Green Beans Asian Style – Beautifully caramelized onions and peppers are sweet to the taste and make the green beans just that much better.
Green Beans Asian Style
I plant green beans in my garden twice a year during the growing season . The harvest is more than enough to fill my freezer and keep me in green beans until the next planting season. Thankfully red and green peppers are also plentiful in their frozen form next to the green beans in the freezer. I use the peppers in so many dishes that it’s never a problem using them up. As a matter of fact it makes me a little sad when they’re gone before the new planting season comes around in the Spring.
Fresh Green Beans on the other hand are a little harder to find recipes for. Other than putting them in a green bean casserole or steaming them and adding butter what do you do with them? This recipe answered that question. Green Beans Asian Style is so easy and delicious that it’ll be a regular here. The sauce has 3 simple ingredients in it, the cook time is about 10 minutes .
I thawed the frozen green beans and red peppers from my freezer (you can definitely use fresh when you have them) and sliced up a large onion. They went into my cast iron skillet with about a tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. They cook long enough to caramelize the peppers and onions and char the green beans slightly.
I don’t think there’s anything that compares to the aroma of peppers and onions caramelizing in a hot pan. The aroma makes you hungry for a taste of what you already know is scrumptious. Beautifully caramelized onions and peppers are sweet to the taste and make the green beans just that much better.
The sauce tastes a whole 2 minutes to mix together and is added to the pan right before serving. The Asian influence of the sauce enhances the flavors in the pan and lifts them up to magnificent. Whether you’re using fresh green beans and peppers your garden yielded or you bought at your favorite Farmers Market or store, your going to love this delicious green bean side dish. Green Beans Asian Style, it’s what’s for dinner and it’s delicious, ENJOY!
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Green Beans Asian Style
- 1 pound fresh or frozen green beans if using frozen, thaw completely
- 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes or more to your liking
- 1 red pepper sliced if using frozen, thaw completely
- 1 large onion sliced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- If using fresh green beans: snap the ends of the beans. Blanch fresh green beans in boiling salted water for about 1 minute. Plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat dry.
- If using frozen green beans, thaw completely. Pat dry.
- Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of a skillet over medium high heat. Place the green beans, peppers and onions in the pan and saute until the onion and peppers are caramelized and the green beans are charred.
- In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, soy sauce and crushed red pepper together. Pour over green bean mixture, stir to coat. Remove from the pan to a platter , serve hot.
Looking for more green bean recipes, try these from other bloggers…Roasted Parmesan Green Beans…No Fail Butter and Garlic Green Beans
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What a delicious dish and homegrown too must make them twice as good.
Thank you Janette, we loved them!
Homegrown always tastes yum!
Thank you Nisa!
What a colorful, healthy and delicious sounding recipe! Lovely photos!!!!
This is the only green bean recipe I’ll ever use! It’s delicious and the whole family loved it!
Thank you Tayler!
We love making these green beans, such a delicious side dish! I also love that it’s easy to make!
Thank you Jennifer!
This is a good idea and amazing recipe too. Something very unique and colorful. I’m seriously making these today!!! The best way to eat green beans!
Thank you Neil!
I love green beans, and all of these amazing flavors can only make them even better! Definitely going to try this!
This is definitely a yummy way to liven up green beans!
Thank you Amy!
I have a question: why do you blanch the fresh green beans? These look wonderful:)
You got me loving vegetables again. I hated them for most of my life until this recipe.
Thank you Greg
looks like my kind of veggie- bursting with flavor & easy
Delicious perfect sauce and I too have frozen green beans from the garden, I just love freezing them because it’s so easy and they stay so fresh. Thanks for sharing!!
Thank you Tristin
We love making green beens in a variety of side dishes and this one looks delicious! You’ve also inspired me to try to grow some red and green peppers this year, too, in our garden 🙂
Thank you Marlynn
What an awesome side dish idea!
I love how quick and easy these are with some tasty flavors too.
Such a great looking recipe! We love green beans. You can do so much with them and they are good with so many different entrees. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Anne.
I used a little garlic instead of pepper flakes (i’m not big on spicy) and added leftover rotisserie chicken to make it an entree. So good!
Thank you Emily.
Holy cow is this a fabulous tasting recipe. I was searching for low cholesterol recipes and this popped up. Easy to make and so flavorful.
I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the green beans- asian style!
This was excellent!!! I baked a few frozen egg rolls and served them with these spicy green beans. Made for a nice easy healthy dinner.
WONDERful Janie! Thank you for coming back to tell, I would have never thought to do that, but I’m going to try it now. The combination sounds delicious!
This is a great recipe. Very easy but fresh and delicious! I used a larger shallot instead of regular onion.