Our family goes wild for these easy miso-glazed green beans! It's an easy, delicious side dish. Fresh, snappy green beans are glazed with a sweet and savory sauce. (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free.)
Our family goes wild for these miso-glazed green beans that are packed with delicious flavor. It's both sweet and savory!
And they only take 15 minutes to make, with very simple preparation.
It's a fantastic choice for a summer side dish (with fresh garden green beans) or even a flavorful addition to your holiday table in the winter.
They're a great alternative to these Almond-Garlic Green Beans we love as well.
Ingredients for Miso Green Beans
For this recipe you will combine in a large skillet:
- Fresh green beans: You will need about one pound green beans for this recipe. It's a great dish to enjoy in the summer or early fall when green beans are at peak harvest and flavor. (Green beans are usually available year round, but they are especially fresh during May through October.)
- Sesame seeds: Either regular or lightly toasted sesame seeds will work.
- White miso paste: Miso is a fermented soybean paste. It has a mild umami flavor and is delicious as an added seasoning.
- Fresh lemon juice
- Tamari: Or you can substitute soy sauce or coconut aminos. (Be sure to use low sodium if desired.)
- Agave: Or other sweetener of choice.
- Warm water
Add nuts! You can also toss this dish with sliced almonds or walnuts before serving for extra crunch and texture.
Cooking Green Beans
Use your own favorite cooking method for this recipe. I prefer to steam my green beans as noted below to help retain nutrients.
But feel free to sauté, boil, or even roast your green beans to tender perfection. While your beans are cooking, you will whisk together the miso glaze in a small bowl.
Flavors: Add fresh ginger, garlic, black pepper, rice vinegar, or toasted sesame oil if desired.
Make it spicy: Sprinkle with red pepper flakes or a dash of sriracha to taste before serving.
Vegetables: Stir in other veggies like asparagus, zucchini, tomato, sweet corn, etc.
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Miso-Glazed Green Beans
- 1 lb. fresh green beans
- 2 tsp. sesame seeds (more as desired)
For the miso glaze:
- 1 1/3 Tbsp. white miso (1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp.)
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. tamari
- 2 tsp. agave (more/less to taste)
- 1 Tbsp. warm water to thin
- Trim ends off green beans and rinse.
- Place a large skillet (with lid), over medium-high heat, and add 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth. (*Or use your own favorite method of cooking green beans.)
- Once water/broth is hot, carefully add green beans and cover with lid. Steam for about 4-5 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender.
- While green beans are cooking, prepare the miso glaze: Add all glaze ingredients to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine until miso clumps are dissolved. (It may take a minute!) Add a touch more water if needed to help thin.
- When green beans are crisp-tender, drain, and immediately add them to the bowl with miso glaze. Add sesame seeds. Toss well to thoroughly combine. Drizzle any remaining glaze over the top before serving.
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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