I did not used to like green beans because they always turned out bland and limp, but this recipe changed it all! It’s an amalgamation of several Internet recipes which I tweaked to my liking. It was amazing to discover how well the classic Asian flavor combination of sesame oil and soy sauce complements green beans. I usually make the stir-fry sauce taste quite hot with two (sometimes two and a half) teaspoons of Chili Garlic sauce similar to Sriracha (and in fact produced by the same company, Huy Fong Foods). When plating, I sprinkle the beans liberally with coarse sea salt for extra crunch and visual appeal. Yum!
Recipe: Crunchy Spicy Green Beans
- 1 lb (500 g) fresh green beans
- vegetable oil (such as sunflower oil) for frying
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed with a garlic press
- 2 tsp chili garlic sauce or Sriracha sauce
- coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
Wash green beans and snip ends off.
Coat the bottom of a large frying pan or a skillet with vegetable oil. Add the beans and fry on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until about half of the beans have browned. You might want to cover the frying pan with a lid for this step to prevent splattering.
Meanwhile, prepare stir fry sauce by mixing sesame oil, soy sauce, crushed garlic, and Chili Garlic sauce (or Sriracha sauce) in a small bowl
Add stir fry sauce to green beans and fry on medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring very often to make sure every bean is coated in sauce.
Transfer green beans to a bowl in layers, sprinkling each layer with coarse sea salt
Enjoy green beans hot or cold.