This savory Asian-style Garlic Green Beans recipe is simple to make and full of flavor! It's a great, tasty side dish for a variety of Asian-inspired meals. (Vegan, gluten-free.)
These Asian-inspired garlic green beans are quick and easy to prepare.
The recipe is simple, but it has lots of delicious, savory flavor.
It's become one of our favorite green bean recipes!
Plus they make a tasty side dish for a variety of your favorite Asian-style meals.
Ingredients for Asian Green Beans
For this recipe, you will toss together in a large skillet or wok:
- Fresh green beans: You will need about one pound for this recipe. For best flavor and nutrients, try to find smooth, firm beans that are a bright green color. Avoid ones that are soft, bruised, or starting to turn yellow. I purchase organic when possible.
- Toasted sesame oil
- Fresh garlic cloves: We will use three cloves garlic, but you can use more or less depending on how much you like the taste.
- Shallot: If you can't find shallot, then yellow onion is the best substitute.
- Tamari: Or substitute soy sauce but I use tamari for a gluten-free option. Coconut aminos could also work. Be sure to use low sodium if needed.
Flavor tip: Don't forget to scoop up the remaining bits of garlic and shallot at the bottom of the pan right before serving. They are tiny, but pack big flavor!
Vegetables: Include other veggies such as mushrooms, baby bok choy, mung bean sprouts, etc.
Make it spicy: For a bit of heat, add red pepper flakes to taste before serving.
Flavors: Fresh ginger adds great flavor as well. Simply include freshly grated ginger to the pan when you add the shallot and garlic. (Or use about a quarter teaspoon ground ginger if you don't have fresh.)
Garnish + toppings: Sprinkle your bowl with sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, cashews, or sliced almonds before serving. They are tasty, plus add nice crunch and texture!
Rice: This dish is great served as is, or on a warm bed of cooked brown rice or quinoa.
Protein pairing: We also enjoy these beans served with a plant-based protein like Easy Baked Tofu.
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Asian Garlic Green Beans
- 1 lb. fresh green beans
- 1-2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot
- 2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
- Sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, cashews, or slivered almonds
- Trim ends off green beans. Mince garlic, and chop shallot.
- Add sesame oil to a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Let heat for a couple minutes until hot.
- Carefully add shallot and garlic. Heat for 20-30 seconds.
- Add green beans and stir well to coat.
- Sauté until just tender, about 5-6 minutes, stirring often so garlic doesn’t burn.
- Add tamari. Toss to combine and cook 1-2 minutes.
- When serving, don’t forget the garlic/shallot pieces on the bottom of the pan which provide big flavor.
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
Sodium: This is omitted as I cannot provide an accurate number. I encourage you to calculate your own to provide a much more precise reading based on the exact ingredients, brands, and amounts you're using.
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This is such a nice recipe! I only had frozen green beans but it turned out just as good as if I’d used fresh. No leftovers because my husband ate them all!
Wonderful to hear this worked with frozen green beans, Judy! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your kind and helpful feedback!
We just made these and loved them. We added red pepper and sesame seeds, served with rice.
Wonderful to hear, Susan! Great call with your additions. Thanks so much for sharing your kind and helpful feedback!
Made it for the 1st time, and I ate EVERY ONE in the dish!!!! Perfect thank you.
Great to hear! Thanks for giving it a try and sharing your kind feedback!
A new staple! Added shredded ginger and it was amazing.
Great to hear, Shari!
These are delicious. Very simple, with few ingredients and so much flavor. I added crushed almonds on top. Everyone in my house loved it.
Thanks for sharing!
No salt required is it?
Kaitlin | The Garden Grazer
Not unless you prefer it! Tamari has a nice salty taste so that's usually plenty for us.