If you’re like me, always searching for a new and exciting way to eat your veggies, then you’re going to love these Sweet and Spicy Green Beans.
They take just a few minutes to make, and are an excellent side dish you’re going to enjoy over and over again.
Yesterday I took all 4 of my kids on a bike ride along the river on a smooth, paved path.
The sun was shining, there was a cool breeze, and it was just an overall beautiful day. It was days like yesterday that make me so glad I moved away from the frozen tundra of Canada last month.
I might rethink that come summer-time though…
About 200 feet into our bike ride my 5 year old daughter starts crying because she doesn’t want to go any further. Basically the path started at a park and she wanted more than anything to go back to said park.
My 3 year old, on the other hand, smiled and giggled and she peddled her adorable chubby legs down the path. The differences between these two girls baffles me sometimes.
I was able to coherse and bribe my 5 year old to keep going for about a mile before we all turned back.
She cried the whole way.
Then, magically, when we got back to the beginning of the trail her tears dried up and she was feeling just fine. Such a little stinker.
When we got home we were all a little exhausted (some more mentally, than physically) so I whipped up these delicious beans along with a delicious Asian Inspired Meatloaf .
Sweet and Spicy Green Beans
The beans come together in mere minutes. Just blanch the green beans before tossing them in a hot skillet with a little sesame oil, onion, garlic and ginger. Stir in a little sugar, hoisen sauce, soy sauce and just a touch of Sriracha sauce and heat it through. You’ll be all set for a Chinese take-out knock off side dish in no time!
If you’re worried about it being too spicy just reduce or omit the Sriracha sauce!
But in all honesty, it’s not that spicy with it in there. It gives it just the right amount of kick to keep you going back for more.
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Sweet and Spicy Green Beans
- 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 tbsp peanut oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger, or 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 large onion, sliced
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp hoisen sauce
- 1 to 2 tsp Sriracha sauce
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the green beans in the hot water and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, till they turn a bright green and are still crisp-tender. Drain and run cold water over them, drain again.
- Meanwhile heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sesame (or peanut) oil to the wok and add in the garlic and ginger, stirring for 20 seconds until fragrant. Add the onion and cook until they turn soft and nearly translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the green beans and the remaining ingredients to the wok. Stir to combine and the sauce coats the green beans and starts to slightly caramelize the green beans, about 3 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!
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The minute I saw this recipe, I knew I HAD to make it. I modified it by using a shallot in place of the onion and added a pound of lean ground turkey breast and then doubled the sauce. SO delicious. Everyone agreed that it was a keeper! Thanks Shawn!
Awesome! I’m so glad you liked it, and the addition of the ground turkey breast sounds like a great way to turn this side dish into a main course – LOVE IT! 🙂
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
Oh you lovely, lovely girl. I can’t think of another green bean recipe that I’d love as much as this one! I’m definitely pinning this Shawn, because it looks amazing!
Thank you Kristi!! 🙂
Thalia @ butter and brioche
What a delicious way to cook up green beans! These will definitely make such a perfect accompaniment with dinner tonight..
Thank you Thailia! I hope you enjoy them!