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Asian-style garlic green beans on a white plate

Asian Garlic Green Beans

These savory garlic green beans are simple to prepare and full of flavor! A great side dish for a variety of Asian-inspired meals.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:20 mins
CourseSide Dish
CuisineAsian-Inspired, Gluten-Free Option, Vegan
Servings4 side servings


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1-2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)

Toppings (optional):

  • 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.


Ginger option: Add a small amount of freshly grated ginger when you add the shallot + garlic if desired.
For gluten-free: Use tamari.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 79 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 288 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 783 IU | Vitamin C: 15 mg | Calcium: 50 mg | Iron: 1 mg