Addictive Green Beans

This was the hardest food photo shoot I have ever had because I could not stop eating these addictive green beans.

This dish has great umami flavor from the soy sauce and a spicy kick from the chili flakes. I blanched the beans first and then sautéed them. Using this method ensures perfectly cooked green beans that are not overly done and still a bit crunchy.

Addictive Green Beans

This spicy side dish is simple and fast. The longest part is trimming the green beans. Try trimming ahead of time so you can cut down on kitchen time while cooking.

Addictive Green Beans

Addictive Green Beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Addictive Green Beans

You won't be able to stop eating these addictive green beans. Loaded with fresh and spicy flavor, this simple side dish is ready in minutes and pairs well with chicken, beef, or pork.


  • 1 pound green beans (ends trimmed)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Fill a medium size saucepan about 3/4 full of water and bring to a boil. Add green beans and cook for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice water.
  2. Remove the green beans from the pot and immediately place in ice water. Set aside.
  3. In a saute pan, heat sesame oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add green beans and coat in the oil and garlic. Cook for another minute. Add the soy sauce, pepper, chili flakes, and sesame seeds. Stir to combine and cook until the soy sauce has been absorbed and the green beans are warmed through, about 3 minutes.


Omit chili flakes if you do not like spicy foods or for young children. This dish definitely has a spicy kick!