Chinese Green Beans - An easy and quick way to enjoy green beans. This is vegan as well as gluten-free. Serve them with plain rice or noodles. In fact, this is a healthy dish to add to the lunch or dinner menu.
These Chinese green beans are pan-fried and flavored with an aromatic sauce blend. Also, this recipe has a strong flavor of fresh garlic. These are way better than the deep-fried beans or cheesy beans casserole.
Green beans are one of the healthiest vegetables. These are low-carb, low-calorie vegetables. It's good to add them to your diet. These are good for heart health, diabetes control, bones, and gut health. It's also helpful in the prevention of cancer, reduction of depression, etc. It has numerous health benefits indeed.
Chinese Garlic Green Beans
Chinese garlic green beans are simple yet flavorful green beans stir fry. Traditionally green beans are deep-fried for this recipe and then tossed with garlic and seasonings. But here I'm shallow frying the beans with lesser oil. Garlic adds a nice aroma to the beans. So add them generously for a strong garlic flavor.
Serve the garlic green beans and stir fry with plain steamed rice. This makes a great side dish and can pair up with any main course. It requires minimal ingredients to make the Chinese green beans. Plus only 10 minutes or even less for small batch size.
Chinese green beans are -
- vegan, plant-based
- delicious in taste & flavor
- tender with a crunch texture
- great side dish
- few ingredients
- 10 minutes only
How to cook green beans perfectly?
There are two ways to cook green beans perfectly.
First, blanch the beans for 3 - 4 minutes till they become tender. Then remove them from the hot water and give them an ice water bath. This will help retain the bright color of the beans. Then toss them with sauteed garlic and other flavors/ seasonings/ sauces.
Second, directly stir-fry the beans on a pan or wok. Add the sauces and seasonings once the beans look almost cooked. Simmer till all sauces/ seasonings are well coated with green beans.
Tips For The Best Chinese Green Beans Stir-fry
Don't overcook the beans. They may turn pale and lose nutrition with overcooking. Cook until they are blistered and tender.
Before cooking, make sure to pat dry the beans completely with a kitchen napkin or paper towel. Drying veggies is an important step here.
Don't overcrowd and cook in batches. Overcrowding will result in steaming the veggies and will make them soggy. Preferably each piece should be touching the bottom of the skillet.
Allow the beans to get blistered and slightly charred. Maintain high heat cooking for the initial few minutes and then lower to medium heat for blistering.
Don't touch the initial 3 - 4 minutes and after that keep stirring in between occasionally.
Add garlic only after the veggies are blistered and cooked tender.
Ingredients You'll Need -
Low sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
Salt (if required at all since soy sauce contains salt in it)
Hot sauce (optional)
Any neutral-tasting oil/ vegetable oil
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Wash and pat dry the green beans. Trim both the ends. Cut into halves if long in size.
In a large cast iron skillet or any heavy bottom pan, heat a little oil till smoking hot. Then reduce to medium heat.
Add the green beans to the hot oil and leave it for 2 - 3 minutes untouched. Then give a nice stir making sure all beans are equally cooked. Allow them 3 - 4 minutes to get nicely charred and blistered.
Once done remove from pan and keep aside. To the same pan add a little oil (if required). Add minced garlic and saute till starts to change color. Add soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. And hot sauce for spicy or skip it if don't need it.
Next, add the beans and toss them well. Season with black pepper and salt if required since soy sauce already contains some salt in it. Stir-fry for 1 - 2 minutes to infuse the flavors well. Remove once done and serve hot with steamed rice or serve as a healthy snack.
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Chinese Green Beans
- 1 cast iron skillet
- 1 spatula
- ½ lb green beans (225 - 250 gms)
- 4 - 6 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp rice vinegar or shaoxing vinegar
- ½ tsp hot sauce (optional) sub - red chilli flakes
- 2 - 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 pinch salt as required
- Wash and pat dry the green beans.
- Trim both the ends. Cut into halves if long in size.
- In a large cast iron skillet or any heavy bottom pan, heat a little oil till smoking hot. Then reduce to medium heat.
- Add the green beans to the hot oil and leave it for 2 - 3 minutes untouched.
- Then give a nice stir making sure all beans are equally cooked. Allow them 3 - 4 minutes each time to get nicely charred and blistered.
- Once done remove from pan and keep aside.
- To the same pan add a little oil (if required).
- Add minced garlic and saute till starts to change color.
- Add soy sauce and vinegar. And hot sauce for spicy ones or skip it if don't need it.
- Next, add the beans and toss them well.
- Season with black pepper and salt if required since soy sauce already contains some salt in it.
- Stir-fry for 1 - 2 minutes to infuse the flavors well. Remove once done and serve.