These restaurant style easy green beans are the favorite vegetable at our house. We make them over and over again!
This is my go to green bean recipe. I make it all the time and I can’t believe I’ve never shared it here on the blog. In January I spent 10 days visiting my new grand baby and I did a bit of cooking too. When I asked my daughter in law what she wanted me to fix her first response was “your green beans.” I ended up making them three times while I was there and left them the ingredients so they could make them after I left.
Easy Green Beans
Not only are they delicious but they are EASY! Probably one of the easiest recipe ever. Growing up the only vegetable I would eat and I mean the ONLY vegetable was green beans. Back then though, they always came out of a can. Fresh green beans are a little bit more work than opening a can but so worth it!
I buy my green beans ready to use at Trader Joe’s. You don’t even have to snap off the ends. I like to par boil them so they cook faster. Just pop them into a pot of boiling water for about 3-4 minutes until they are about half way cooked to your desired tenderness. And then drain them. I often do this hours ahead of when I am serving them to make the cook time go faster. But you can do it up to a day ahead. If you aren’t going to be serving them right away, run cold water over them to stop the cooking process and then just refrigerate until ready to finish up cooking and serve.
About 10 minutes before I’m ready to serve them I head up some sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok and add the beans. Add in some minced garlic and stir fry for about 5 minutes or until the beans begin to brown slightly and are to your desired texture. I don’t like my beans too soft and mushy. Then add in a tablespoon or two of soy sauce and stir to coat, about 2 minutes.
That’s it! Right before serving I sprinkle with some toasted sesame seeds to make them look a little prettier. These easy green beans are the perfect side dish for just about anything and every holiday!
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Some of my favorite tools
Wok Pan – This is the perfect pan for all kinds of stir fry. It’s a nice size and it is non stick.
Sesame Oil – You will be amazing how many ways you will find to use sesame oil. It really adds a great flavor to food.
Toasted Sesame Seeds – I love the flavor and color of toasted sesame seeds. It instantly dresses up a dish
Easy Green Bean Recipe
Restaurant Style Easy Green Beans
- 1 lb. fresh green beans trimmed
- 1-2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- Bring a large pan of water to a boil. Add in beans and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until beans are about half way cooked.
- Drain beans. Head oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add in beans and garlic. Stir until beans begin to brown and are cooked through. Add in soy sauce and stir for a few more minutes to coat.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds before serving.