Chinese Garlic Green Beans Recipe (Sauteed, Not Fried)
Chinese Green Beans recipe sauteed in garlic sauce made light, healthy, and easy! Perfectly charred, and blistered garlicky green beans that are not greasy yet packed with an amazing flavor punch. I’ll show you how to achieve that smoky delicious flavor and perfectly crisp green beans without deep-frying so you can enjoy it daily!
Chinese Style Garlic Green Beans Recipe (not fried)
The reason this recipe gets away with so few ingredients is because of this – perfectly charred and blistered green beans! When it’s done right, and I’m going to show you how, these beans are the perfect side dish that go well with so many things!
But no matter what you do…don’t skip the charring of the beans! And you don’t need to take the extra step of frying them. Less oil, less mess, and a whole lot of flavor punch. Let’s do this!
Ingredients for Sauteed Chinese Garlic Green Beans
This Chinese style garlic green beans recipe is not only paleo, whole30, low carb but also vegan and vegetarian friendly! You’ll need –
- Green beans
- Avocado oil
- Toasted sesame oil
- Garlic cloves
- Coarse sea salt
- Coconut aminos
- White sesame seeds
How to make blistered green beans without deep frying
We borrow a Chinese cooking technique, called dry fry. Compared to flash fry or deep fry, dry frying uses much less oil. My Sichuan dry-fried green beans with pork mince uses this technique. For today’s green bean garlic recipe I use no oil at the charring and blistering stage.
- Use a stainless steel or cast iron pan and preheat it well until it feels quite hot when placing your palm near the surface about 2-3 inches away.
- Pat dry the green beans and spread them into a single layer and cook with no oil until the skin is wrinkled and with some charred spots.
- Add the avocado oil and seasonings. The beans will crisp up even further and with a hint of smoky flavor!
How to make Sauteed green beans
- Trim the green beans. Wash and pat dry.
- Preheat a large skillet without oil until it feels hot.
- Cook the green beans without the oil and toss every 3 minutes until the skin is wrinkled with some charred spots.
- Add the cooking oil, minced garlic, and seasonings.
- Toss and serve.
Tips to make the best Stir-Fried Green Beans
- Pat dry the green beans: You can use regular green beans or Petite green beans.
- Use avocado oil: avocado oil has a neutral flavor and high smoke point. It makes it perfect to cook the green beans.
- Get the pan hot: You can use cast iron or stainless steel skillet. Preheat your skillet well until it feels quite warm to the touch when you place your palm near the surface about 2-3 inches away.
- Mince the garlic (don’t grate it or use store bought). Mice the whole garlic cloves. If you grate or use a minced store bought version, they will easily get burnt under high heat cooking.
What goes well with garlicky Chinese green beans?
This dish goes well with so many things! You can keep the whole meal vegetarian friendly or go all out with an at-home takeout experience! Here are some of my favorites –
- Daikon and chicken stew
- Thai larb
- Air fried whole chicken
- Mongolian Chicken
- Cantonese beef chow mein
- Beef and broccoli
- Chicken and broccoli
- Steamed cod fish in ginger scallion sauce
- See my Chinese and Taiwanese Recipes Collection
If you love Chinese green beans and Asian vegetables, also check out my Mung Bean Sprouts Salad Recipe, Sauteed Lacinato Kale, Chinese Mustard Greens in Ginger Sauce, Chinese Broccoli Garlic Sauce, Chinese Broccoli Oyster Sauce, Sauteed Snow Pea Leaves, Japanese Spinach Salad, Sauteed mushrooms recipe, and Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles! Browse more of my Paleo Side Dishes recipes.
Chinese Garlic Green Beans Recipe (Perfectly Crisp, Not Deep-Fried)
- 1 lb green beans
- ½ tbsp white sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- ½ tsp coarse sea salt, plus more to taste
- 0.6 oz garlic cloves, minced about 3 large cloves
- ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- Trim the green beans. Rinse and pat dry with a clean towel.
- In a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet, toast the sesame seeds with no oil over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Toss the skillet often so as not to burn the seeds. See them aside.
- Use the same skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. The pan should feel pretty warm when you place your palm near the surface, about 2-3 inches away. Spread the beans in a single layer without oil. Do not disturb for 3 minutes then toss every 3 minutes or so to char and blister the beans. You should see the skin turn wrinkly and with some charred spots, about 6 minutes total.
- Add the avocado oil, stir-fry for 2 minutes with salt.
- Add the garlic and sesame oil. Sauteing and tossing for 1 minute.
- Add the coconut aminos. Keep tossing for 1 more minute.
- Turn off the heat. Transfer the beans to a serving plate. Taste and season with more salt, if needed. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over. Serve at room temperature.
so these are the best green beans i’ve made in my entire life
I love green beans made this way. making tonight. Thanks, for sharing.
So easy and delicious! The sesame oil and garlic make this a rich dish without all the added oil. Will definitely be a new go to side in our house!
A new go-to for green beans! The charring adds such a great depth of flavor. I am also on a low-FODMAP diet so I did not add garlic but used garlic-infused olive oil and the green beans were still delicious!
Y’all, these beans are AMAZING. The dry pan blistering method is GENIUS. Try these. You will absolutely not be disappointed! I ate them with a little rice and pretty much ignored the main course.
Love how simple this is! Sometimes I don’t know what side dish to serve with a Chinese main dish so this is perfect!
I love the garlicky sauce on the green-beans! So good 🙂
These are gorgeous! I can almost taste the garlic on those green beans! Can’t wait to make this!
I could eat the entire pan! So garlicky and delicious! The blistering adds so much flavor!
My favourite way to cook and eat green beans… so delicious!!!
The garlickier the better! These are fantastic.
Your cooking is very Pure, made with clean heart. May be that’s why they are so delicious. I didn’t know this was also a way to make green beans. I am lover of green beans. Though my mom would make them very traditionally Indian way with tomatoes and onion and sauté them. Till to date I rank green beans as one of my favourite go to dish. Thank you for opening a new vista of tempering with foods and oils. Will try them and share.
Stay happy stay safe stay healthy. Hope your folks are all healthy and safe too.
Thank you so much!
Our new go to veggie! Easy to make, easy to change up the flavors and eat like french fries!
Thank you, I enjoy your recipes.