Asian-Style Sesame and Garlic Green Beans – A Quick and Flavorful Side Dish

In my opinion, a side dish is just as important as a main dish and it should be flavorful enough to stand on its own. Sesame oil is one of my favorite condiments to add to a vegetable dish. The flavor is bold so you don’t need much and it’s a delicious way to jazz up green beans. Once you add it to the pan, the aroma of the sesame oil lingers in your kitchen. Then you know it’s time to eat!

This recipe is so simple and very easy to prepare. If you don’t have green beans, any kind of vegetable would work fine like broccoli, snow peas or carrots. Serve this with my Crispy Salmon Fillet for the perfect dinner.

Cook garlic for about a minute, then add green beans and sesame oil.

Stir in soy sauce, then add toasted sesame seeds.

Sesame Garlic Green Beans Recipe

  • 1 pound green beans, washed
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Heat a large pan or wok over medium heat. Pour in canola oil and add sliced garlic, cook for about a minute. Toss in green beans and sesame oil. Stir the beans to coat with oil. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until beans are bright green. Add soy sauce and stir frequently for about 5 minutes. Stir in toasted sesame seeds and transfer to a serving platter.

Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
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10 Responses to “Asian-Style Sesame and Garlic Green Beans – A Quick and Flavorful Side Dish”

  1. sos443 November 9, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Does it even taste like garlic after you cooked it for 15 minutes?

    • Barb November 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

      For this side dish, the garlic is actually a little more subtle tasting. Feel free to add the garlic with the beans for a stronger garlic flavor.

  2. mjskit December 20, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Great Asian style green beans! You like your garlic slivers like I do – thin, browned and crispy! Nothing better with these beautiful beans.

    • Barb December 20, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      I agree! Thin slivers of garlic compliment the green beans so well. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Justin January 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    Are the beans supposed to be incredibly snappy at this point? I followed the cooking time and they still seemed very hard. I actually added a little chicken stock and cooked them down until the stock was gone – still tasted great!

    • Barb January 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback. Did you use the same amount of green beans?

      Either way, I enjoy my beans pretty snappy so you may want to cook them a little longer to your taste. Adding chicken stock sounds like a good idea actually. Glad you enjoyed them!

  4. marla March 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Beautiful green beans…..Love this recipe! Linking back to it in my next post 🙂

  5. Kimmy December 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    These were great but I cooked garlic for 1 min then added the rest for about 3 mins. I like mine crunchy.

    • Barb December 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Awesome, sounds great Kimmy!

  6. C September 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    These were great! Sort of agree about the cook-time– some were snappy, some were cooked just right, and that was with adding some extra time. I’ll just be sure to try more of them before finishing up. I also added cubed tofu, which soaked up the remaining soy sauce & sesame oil, and ate it over rice. Will definitely do this again – what an easy and tasty dish 🙂

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