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Chinese Green Beans with Garlic

Chinese Green Beans are a quick and spicy stir-fried side dish for the Asian food lovers in the group. Simply sauté green beans with garlic, then add in a Sriracha-soy sauce for a flavorful explosion.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Jennifer Deppa


  • 12-16 oz. green beans ends trimmed
  • 2-3 Tbsp. oil avocado or another neutral oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. soy sauce or Tamari
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar or honey
  • ½-1 tsp. Sriracha sauce or other hot sauce
  • ½ tsp. sesame oil toasted
  • ⅛-¼ tsp. salt to taste


  • Add the oil to a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Wait for the oil to heat up, about 1-2 minutes, and then add the beans being VERY careful as the hot oil can splash! Spread them out in a single layer and let them cook for 2-3 minutes, without stirring.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook an additional 7-8 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn heat to medium, add garlic cloves and saute for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Whisk together sauce in a small to medium-sized bowl and pour into the skillet. Cook for 1 minute more, or until the sauce has reduced by half.
  • Serve with toasted sesame seeds and additional red pepper flakes. Enjoy!


Meal Prep and Storage

  • How to prep ahead of time: You can make the sauce a day before, just keep it in the fridge. If you didn't buy prepared green beans, trim them a day early, as well.
  • How to store: Place leftover green beans in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
  • How to freeze: Carefully put the green beans in a freezer bag or container. If you are using a bag or plastic wrap, put a layer of aluminum foil around the outside for extra protection from the cold. This step keeps air out and reduces freezer burn. Alternatively, flash freeze green beans in a single layer first to keep them from bunching together.
  • How to reheat: Allow green beans to thaw in the fridge. Cook in a skillet over medium heat with additional butter or oil as needed.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg