Szechuan Green Beans (spicy and flavorful)

Szechuan Green Beans are crisp, spicy and full of tangy flavor. Green beans are pan-fried crisp with garlic and a simple sauce. 

Why order out when you can make these deliciously crunchy, spicy Szechuan Green Beans in about 15 minutes at home!

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Spicy Szechuan Green Beans

We love these Szechuan Green Beans because they’re the perfect complement to a fun take-out-inspired meal!

Eat them hot or cold, over a plate of rice or in a stir fry cooked with tofu, chicken, or ground pork or beef.

Ingredients and Variations

GREEN BEANS Fresh from the garden or the local market is my first choice. Frozen will work in this recipe too.

SEASONINGS Here, we briefly sauté the green beans in oil, garlic, and ginger. Toss in a little soy sauce, garlic chili paste, and a splash of sesame oil before serving.

VARIATIONS Too spicy? Simply decrease the amount of Sambal. Sweeten it up if you’d like, add two teaspoons of brown sugar!

Ingredient Info: Sambal Oelek

Sambal is a bright and spicy red chili paste that can be found in the Asian foods section of the supermarket.

It gives a distinctively hot, garlicky flavor to recipes and a little bit goes a long way! Look for it in small, clear containers that have a bright green screw-on lid. Sambal will last about 6 months in the fridge.

Don’t be shy to experiment with it! Sambal is great on eggs or in fried rice. It can be baked into cornbread and even stirred into a soup!

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How to Make Szechuan Green Beans

Szechuan Green Beans are super easy to make right in your own kitchen! Cook the beans at a high temperature to give them nice color without overcooking them.

  1. Clean and trim green beans. Pat them dry with a paper towel or a clean dishcloth.
  2. Sauté green beans in oil according to recipe instructions below.
  3. Add garlic and ginger for about 30 seconds, then add remaining ingredients. The beans should be tender-crisp and the sauce a little thickened.

PRO TIP: For a thicker sauce, remove the green beans and let the sauce cook down until desired thickness is achieved. This is called a sauce “reduction.”

Szechuan Green Beans cooking in the pan

Aside from serving Szechuan green beans as an appetizer, we like to pair them with Teriyaki Chicken Thighs, next to a Pork Stir Fry, or a Shrimp Stir Fry. The possibilities are endless!

Better Than Take-Out!

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Szechuan Green Beans

These spicy Szechuan Green Beans are the perfect addition to any Chinese-inspired entree!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 108
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chili paste or Sambal Oelek or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions

  • Rinse and trim green beans. Pat dry.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans and stir-fry 3-4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger, cook 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Stir in remaining ingredients and cook 3 minutes or until beans are tender-crisp and sauce is slightly thickened

Nutrition

Calories: 108 | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 782IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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