Spicy and Garlicky Green Beans with Walnuts

spicy and garlicky walnut stir-fried green beans recipe

Crunchy green beans taste wonderful in a rich, nutty coating of walnuts and lots of garlic and ginger. Serve with your favorite Asian noodle or rice dishes.

Serves: 6 or more

  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil (or see note)
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed  (or use frozen
    whole organic green beans if fresh are unavailable —
    unless fresh are in season, they can be even better)
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, or more, to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari, to taste
  • Dried hot red pepper flakes, sriracha, or other hot seasoning, to taste
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

spicy and garlicky walnut stir-fried green beansHeat the oil plus 2 tablespoons of water in an extra-large skillet or stir-fry pan. Stir in the green beans and stir-fry over medium-high heat until bright green.

Add the red bell pepper, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and walnuts. Continue to stir-fry until the green beans are tender-crisp and touched with dark brown spots. Remove from the heat and if desired, transfer to a serving container. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: To make this extra-spicy, use chili oil in place of sesame oil.

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