I first tried Asian style green beans in a little local restaurant, and just knew that I needed to try and recreate them at home. I tried out a few different combinations of spices and oils to create this amazing, spicy Asian green beans recipe.
I swear these are the tastiest green beans I’ve ever had. Plus the easiest! Sweet yet spicy, fragrant and warming. This Asian green bean recipe is even better than the restaurant version, if I do say so myself.
These spicy Asian green beans are so quick to prepare and make a wonderful side dish. They are also delicious eaten cold as a salad.
Are Spicy Asian Green Beans Healthy?
Absolutely! These green beans not only taste wonderful, they are good for you too. These Asian style green beans are cooked super quickly in a hot wok, so the beans retain all their natural goodness and taste amazing too.
My recipe uses honey to sweeten them and to balance out the white wine vinegar, making them deliciously sweet and sour all at the same time!
Healthy and delicious Asian fried green beans in no time? Yes, please.
Is This Asian Green Bean Recipe Really Spicy?
The recipe suggests using 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. I find this gives the beans a nice gentle kick of heat, but if you’re not a huge fan of heat, then feel free to use a little less. On the other hand, if you love your spicy food hot like I do, feel free to experiment with using a little more!
For friends who just can’t handle spicy food, I’ve also made this Asian green beans recipe with just the garlic and ginger but no red pepper flakes at all. The dish still tastes amazing!
How To Make Asian Style Green Beans
If you want to know how to cook Asian green beans, it’s really no effort at all. 15 minutes is all it takes!
Simply preheat a non-stick or well-seasoned wok over a high heat. Add the sesame oil and heat for 20-30 seconds. Next, add the red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger and heat for another 20-30 seconds, to allow the spices to release their flavors.
Add your green beans and toss them in the oil and spices until the beans start to go tender. This should take no more than five minutes. You may find that the ends of the beans turn a little crispy. This just adds to the texture and flavor of this wonderful Asian green bean recipe!
Next, add the coconut aminos, white wine vinegar and honey. Stir to combine all the ingredients and simmer for 3-5 more minutes, until the beans are just tender and the sauce has thickened to a shiny glaze.
TIP: Don’t overcook the green beans! The best Asian style green beans are crisp-tender, but not mushy.
What To Serve With Spicy Asian Green Beans
This Asian green beans recipe is so versatile. Served cold, it pairs perfectly with salads like:
I also love to serve it as a side dish. Here are some main dishes to serve with these green beans:
- Paleo Coconut Chicken Tenders
- Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken
- Chuck Eye Steaks – This prep method makes them taste like ribeyes!
Get more paleo dinner ideas here.
Easy Spicy Asian Green Beans Recipe
This spicy Asian green beans recipe is so quick and easy to make. These Asian style green beans are crispy, tangy, spicy and ready in just 15 minutes.
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- 2 tablespoons Sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
- 4 cloves Garlic (thinly sliced)
- 1 1-inch piece Fresh ginger (minced)
- 12 ounces French green beans
- 2 tablespoons Coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon White wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Honey
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Preheat a wok or large stainless steel skillet over high heat.
Add the sesame oil and allow to heat for 30 seconds.
Add the red pepper flakes, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the green beans and toss to combine with the garlic and ginger. Stir-fry, tossing and stirring until the beans begin to crisp on the ends and are becoming tender, about 5 minutes.
Pour in the coconut aminos, white wine vinegar, and honey. Stir to combine.
Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes until the beans are still crisp but tender and the sauce is thick and reduced.
Serving size: 6 ounces (about 1 heaping cup)
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Nutrition Information Per Serving
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