Chinese green beans have become one of the most delicious vegetables you can get in your side dish. The beauty of green beans is that you can find them in many different presentations, but today, we’ll focus on the Chinese/Asian variant.
I absolutely love Chinese green beans. If you prepare them correctly, you will get a tender-crisp vegetable that tastes amazing.
Also called “Chinese garlic green beans,” this side dish will surprise you and your friends next time you share a meal together. Today, I’ll cover all the steps you need to prepare Chinese green beans.
Why Would You Prepare Asian-style Green Beans?
The most obvious answer to this question is: “Because you want to.” However, you can add green beans from any variant, so why choose the Asian one?
First, this recipe for Asian green beans won’t take you that long. Even if you’re a beginner, it won’t take you more than 25 minutes.
Moreover, due to the nature of green beans, you can customize the recipe to fit your taste. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, or you prefer another one better, feel free to change things up!
Asian-style green beans can get paired with broccoli, mushrooms, and peppers, making them a nice companion for most meals. As for the primary course, you can pair Asian green beans with chicken, beef, salmon, or rice!
What Ingredients Do You Need?
When it comes to Asian green beans, you will likely have most of the ingredients at home. Remember, you can change up the ingredients if you want, but if you want to have a nice first experience, you can follow my recipe:
Are There Any Ingredient Alternatives?
Of course! Consider the following guidelines when selecting the ingredients for your Chinese-style green beans:
- Try to go for fresh green beans instead of frozen ones. While you can use frozen beans, fresh ones tend to have a better texture. If you want to go the frozen route, I would try our instant pot green beans recipe.
- Regular soy sauce will do the trick, but if you want to have a nice balance of flavors, I suggest you go for low-sodium soy sauce.
- You can use Sriracha or Sambal Oelek for your chili garlic sauce. On the other hand, if you don’t like heat/spiciness, you can skip this ingredient.
- Feel free to add as much garlic as you want, but I feel like one clove is enough.
- The chili oil will help you with the spiciness of your Chinese garlic green beans. However, if you’re not a fan, you can replace it with peanut oil or sesame oil.
- You can replace rice vinegar with white wine vinegar. Distilled white vinegar is too acidic for this dish.
- You can add a bit of oyster sauce to make this dish healthier.
- If you’re allergic (or don’t like) sesame oil, feel free to use olive oil.
What Equipment Do You Need?
You won’t need too much to prepare your Chinese garlic green beans. In most cases, all you will need is a stir-fry pan/large skillet with a lid. Having a spatula will also help you mix everything.
Expert Tips to Prepare Asian Green Beans
There are different levels of “doneness” to your green beans, so make sure you prepare them to your taste. Some people prefer them soft, while others (like me!) prefer them crunchy.
In any case, try not to overcook your green beans. You should aim for a bright green color instead of a brown one.
Remember you can add different ingredients and spices to your dish. You can use oyster sauce instead of soy sauce, for example, although your dish may taste different. On the other hand, you can get red pepper flakes/chili flakes if you want a spicy sauce.
Pair up your soy sauce with a bit of honey if you want to add some sweetness to your green beans recipe.
Make sure you’re not crowding the pan with too many green beans. Allow each bean to have enough space to cook evenly.
Can You Use Frozen Green Beans?
Technically, you can use frozen green beans, but that will likely give you soft and limp beans in the end. Just like with our fresh green bean casserole recipe, if you truly want that tenderness and crispness with your dish, then make sure you’re using fresh green beans.
Moreover, if you’re a fan of long beans, make sure to use Chinese green beans.
Do you have any leftovers? Don’t worry; you can get them into an airtight container and then into your fridge. In most cases, your green beans will be fine for up to four days.
Once you get them out, you can reheat them in your microwave, although I recommend going for a skillet if you want to give them some of their crispness back.
Are There Any Health Benefits to Green Beans?
Many people eat green beans as a way to stay healthier with their diet. The fact that green beans are a vegetable should already be a great indicator that they’re healthy, but what makes them that good for your health?
There are a lot of benefits to these beans, so let’s cover some of the most impressive ones:
Most green bean types are full of fiber, which can help lower your LDL cholesterol levels. This can improve your overall heart health.
The fiber in green beans will also help you balance your digestive system. Even if you have a digestive disorder, you won’t have to worry about green beans’ fibers, as they’re considered a low FODMAP food, which is healthier for those who want to improve symptoms of digestive disorders.
Green beans are high in calcium and vitamin K, which aid in keeping your bone structure strong and healthy. They can also help you decrease the risk of fractures.
You read that right. Thes beans have vitamin B, which can help reduce the amount of homocysteine in your body, which is responsible for managing your natural production of serotonin, dopamine, and other hormones that regulate your mood, appetite, and sleep.
In other words, these beans could, theoretically, help you balance your mood, which can help fight mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
The chlorophyll in these beans could help slow the growth of cancer tumors, which could, therefore, decrease your risk of cancer. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much information about these effects on humans, as the tests have been only done on animals. Still, the fact that the beans have chlorophyll could already be a nice indicator of how good they are for your body.
Should you try these Asian-style beans? Absolutely! They’re a nice alternative to traditional beans, and aside from having numerous health benefits, they’re delicious!
Even if you don’t have a primary dish to eat the beans with, you can still eat them as your primary course. They hold up nicely.
Moreover, these beans give you a wide range of variety that you will not find in other recipes. While you can follow my recipe to get an excellent flavor out of your beans, you can also experiment a bit with your favorite ingredients.
I hope this guide has helped you understand how to make these amazing beans in an easy and fast way.
- 1 lb. green beans
- 1 tsp. sesame oil or avocado oil
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. chili garlic sauce
- 1 tsp. rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp. chili oil
- 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- Grab your green beans and chop off the top and bottom. Then, throw the green beans into your pan, and sauté them in the oil for about five to seven minutes on medium-high heat. Remember to stir your green beans occasionally to ensure they get evenly crisp.
- Here, you will mix all of the ingredients you chose for the sauce of your Chinese Garlic Green Beans. Once your green beans are tender-crisp, add the sauce, and cook until all the green beans are evenly coated in a thick sauce layer.
- Now, this is the part where you get to be creative. Get the garlic green beans out and garnish them with sesame seeds, sesame oil, chopped peanuts, and any other ingredient you want. Still, the sesame oil and sesame seeds are enough to get an excellent flavor to your garlic green beans.Once you're done garnishing your green beans, feel free to serve them alone or beside your main dish.
Remember that if you want more spice, you can add ingredients like red pepper flakes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g