Green Beans Side Dish

Sesame Soy Green Beans

I realized as I started writing this post that I use green beans quite a bit.  Whether in a main dish or as a side, I really do rely on the good old green bean.  (I even like them raw with dip!)

This quick Asian style side dish was super easy to make and required no trip to the grocery store.  Everything I needed was already in my pantry and fridge, which is something that makes me so happy.  (It’s the little things in life!)

I loved the strong sesame flavor in this side dish.  Sesame oil really adds such a nutty deliciousness.  The soy sauce added just the right amount of salt.  The beans kept their crispness too.  (Let’s be real…nobody really likes mushy green beans!)

Start by prepping the garlic…

  • Thinly slice 2 cloves of garlic.


  • Heat some canola oil in a skillet (or wok) over medium-high heat.


  • Once the oil is hot, add the garlic.


  • Fry the garlic until golden, no more than 2 minutes.  (Don’t let it burn!)
  • Add some green beans.


  • Drizzle in a couple of tablespoons of sesame oil.


  • Cook, stirring frequently, until the beans turn bright green.


  • Pour in a couple tablespoons of soy sauce.


  • Sprinkle in some sesame seeds.


  • Stir and cook for a minute or two longer.


Serve with some chicken or beef (my Grilled Korean Beef would pair great with these beans!).  Enjoy!




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Sesame Soy Green Beans (serves 2)


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Heat the canola oil in a wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the green beans and sesame oil.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Cook, stirring often, until the beans are bright green and tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the soy sauce.
  • Sprinkle in the sesame seeds.
  • Stir and cook for 1 more minute.

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