Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
This is a Southern dish inspired by a sauce used in Indonesia. For extra color, garnish with a few slivers of sweet red pepper
- 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
- 1⁄2 cup smooth peanut butter or 1⁄2 cup chunky peanut butter (natural is best)
- 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 2 -3 slices peeled fresh ginger
- 1⁄2 cup hot water
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat.
- Add the green beans and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Drain and rinse briefly under cold running water.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and ginger.
- Process until smooth.
- With the machine on, add the hot water and mix until blended.
- Transfer the beans to a serving dish.
- Pour the sauce over the beans and serve.
- If you prefer the dish hotter, reheat in a microwave oven on High for 50 to 60 seconds, rotating the dish once.
- (If you do this, be sure the serving dish is microwave-safe glass or ceramic).
I subbed 3 cans of green beans since I didn't have fresh on hand but wanted to try this recipe any way - kept everything else the same (except I didn't boil the beans of course). I don't think that was a good idea! The sauce was a lot thicker than what's shown in Kathy228's picture, the flavor was only 'okay', but I bet it's a lot better with fresh green beans. Thank you.
I liked this a lot. The only substitution I made was I didn't have a lemon, so I used 2 tbsp orange juice. I don't think the recipe suffered for it, as I loved the orange flavor mingling with the PB. This sauce, used on chicken or rice, would really be good. Great recipe Becky.