Simple Sesame Green Beans Recipe

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I realize that 5 stars is an awfully high rating for such a simple dish. But honestly, I end up eating a pound of green beans every time I make them this way. They end up so tender, and I love the simple flavor created by the sesame seeds and by steaming them in the broth. Depending on what I'm serving them with, I decide whether or not to include the red pepper sauce. You can always serve it on the side if you're not sure how spicy you want them. Enjoy!

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Servings: 4


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp fish sauce or 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper or 1 tsp Sriracha or other red pepper sauce (if you want a kick)


  1. In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium heat. Add sesame seeds, and when they start to darken after 30-60 seconds, stir in the green beans. Cook, stirring, until the beans turn bright green.
  2. Pour in chicken broth, fish sauce or salt, black pepper and/or red pepper to taste. Cover and cook until beans are tender but crisp, about 10 minutes. Uncover and cook until liquid evaporates.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 135g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 190  
Calories from Fat 47 25%
Total Fat 5.48g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.74g 3%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Potassium 443mg 13%
Total Carbs 27.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 11.0g 37%
Sugars 0.07g 0%
Protein 8.63g 14%
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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    I really enjoy the simple, asian green bean recipe. This goes with almost anything, and the method works well with broccoli or asparagus too.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


    • anna maria greenall
      March 15, 2012
      Mmmmmm delicious, what a good idea, i am always at a loss on how to vary cooking green beans...this is excellent

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