Spicy Green Beans

green beans covered in chile paste, garlic and soy sauce piled into a white bowl

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

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Whenever I make this easy green bean dish, I think, “why don’t I have this every day?” It’s so simple and fast to cook and it gets all my favorite flavors in one place, salty, garlicky and spicy. Throw a fried egg on top, serve with rice, and you have a delicious meal. A great side dish to go along with Classic Sesame Noodles or Filipino Chicken Adobo.


green beans covered in chile paste, garlic and soy sauce piled into a white bowl
Spicy Green Beans
Print Recipe
A simple recipe for spicy green beans stir fried until just cooked and coated in a spicy, salty and garlicky sauce. Serve it with rice and an egg and you've got a full meal.
Servings
2
Servings
2
green beans covered in chile paste, garlic and soy sauce piled into a white bowl
Spicy Green Beans
Print Recipe
A simple recipe for spicy green beans stir fried until just cooked and coated in a spicy, salty and garlicky sauce. Serve it with rice and an egg and you've got a full meal.
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lb green beans ends trimmed, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek or other chile paste
Additions
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Add the vegetable oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Once it’s hot, add the green beans. Let them cook undisturbed for about 1 minute.
  2. Mix the garlic, soy sauce, and sambal oelek in a bowl (and the ginger and lemon juice, if using).
  3. The beans should have turned bright green. Add about ¼ cup of water to the pan. Cook another 2 minutes, until the water is mostly gone. Pour the sauce into the pan and toss gently to coat. Cook another 2 minutes, until everything is fragrant and most of the liquid is gone. Poke the beans with a fork: if it goes through easily, they’re done. They should take about 5 minutes.
  4. Taste and add more chili sauce or soy sauce if you want the beans hotter or saltier.

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