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The Most Delicious Green Beans…

by Jamie on April 28, 2009

Green beans…yes my friends you read correctly…green beans. I don’t think I have ever posted a side dish on my blog, but this recipe is a must post. I know these are not a sweet treat slathered in whipped cream or frosting, but they are just as good…well, in a savory way, but rest assured, they still contain sugar! I came across this amazing recipe last summer and I have made them countless times since then, but much to my dismay I lost the recipe. I knew it had originated online, but after many search attempts I came up empty-handed. On Sunday I had planned to make Firecracker Salmon and I knew these green beans would be the perfect side, so I hit up Google and once again…nothing. I knew the original recipe contained white vinegar; therefore, it was easy for me to weed through the other recipes. I even contacted my friend, Em to see if she still had the recipe since I had emailed it to her months back. I gave up…then about two hours later the name of the blog came to me! I flipped open the laptop like a crazy person and there it was the best green recipe ever! These amazing green beans paired perfectly with the Firecracker Salmon and Fried Rice and I was one happy gal. Oh…one more thing…make these green beans!

Spicy Green Beans

Slightly Adapted from the Paupered Chef
Click here for Nick’s picture tutorial of the process.

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 pound green beans
4 scallions
3 medium cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of Sriracha (more or less depending on your tolerance level) I use more because I like them spicy!

*Note-Make sure everything is prepped and ready to go before tossing anything in the pan. It will take just a few minutes to cook everything. It will go by quickly.
1 .Combine the soy sauce, white vinegar, sugar, Sriracha and red pepper flakes in a bowl and whisk until combined.
2. Mince the garlic, and cut the scallions however you see fit. I like the diagonal cut, but that’s just me.
3. Place the iron skillet over high heat for at least 5 minutes.
4. When everything is chopped and ready, toss in the oil, swirl until it coats the bottom of the skillet, and add the green beans. Cook until they are tender, about 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so. It will look like you’re murdering them, but be patient. It will work.
5. Dump in those neatly cut scallions and cook until they are gnarly. About another 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
6. Add the garlic and cook just until it becomes fragrant, about 5 to 10 seconds. Then add the soy sauce mixture. Cook for another 20 seconds or so, and then turn off the heat, and plate.


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Selba April 29, 2009 at 12:19 am

I like green beans, usually I cook green beans with garlic only :)

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Amanda April 29, 2009 at 5:07 am

Yum! I have a recipe for green beans that I just made up myself and cook on the grill. I make them more in the warmer months and you have now reminded me that it’s getting warmer and I should make some!

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Children of the Nineties April 29, 2009 at 9:05 am

This looks amazing, you may have just inspired me to try it!

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Ingrid April 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

Green beans are one of the few veggies that my kids don’t go gaga for. I always thought it was because I hadn’t hit on the right recipe. I’m going to give these a try, asap. Thanks for sharing down the recipe. I think this is the one to get the kids excited about green beans! :)
~ingrid

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Leslie April 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

these do look amazing. I have been on ahunt for new ways to cook up green beans

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Nicole April 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Those sound awesome! Not sure the kids will enjoy them but I cant cater to them ALL the time!

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Chaitali April 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I love green beans! I generally stir fry them with just garlic and soy sauce. Your way sounds so much more delicious though :)
But what exactly is sriracha and where can I buy it?

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Michelle April 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Sriracha is an Asian hot sauce. You can usually find it in the grocery store. I’m sure you’ve seen it on the table at Chinese restaurants (green top with a rooster on the bottle).

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Lori April 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm

These look really tastey. I will give this a try. I usually have my beans with olive oil and garlic powder.

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Madam Chow April 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm

You sold me, and the recipe doesn’t even include butter!

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bakergirlcreations April 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Spicy green beans are one my all time favourite sides…if you are looking for a late night snack, try it with edamame – so good!

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Allison April 30, 2009 at 12:15 am

This is my new ‘favorite blog’ and I only found you 20 minutes ago!
I’m a fan!

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Debbie April 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

I love fresh green beans and spicy ones sounds delicious!

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halo April 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

These are delicious!
Thanks so much for the recipe.

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Maria April 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Bring on the spice. Great side dish!

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Riley July 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I made this with a few changes! I didn’t add the vinegar, I used brown sugar instead of white, I used olive oil, and I changed the scallions to 3 tablespoons of onion (or more), 2-3 tablespoons of Sriracha . It turned out fabulous!! Thanks for sharing! It is a hit! I will be using it all the time now!! Yumm!! I LOVED IT!

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Sofia August 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Do I need the scallops? Because I don’t have much time to go to the store right now

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Sofia August 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I meant scallions but my stupid phone wrote scallops instead

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Jamie August 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Sofia-
They will be just fine without the scallions, although I’d definitely pick them up for next time. Enjoy.
-Jamie

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