Spicy Sesame Green Beans

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Since we don’t love meat, we’re going to skip the corned beef and cabbage and talk about green beans instead.

When I was young I used to help my mom with food prep which included cutting the ends off fresh green beans before she started cooking. A simple task, but one that can be relaxing and give a mother and daughter time to chat. (In reality I was probably asking annoying “but why” questions and mom was hoping I’d be quiet and focus on the task at hand but that’s neither here nor there.) Though we did sometimes eat canned beans, I always preferred the crisp, fresh kind.

These days I tend to switch between fresh (need to be cut) and fresh precut bagged beans. Use whichever you prefer but I would suggest staying away from frozen because they tend to have a different kind of taste and texture.

This recipe was inspired by the green beans at Dim Sum Go Go, one of our favorite places in Chinatown in Manhattan. Ours are of course different but hopefully they leave you with a pleased palate.

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Spicy Sesame Green Beans
One of our favorite flavorful side dishes. We like to serve it with egg white sandwiches or salmon.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat pan on Med-Hi, then add sesame oil.
  2. Chop ginger into small pieces and set aside.
  3. Once oil is heated, toss in green beans and stir for a few minutes. Add ginger. Then continue stirring for a couple more minutes, or until beans begin to blister. Turn heat down to Medium.
  4. Add soy sauce, chili sauce, honey and sesame seeds. Continue to stir. Then remove from heat after a minute or two.
  5. Top with lime juice and serve.
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