Sesame Green Beans

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Sesame Green Beans are wholesome, easy to make, and bursting with delicious flavors. Serve this Asian-inspired side dish alongside your favorite protein and rice for a quick and easy weeknight meal that guarantees to please.

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I am constantly on the hunt for healthy dishes that are quick to whip up, yet still incredibly delicious. When you find one of those recipes that checks all the boxes (easy, healthy, and yummy) you know it’s a winner. That’s how I feel about Sesame Green Beans.

Not only is this dish loaded with fantastic flavors, but it comes together in just 15 minutes. This flavorful savory dish has quickly become a fan favorite in my house. Even the girls can’t seem to get enough, which is definitely saying something!

Serve these green beans alongside a bowl of brown rice or Cauliflower Fried Rice and grilled or roasted meat for an easy and delicious meal. You could also serve them on their own as a healthy snack or appetizer. The choice is yours!

Green beans with sesame seeds being sprinkled on top.

Key Ingredients

To make this green bean recipe, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Green beans. Green beans are a terrific source of both vitamin K and calcium, making them great for maintaining strong, healthy bones. Feel free to swap them out for another green veggie like broccoli, asparagus, or brussels sprouts.
  • Sesame oil. A classic in Asian cuisine, the rich and nutty flavors of this oil give this dish its signature flavor.
  • Soy sauce. I like to use low-sodium soy sauce to avoid making this dish too salty. The umami flavors perfectly compliment the sesame oil for a delicious Asian-inspired side dish.
  • Garnish. To finish this dish off, I recommend garnishing with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Not only does it compliment the nutty flavors of the sesame oil, but it adds a nice crunch as well.

How to Serve Sesame Green Beans

Sesame Green Beans are an easy and delicious side dish that will complement many of your favorite entrées. To get you started, here are some of my favorite dishes to serve with green beans:

  • Fried rice. I love pairing veggies with a bowl of rice, but Sesame Green Beans call for a little something special. Try serving this dish alongside some Cabbage Fried Rice or Pork Fried Rice.
  • Protein. To make a well-balanced and low-carb meal, serve these green beans with your favorite Asian-inspired protein recipes. Personally, I recommend this Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken or some Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork.
  • Dipping sauce. Serve these green beans on their own for a quick and easy snack or appetizer. If you want to pair them with a dipping sauce, try mixing sriracha and mayonnaise for an easy spicy mayo.
  • Bowls. Sesame Green Beans are a delicious way to add some flavor and crunch to these Asian Rice Bowls (Build Your Own).

How to Store Leftover Green Beans

Find yourself with leftover green beans? Well, luckily for you, storing this dish is a breeze. Simply seal up the leftovers in an airtight storage bag or container. Then, you can store them in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 3 months.

Asian green beans with sesame oil, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic on a plate.

Health Benefits of Green Beans

Green beans are a household favorite for many, but have you ever wondered what they actually do for your body? These tasty veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals that come with a wide range of benefits.

Some of the most impressive health benefits of green beans include:

  • Weight management. Green beans are low in calories, have virtually no fat, and have very little sugar, making them an incredibly nutrient-dense food that is great for managing your weight.
  • Heart health. Green beans contain no cholesterol and are rich in fiber, which makes them terrific for supporting heart health and potentially lowering blood sugar.
  • Bone health. Green beans contain high amounts of vitamin K, which is known to improve bone health and protect against bone fractures.
  • Plant based iron. You heard right! Green beans are a terrific source of iron.
  • Antioxidant rich. It might not surprise you to hear that green beans are chock-full of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll, in turn, can potentially block the carcinogenic effects of other foods. Plus green beans are packed with antioxidants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this healthy green bean recipe:

If your green beans are coming out tough, then you might have undercooked them. Make sure to follow the recipe as instructed and add a splash of water to your pan to ensure that your green beans cook to absolute perfection.

You should cook your green beans until they are bright green, tender, and just a little crispy. Typically, this takes about 7-10 minutes, but feel free to taste as you go and cook the beans to your liking.

Sesame Green Beans are a healthy and delicious side dish that pair well with just about anything. Some of my top picks include grilled Asian chicken, baked honey lime fish, lean teriyaki steak, brown rice, and quinoa.

Toasted sesame oil is essential for giving this green bean dish that deep nutty flavor we love so much. You can typically find it in the international section of most grocery stores. The packaging may not specify that the oil is toasted, but you should be able to tell by its deep brown color.

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Sesame Green Beans

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  • 1.5 lbs green beans
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil (or avocado oil or coconut oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp water (more if needed)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper

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Heat the vegetable oil and sesame oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds until fragrant.

Garlic cooking in a heavy skillet.

Add the green beans to the pan and quickly stir to coat. Add the soy sauce and water. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the beans are tender-crisp, stirring often so they don't burn. If needed, add an extra tablespoon of water.

Green beans, soy sauce, and garlic in a cast iron skillet.

Top with sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Sesame seeds being added to Asian green beans.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 8mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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