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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Easy Asian-Style Green Beans

Last time I tried to make a nice, homemade dinner that involved some effort, I threw my sciatica into a tizzy. I could barely walk to the dinner table to eat! So, until baby boy arrives in a few short weeks, I’m trying to take it easy in the kitchen. Which is nice in one way, but at the same time I am really craving some good home cookin’ right now. I’ll have to put my mom to work when she comes to visit next month!

What this “taking it easy” business means is that, even though I have menus planned each week, there are plenty of nights where I’m plum worn out and things don’t go as planned. Last night was no exception. But we were all starving, so I grabbed the Costco orange chicken out of the freezer along with the Trader Joe’s dumplings and got “cooking.” Since rice, chicken and dumplings don’t have any vegetables, I grabbed a bag of green beans that we received from our CSA last week and decided to sauté those up.

Nate is a big fan of green beans, so I’m always hoping I cook them well since I know they are one of his favorites. Last night he kept saying how good they were, so I decided they were blog post-worthy! And they were really easy. Which, for me, was the best part!

Easy Asian-Style Green Beans
From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner
Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetables
  • - A bunch of fresh green beans
  • - Olive oil
  • - Salt and Pepper
  • - Soy Sauce
  • - White Sugar
  1. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet that has a lid. Add the green beans and sauté over medium heat until they brown on the sides a bit. Reduce heat to medium-low and put the lid on the pan. Let cook a few minutes until they are as tender as you want them to be, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove the lid, splash evenly with soy sauce, sprinkle with salt and pepper and about 1-3 teaspoons of sugar (just to cover the beans evenly). Stir and serve!



  1. Oooh! An easy AND fast veggie! I like it. We love green beans at our house and I’m always looking for different ways to cook them – especially crisping them up a little!

  2. We are practically tripping over green beans (and courgettes) around here so this will come in handy. Funnily enough I have a green bean-ish recipe up right now on my blog- Lemony courgette and green bean tagliatelle in herby creme fraiche. It’s super easy but perhaps not as easy as this! I also had sciatica with my pregnancy and nothing helped except a bit of acupuncture from a specialist practitioner. Perhaps you are too close to your due date, but if not I would highly recommend it. I was able to sit on a plane for 10 hours without too much discomfort. Best wishes with the birth. And thank goodness for Costco!

  3. Great simple side dish! I love soy sauce on everything, but especially vegetables and quinoa! I bet these would be great over a portion of quinoa and some extra soy sauce. Yum!

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    I’ve prepared broccoli with similar seasonings, so why hadn’t I ever thought to do this with green beans? thanks for the idea!!

  5. Sounds good. I will have to make it next time I need something for my Asian dishes.

  6. I never thought to add soy sauce to green beans. Those look awesome!

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    Stacey Thomas

    Jane! How do you prefer to cook the orange chicken from Costco?! I just bought some for the first time and I see that you can bake them or fry them in a skillet…baking looks a little easier? 🙂

  8. We do a similar dish, but no sugar and vinegar and we add lots of garlic and also pecans (or walnuts).

  9. I made these green beans tonight, they were so easy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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