Fresh green beans are a great side dish to most any dinner. Add some sesame oil and sesame seeds, and you have an Asian-inspired vegetable side dish which will impress your friends and satisfy even the pickiest family members!
1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds (a handful)
- Steam green beans covered in 1/2-inch boiling water for 2 minutes.
- Transfer beans to a colander and run under cold water. Drain well. Set aside.
- Heat a wok-shaped skillet or large nonstick frying pan over high heat.
- Go once-around-the-pan with vegetable oil, add several drops sesame oil, and crushed pepper flakes. The pan will smoke.
- Add beans and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
- Add sesame seeds and coarse salt and toss to coat beans evenly
Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:
- I used a large skillet for this recipe, rather than a work and it worked out well.
- Be careful not to add too much sesame oil at once, else the pan will really smoke. Your neighbors might call the fire department and then you’ll have to explain to the firemen what happened, and there won’t be enough green beans to feed all of them! How embarrassing! So, go light with the sesame oil.
Yield: 4 servings