Paleo Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans
I absolutely LOVE this super flavorful, quick, and easy Paleo Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans topped with crispy minced meat in soy-free spicy garlic sauce. It tastes better and healthier than your favorite takeout. So don’t miss this simple and everyday one-skillet recipe !
Chinese Dry-Fried Technique – Simple, Easy, and Healthy
What is dry-fried? Dry-fried in Mandarin 乾炒 (Gān chǎo) means to stir-fry without added liquid and oil. This is a method to reduce the liquid content often found in vegetables in order to create a light and crisp texture without deep-frying.
You know what I’m talking about – the crisp and slightly-blistered texture when you bite into that delicious plate of stir-fried green beans at your favorite Chinese restaurants.
In the restaurant, the beans are quickly deep-fried to remove water content and thus create a slightly crunchy and blistered texture, but that also makes them more greasy and not ideal for an everyday homemade meal.
Here’s how we use a less oily way to recreate that crispy blistered texture:
A well heated skillet (preferably stainless steel) is crucial in recreating the slightly blistered texture. Pre-heat your skillet WITHOUT the oil over medium heat until it’s almost to a smoke point.
Pat-dry the green beans and dice to 2-inch lengths before adding them to the skillet. Keep scooping and stir-frying the green beans during dry-fry process and make sure each bean has a chance to be in contact with the well heated skillet /hot surface until you see the texture of the green beans get slightly crisp up and blistered.
Pay attention to the stovetop heat – if the beans seem to get blistered too quickly, lower the heat a bit and vice versa. This is the key to achieving that delicious Paleo Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans texture without frying. ❤️[clickToTweet tweet=”Learn how to make #Paleo Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Bean #recipe. #Whole30 #Keto friendly !” quote=”Learn how to make easy Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans with IHeartUmami !” theme=”style3″]
Blistered Green Beans & Crispy Minced Pork – Paleo Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans
Green beans are the main star of this dish. In some instances, this dish could go completely without the pork mince and make it vegetarian friendly. If, however, you’d like to add more flavor and protein to your meal and serve this dish as a main, use pork mince sparingly.
Pork mince depends on the flavor and to keep this dish light and crisp, keep sautéing the pork mince until it breaks down to finer pieces and is no longer watery. Pay attention to the meat and green bean ratio. Too much meat will result in more liquid in the sauté pan and thus the texture will change and the dish will be less tasty.
And if you want to add more variety using similar ingredients, be sure to check out my Spicy Pepper Pork Lettuce Wraps!
So I hope you’ll give this one skillet meal Paleo Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans a try and if you love my recipes be sure to give a 5-star rating and leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
Paleo Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans
- ⅓ to ¼ lbs ground pork, alt. chicken or turkey
- 1 lb. string beans, trimmed, pat-dry, and diced to roughly 2-inch length
- 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped (use 1 ½ tbsp for stronger flavor if preferred)
- 2-3 bulbs scallions, finely chopped & separate white and green parts
- 4-5 dry red peppers, optional
- Avocado oil 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Stir-fry Sauce: (use 1 tbsp a time for stir-fry. Follow instructions below)
- 1 ½ tbsp coconut aminos
- 2 tsp red boat fish sauce
- ½ to 1 tsp Harissa paste, sub for tomato paste for a non-spicy version
- Preheat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-low heat WITHOUT oil until the skillet is well heated and almost to a smoke point. Add diced green beans. Stir-fry (this is called dry-fry in Chinese cooking) over medium heat for 4-5 mins until the beans are slightly blistered but not burnt.*
- Add 2 tbsp avocado oil to the skillet and keep stir frying the green beans with oil for 2-3 additional minutes. Set green beans aide.
- While the skillet is still hot, add 1 tbsp avocado oil with garlic, ginger, white parts of scallions, and dry red peppers. Season with a small pinch of salt and sauté until fragrant (about 8-10 seconds). Add ground pork. Season with another small pinch to salt. Sauté until the pork is completely cooked through, break up to finer pieces, and no longer watery.
- Add 1 tbsp of stir-fry sauce to the ground pork. Stir-fry for 5-10 seconds then add green beans back to the skillet. Toss to coat everything well. Taste and see if ½ to 1 more tbsp of stir-fry sauce is needed.
- Turn off the heat and stir-in green parts of scallions. Serve hot immediately with cauliflower rice, zoodles, or mixed greens.
Just made this and it is amazing!!!!! I substituted bacon for the ground pork and Gochujang for the harissa. So glad I got string beans in my CSA! I will be making this again soon.
So happy to hear!
This is one of our favorite ways to cook green beans! The unique cooking style delivers a crispy texture that is absolutely perfect! We often add more ground pork to make this more of a main dish. I’ve even made it without any pork as a vegetarian side dish. Either way, it is delicious!
Thank you so much, Carlie. So happy to hear!
We love this dish from a local Thai place and I was so excited to see a cleaned up version! I did set off our smoke detectors while dry frying the beans but the alarm was worth it! This is a fantastic dish and your how to instructions made this very easy to make.
Thank you so much, Lori. So happy to hear!
Yum!! I ate Gan Bian Dou Jiao almost every day when I lived in Beijing. This is almost exactly it! Except I don’t see the “ma” from the “ma la”…
Where in this recipe would I add the Sichuanese Pepper (Hua Jiao? Flower Pepper?) if I wanted to add that Sichuanese numbness to this dish?
Thanks so much! I love your recipes!
Hi Dave! Thank you so much. I would add the flower peppercorns with ginger, garlic, scallions…etc in Step 3. Hope this helps! Cheers. :))
I am sure the green beans are delicious and can’t wait to try them.
What countertop appliance are you using to cook them? Getting ready to start a kitchen reno and that looks like something that would come in handy!
Hi Julie, I like stainless steel skillet – 12 inch will be great!
I made this for my family and it was AMAZING! I loved dry frying the beans. What a difference that makes in the flavor of the dish. The fish sauce also adds a super umami flavor! Thank you – this is now a favorite and I will be making it again. (note: I increased the pork for added protein and subsequently the measurements for the sauce.)
You have the BEST recipes with the BEST flavors. YUM!
Oh ChihYu, I just love your recipes, every single one is amazing!
I don’t personally eat beans but I love this concept of dry-frying! Love it, thank you.
I love love love your videos and GIF’s. I also love crisp garden fresh green beans, this recipe looks great!
This is easy and so tasty! I love that spicy chili paste! Brilliant 🙂
This is one of my favorite recipes and I love how simple it is to make!
Definitely one of my favourite Chinese veggie dishes. I always order it at dim sum lunches but haven’t actually made my own, so this is a recipe I will try!
Dry fried green beans with Chinese Dim Sum. Hmm…sounds Delicious !! 😀
This looks so so good. I’ve been obsessed with green beans recently and this looks like such a flavorful way to enjoy them!
It goes well with so many things. Thanks so much Jean !
I always get stuff looking at and drooling over your photos. SO beautiful and mouthwatering! This looks so good!
Thanks so much Emily !
Ohh this is right up my alley! I’ve never tried dry frying but I love the texture of this! Thank you!
Thanks so much Renee ! We love this simple and super flavorful dish too !
Ohhhh, I love that you included a video for this one, ChihYu! It looks really delicious and a great way to serve green beans. Thanks for the recipe!!!
Thank you Carrie !
This recipe is amazing, as are all the others I have tried. Thank you for providing such a trusted spot for whole30 delicious, quick meals.
Thanks so much Susan ! Appreciate it ! Love sharing good and healthy delicious food. :))
I love this dish. One of my favorites.
Thanks so much Sherry. Appreciate it !! Love simple green beans too ! So economical and delicious !