Green Beans with Sesame are perfect as a side for a quick weeknight dinner or for parties. Takes only 15 minutes and less than 5 ingredients to make. Naturally vegan & can be made gluten-free!
Green beans are probably my least favorite vegetables (technically they are fruits). I have always associated them with hospital food or casserole which again I am not a fan of. But if you stir fry green beans in sesame oil and top it with toasted sesame seeds, it becomes a magical side-dish that I cannot get enough of. I have made Green Beans with Sesame several times now as a side dish and it even made an appearance at our Friendsgiving table. If you are like me judging and running away from green beans, maybe you should give a second change to Green Beans with Sesame.
Since the internet is filled with all things holiday parties, gift-guides and chocolate I thought I’d take a break and share a delicious, nutritious Greens Beans with Sesame which is a total weeknight deal + perfect party material! I promise more chocolate & decadent dessert will follow next week. I recently received a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s book dedicated to cookies, so most likely I will be buried in butter and sugar if you need me this weekend. Green beans are available all year long but their peak season is between May – September. Like most vegetables, green beans are high in fiber, vitamin A, B6, thiamin, and C and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It’s a pretty versatile vegetable that can be steamed, stir-fried, used in casserole and soups. I am using fresh green beans for Green Beans with Sesame recipe but you can find green beans in frozen and canned form as well.
On a completely different side note – my family + BFF are visiting for my graduation next week! Being the impatient self, I am literally counting every hour now and it’s definitely not helping. Totally irrelevant to Green Beans with Sesame but had to be mentioned as I am going through major graduationitis.
Green Beans with Sesame is made with less than 5 ingredients and I need you not skip 2 star ingredients – 100% sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds, both of which are usually found in Asian or International grocery store. I have seen them at other stores too but they are just 5x expensive. Naturally Green Beans with Sesame are vegan but can be made gluten-free (see notes). I’d love for you to give Green Beans with Sesame a try as it only takes 15 minutes to make and did I mention very delicious?
- 1 tablespoon neutral oil such as canola
- 2 teaspoon 100% sesame oil + 1 teaspoon for drizzling later
- 1 pound green beans, washed and ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 2-3 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds
- salt, pepper to taste
- In a large wok or skillet (I used cast iron skillet), heat both oils together.
- Add green beans to the skillet and stir fry for 8-10 minutes until you start seeing brown spots.
- Add soy sauce and remove from the pan. Let it sit for few minutes.
- Serve it hot.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and drizzle sesame oil right before serving
Are you a fan of green beans?
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