In our recent Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box, we received 5 fistfuls (about a pound) of fresh green beans. I cleaned them, put them in a large ziploc bag in the fridge until I could be struck by inspiration.
I was doing the end-of-week veg prep Sunday morning (to make room for the new box arriving Monday), and I came across the green beans. I was watching tik tok last night and saw a video for spicy green beans. I decided to give it a go.
To start, I searched online for a bunch of recipes and Frankestein’d together a recipe using what we had on hand, which wasn’t much. Our fridge died last summer and I still haven’t replaced all of the condiments, in part because of supply chain issues, and also because of freaking inflation.
Spicy Szechuan Style Green Beans
- 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
- 2 T. your favorite cooking oil (I used grapeseed)
- 2 T. Diced Garlic (It’s ok to use the stuff in a jar)
- 1 T. Chili Paste or Sriracha (whatever you have)
- 2 t. onion powder
- 1 green onion, white and light green parts only
- 3 T. Soy sauce (I used low sodium)
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 T. rice vinegar (or white- whatever you have)
- Juice of half an orange
Optional, but tasty
- Sesame Seeds
- Red Pepper Flakes
- In a large pan or wok, heat oil.
- Cook green beans for 5-8 minutes, or until they start to brown and wilt. If your green beans have been stored in the fridge, it will take longer.
- While the beans cook, add the 1 T. garlic, chili paste, onion powder, and green onion to a small bowl and combine.
- After the beans have browned and wilted, add the chili/garlic mixture and combine/coat the green beans. Cook for 3-ish minutes on medium until the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the remaining liquid ingredients (I poured all of them into a mixing cup and set it aside until this step, but you can pour them directly into the pan/wok), cooking on low until some of the water evaporates. Remove from heat, and add sesame seeds and red pepper flakes (less than 1 tablespoon each).
This is a great side dish for any Asian food. I served it for breakfast -grown ups only- over basmati rice, topped with a jammy egg. It was very filling.
This recipe is vegan/vegetarian. If you are sensitive to gluten, replace your soy with tamari or coconut aminos.