Wok-Seared Sesame Green Beans
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- Ready In:
- 1 1⁄2 lbs green beans, trimmed or 1 1/2 lbs chinese long beans, trimmed and cut into smaller lengths
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons golden brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
- Cook green beans in large pot of boiling water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain.
- Transfer green beans to large bowl of ice water to cool. Drain again.
- Pat green beans dry. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Wrap green beans in paper towels and enclose in resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate.).
- Toast sesame seeds: Heat the seeds in a dry pan over medium heat, or on a sheet in a 275ºF oven, until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Heat oil in heavy large wok or nonstick skillet over high heat.
- Add green beans and stir-fry until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Add soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and pepper. Stir-fry until sauce reduces slightly and loosely coats green beans, about 2 minutes longer.
- Add toasted sesame seeds and toss to coat.
- Transfer green bean mixture to bowl and serve.
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I think I have a new favorite way of making and eating green beans! I'm a huge fan of sesame oil & seeds, so I knew I'd probably enjoy this recipe. The brown sugar is a bonus, adding such wonderful flavor. The recipe is very easy to prepare and didn't take me the whole 27 minutes. Great green bean recipe! :)
Wow, what a great way to prepare green beans. The beans were sweet and firm, and the sauce was too die for. The toasted sesames add a really nice flavor and textural element to the dish. So good, I can't wait to have these again. I'll be eating the whole dish by myself, its that good. Thanks so much for sharing a new favorite dish. Made for Culinary Quest 2014 - Suitcase Gourmets.