These Easy Szechuan Green Beans are made with trimmed green beans, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar.
The first time I tried these green beans were in Beijing in the summer of 2013. We were sitting on a sound table with the traditional Chinese Lazy Susan, and the green beans rolled around to me. I served myself on a plate and took a bite out of that crispy spicy deliciousness. They are traditionally made with Sichuan Peppercorns and dried chili peppers.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Green beans
- Vegetable oil
- Sesame seeds
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- White sugar
- Red pepper flakes
See recipe card for quantities.
Start by heating up the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok on medium high heat. Throw in the green beans and cook for 5 minutes
Add the garlic and ginger and toss frequently for 8 minutes.
Mix the sauce together in a bowl and stir well. Pour in the sauce and cook for another 4-6 minutes until the green beans are on the softer side, but not too soft.
Garnish with sesame seeds.
Hint: Mix the sauce before you start cooking the green beans.
- Green beans: Make sure to use fresh green beans.
- Ginger: Use ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger for every 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger
- Garlic: You can use fresh or garlic from a jar.
- Sesame seeds: This part is optional but gives the dish a great look. You can use everything but the bagel seasoning as well, which is what I used!
- Sesame Oil: This gives it the best taste, I wouldn't omit!
- Soy sauce: There should be twice the amount of soy sauce compared to rice vinegar.
- Rice vinegar: You could also use rice wine vinegar, shaoxing wine, or dry sherry.
- Sugar: Feel free to use white sugar or even honey if you prefer. You can use the same amount for either.
- Red pepper flakes: If you have dried chili peppers, use that instead but this is a great alternative if you can't find them. Red pepper flakes will give the beans the spice they need.
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add extra red pepper flakes or a bit of sriracha.
- Deluxe - add teriyaki sauce or a little bit of spicy mayo.
- Kid friendly - add crushed wonton chips for a nice crunch.
Check out this Miso Tuna to pair with these green beans.
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Stone bakeware takes longer to heat up than metal pans, and also retain heat for longer, which could make the recipe more watery, or burnt on the outsides.
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This will be good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
These Easy Szechuan Green Beans ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
Since everything cooks fairly quickly, make sure to prep everything beforehand before cooking.Print
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove