If you need a simple healthy side dish with a bit of a kick to it, these Spicy Sesame Green Beans are my go to. I made these with yard long beans (aka asparagus beans) but they are equally delicious with fresh green beans.
My husband and I like our green beans crunchy so I don’t even bother boiling them first. But if you like them softer, precook them for about 5 minutes first and then just finish them in the sesame oil at the end.
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Sesame Green Beans
- 1 pound yard long beans (aka asparagus beans or green beans)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
- soy sauce to taste
- Trim ends of green beans and cut to desired length.
- If you like your beans softer, put in a saucepan covered with water and boil for 3-5 minutes. If you like them crunchy skip to the next step.
- In a large skillet heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.
- Add beans and cook to desired softness. Splash with soy sauce and serve.
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