Asian Garlic Green Beans

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Author Notes: Give your green beans the Asian treatment!mtlabor

Serves 2-3

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add generous amount of salt and add green beans. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat for about 2 minutes. You want it to get pretty hot by itself. Add oil and coat the pan. Add the green beans and saute for about 2-4 minutes, or until they start to brown.
  3. Make a well in the center of the skillet and add garlic, ginger powder, and red pepper flakes. Slowly start to incorporate the green beans, until everything is well mixed.
  4. Stir in soy sauce and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve fresh and hot as a great side or snack!
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Tags: Jennifer Steinhauer, Jenny, Jenny's in the Kitchen, jestei

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3 months ago Jara

I made these last night. My only change was to steam the green beans in the microwave rather than boil them. Easy and quick.

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10 months ago Vanina Howan

This was super yummy! I didn't have ginger powder so I used fresh ginger(grated). Will make it again. Thanks!

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over 1 year ago Adelucchi

Super delicious. Want to try the same technique with mustard greens! Thanks for the flavorful recipe.

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about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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One of our favorites! I've made this many times since it was first mentioned by Jenny in an early column of hers here. I'm not keen on chilies of any kind, but find that the ground ginger (not an ingredient I'd have thought to use in a recipe like this) gives it a nice kick. I'm making these again tonight! ;o)

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over 2 years ago jls78

The simplicity of the recipe is deceptive. The flavor is so much more interesting than I expected. I would eat these every day if I could!

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almost 3 years ago borntobeworn

I just made these again tonight but with a generous splash of honey ginger vinegar - wow, adds a little sweetness to the ginger bite. Love these and make them about once/week!

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almost 3 years ago dgourmet

Great recipe! It is delicious, well-written, and straightforward to make. Thanks.

Have you ever tried it with the Chinese long green beans? I will try that version next.

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almost 3 years ago recipegal

Sounds delicious...I might add a couple of tsp. of sesame oil.

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almost 3 years ago mtlabor

Definitely some awesome ideas coming through! Glad you guys like this one =)

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almost 3 years ago chubert

Also delicious to add some ground pork or ground beef, if you want to make it more of a main course.

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almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Oh, yum!! What a great idea. I made this last night, again. It's really good for the heavier, late-season Blue Lakes we're getting now. Love the idea of making it a main course!! I usually serve it as a side with monkeymom's "Criss-Cross Eggplant," which is a favorite here. ;o)

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almost 3 years ago haeema

Now I know what I've been doing wrong! I didn't parboil them first! This should make them much better :)

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almost 3 years ago carolinemgarrison

awesome recipe! i've been trying to replicate the ones from my favorite restaurant from home for the past few years, but nothing has come close. i think it's safe to say these ones might be even better. this dish, paired with the asian fried chicken with honey ginger sauce made for a great lunch today. can't wait to make it for my family next week when i'm home for the holidays!

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almost 3 years ago carolinemgarrison

awesome recipe! i've been trying to replicate the ones from my favorite restaurant from home for the past few years, but nothing has come close. i think it's safe to say these ones might be even better. this dish, paired with the asian fried chicken with honey ginger sauce made for a great lunch today. can't wait to make it for my family next week when i'm home for the holidays!

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about 3 years ago mtlabor

Glad this one is such a hit for you guys! It definitely is in our house =)

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Love these!! Have made them several times, and am planning to do so again tomorrow night. This recipe's a real keeper . . .was an instant family favorite here. ;o)

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about 3 years ago micook

I am making this for the third time in, what, a month? We love it! Last time I wasn't paying much attention and added the soy sauce to the garlic, ginger powder and red pepper flakes. It avoided a step and was just as delicious. Thanks, mtlabor.

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about 3 years ago mtlabor

Sounds like a good idea! Glad you liked it Heather!

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about 3 years ago HeatherM

Delicious! My pan stayed very hot so I might try mixing in the soy sauce in a serving bowl next time.

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about 3 years ago spaetzlegirl

these really hit the spot. i used sesame oil in place of the olive oil since i had some sitting around. they may have been even better cold the next day...

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about 3 years ago mtlabor

So glad you guys liked these!