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Green Bean Okazu Recipe
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Green Bean Okazu

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"This was my favorite dinner growing up. It's a quick and easy way to get picky kids to eat green beans, because of the sweet sauce. It's great served over rice, or alone."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until evenly brown; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in green beans and about 1 cup water. Cover, and cook until beans are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Season with sugar and soy sauce, and cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 21, 2003

This was really simple and quick to make. I served it over a bed of rice and didn't add the full amounts of soy sauce and sugar. It was still sweet. I thought it was pretty good for how easy it is to make. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites, but it's definitely a keeper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2011

Okay, so I only did 1# frozen green beans with 1/8c sugar & soy. I can see why kids would like it. It's sweet, not crazy sweet; but probably enough to get them to have a few - unless they're my kids. I guess if your kids won't eat meat either, they might this with the hamburger. For us ... just okay. I probably won't make it again, but ya never know.


117 Ratings

May 02, 2003

Quick, easy and tasty. Great for a quick weeknight meal. I used fresh green beans and I suppose canned or, even better yet, frozen would work just as well. I will definitely make this again although I will reduce the amount of soya sauce by half.

May 02, 2003

My husband doesn't care for green beans, but he loved this dish! Fabulous one-dish meal over rice. I added some black pepper to the meat before cooking. There was too much sauce at the end, so I added 1 TBS corn starch & water to thicken it up.

Feb 12, 2004

My personal additions/substitutions: Ground turkey for ground beef; canned French cut green beans for whole; tamari sauce instead of soy sauce; honey for sugar. Also added carrots since I needed to get rid of them. Amounts were all used as measured (for 2 servings), though. All in all, this tasted good - I think the sweetness of the carrots mixed with the honey might have added something, and I also let the meat and veggies sear slightly in the pan to add a slightly smoky flavor. I ate it over ramen noodles with a dash of vinegar, and that tasted good - I suspect it might be equally good over rice, as others suggested.

Jun 21, 2003

I like to make this recipe with a can of stewed or diced tomatoes added at the last 5 minutes. Otherwise, it's a little bland. With the tomatoes, it's just like my mom used to make.

Jun 21, 2003

Easy, very easy and handy as a last-minute meal. My husband and 15 month old son loved it and ate tons, I had no leftovers. I actually added a bit more soy sauce than called for, since I use Aloha soy sauce and it's less salty. Served over japanese sticky rice, it's a good, quick meal.

Oct 01, 2005

I served this over rice. it was pretty good. A bit sweet even though I cut the sugar in half! My kids liked so that alone makes this one a repeater. **update** I served the leftovers stuffed in sweet peppers topped with a bit of cheese. This was WONDERFUL. I think this may become my standard pepper stuffing.


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  • Calories
  • 444 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.8 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 30.3 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 21.9 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 986 mg
  • 39%

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

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