Quick, delicious Chinese Garlic Green Beans are a family favorite – just like takeout green beans but so much better! Bursting with garlic and onion flavor that is so rich and delicious you’ll want to lick the pan!
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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Tips to Perfect Chinese Garlic Green Beans:
This garlic sesame green beans recipe is easy and simple – but there are a couple tips and tricks to be sure you get perfect Chinese Restaurant Green Beans every time!
-Go By Your Tastes.
This recipe is a very adaptable dish – if there is something you’d like more or less of, try it out!
Want more ginger? Add some!
A bit of spice?
Stir in some chilies!
To get the best results, taste as you go, and don’t be afraid to try new flavors. Just be sure to add any ingredients slowly – a little at a time – since you can always add more, but can’t take additions out after you add them.
-Cook Green Beans to Your Preferred Doneness.
People prefer green beans at different levels of doneness – I prefer mine slightly crunchy, but I have friends who like them limp and soft.
For the best green beans, cook them to your preferred doneness – not the times I list below. Since there is no meat in this dish, you can cook this in more or less time without worrying about the internal temperature of the green beans, so cook it to the texture you prefer!
-Make it Vegan/Oil Free.
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!
-Don’t Crowd The Pan.
I am a big believer in letting vegetables caramelize and soften to boost their flavor without adding calories – let your onions and green beans cook in a pan that is big enough that they aren’t crowded on top of each other.
Allowing your vegetables to have more space in a pan helps keep the pan hot, so vegetables brown instead of boiling.
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Garlic Chinese Style Green Beans Recipe
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Quick, delicious Chinese Garlic Green Beans are a family favorite - just like takeout green beans but so much better! Bursting with garlic and onion flavor that is so rich and delicious you'll want to lick the pan!
- 1 tablespoon oil, peanut or sesame
- 2 shallots, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1/4 cup rice wine
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 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!
Amount Per Serving Calories 115Sodium 393mgCarbohydrates 20.5gFiber 7gSugar 5.7gProtein 3.1g