Quick, delicious Chinese Garlic Green Beans are a family favorite – just like takeout green beans but so much better!
When I get takeout, I will admit vegetables are never the first thing I think to order.
It’s not that I don’t LOVE vegetables from Chinese food restaurants – I seriously do – it’s just I tend to focus on the main dish and sort of end up ordering some random veggie on the side to make me feel less fat while I fuss over piles and piles of decadently greasy comfort food.
Except for Chinese style green beans.
When I know a restaurant has particularly good green beans, I could make an entire meal out of just those!!!
And Chinese Garlic Green Beans are one of the easiest things to make at home – and just about the only green bean preparation my kids will eat without much fussing.
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This recipe can also easily be turned vegan and lent-friendly (without oil).
For the oyster sauce, opt for a vegetarian/vegan brand (there are many – it is made from mushrooms instead of oysters) to make this dish vegan.
If you’re avoiding oil for lent, you can simply skip the oil and toss the garlic and shallots directly with the green beans. Reduce your heat to medium instead of medium high so your green beans, shallots, or garlic don’t stick to the pan!
Garlic Chinese Style Green Beans
- 1 tablespoon oil, peanut or sesame
- 2 shallots, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- ¼ cup rice wine
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ tsp ginger
- In a large, heavy pan, heat oil until shimmery.
- Add shallots and garlic, sitr frequently to prevent burning.
- When shallows and garlic have browned slightly, add green beans and toss.
- Cook about 8 minutes, until green beans start to soften.
- Deglaze pan with rice wine, stir well.
- Add sauces and ginger, mix.
- Taste to see if the dish needs any salt (do check- or it might get too salty).
- When green beans are as soft as you'd like them, remove and plate!