Since the season for really good fresh green beans is quite short, you can make this any other time of year using frozen organic whole green beans. Either way, this tasty and simple side dish is addictive! it's great with tofu, seitan, or noodle dishes. Try this with Stewed Tofu with Corn and Tomatoes. Photos by Evan Atlas.
Sesame Stir-Fried Green Beans
- 1 tablespoon neutral vegetable oil such as safflower
- 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium natural soy sauce or tamari
- 1 teaspoon natural granulated sugar
- 1 pound fresh green beans trimmed, or one 16-ounce bag whole green beans, thawed
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Dried hot red pepper flakes to taste
- Heat the oils, soy sauce, and sugar slowly in a wide skillet. Add the green beans and stir to coat with the oil mixture. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Uncover and raise the heat to medium-high, then stir-fry until the green beans are done to your liking and slightly seared in spots. If needed, add small amounts of water, just enough to keep the skillet slightly moist, but not so much as to prevent the beans from browning. Cooking time will vary according to the tenderness and thickness of the green beans.
- Add the sesame seeds and toss the green beans with the sesame seeds. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Here are lots more tasty recipes for green beans.