, 2011

Way too many sesame seeds, definitely not spicy, couldn't even taste any garlic, and I just wasn't impressed. I followed the recipe as directed. Other recipes found here for the same type dish are far better. They weren't bad, but the name implies a flavor that just wasn't there. Now call them sesame green beans, make some small adjustments and I give this a 4. Sorry :(

May 02, 2011

This has been my favorite Asian-style green beans yet. I've tried some higher-rated ones and wasn't impressed. This will be my new method, with the addition of Sriracha. For the record, I subbed (liberally) soy sauce for the salt in this recipe, and that probably made a big difference. Be sure to take a paper towel or clean kitchen towel to your freshly-drained green beans BEFORE adding them to your hot oil, or you'll throw grease splash-back onto yourself. Drying them also helps them to blister and brown like they're supposed to (instead of steam and mush, like they are not supposed to). I wish the instructions included that step, because it's a standard cautionary procedure (never add water to hot oil, etc.) but I don't fault the recipe for that. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Dec 12, 2005

This was a great tasty way of making green beans! When we made it, however, we added red and yellow peppers to add some color and flavor and it was GREAT! Thanks!

Nov 05, 2008

there are definitely extra sesame seeds that end up staying the in pan... but I like sesame so its ok. It's definitely not spicy like the name says. I added oyster sauce for some more flavour and because I really like it. Good though!

Nov 10, 2011

Really quick and easy side dish! I would add some red peper flakes to this for an added kick. I can't really have sesame seeds but the sesame oil added the flavor so it was all good.


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  • Calories
  • 116 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.6 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 108 mg
  • 4%

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

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