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Asian-Style Stir Fried Green Beans

Growing up, I loved it when my mom made stir fried green beans for dinner. The slightly burnt, super garlicky, crunchy/soggy pieces at the bottom were my favorite — my dad and I would fight over those.
Course: Side Dish
Author: Tina, Just Putzing Around the Kitchen


  • 1 bag frozen green beans thawed and drained (Obviously, fresh would be better. But if you’re short on time, the frozen stuff is great.)
  • ¼ cup gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • ½ TBSP sesame oil


  • In a large bowl, mix gf soy sauce, ½ tbsp garlic, pepper flakes, and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is uniform.
  • Add drained/dried green beans, and toss to coat in sauce.
  • Heat sesame oil in a pan/wok on medium-high heat. When tiny bubbles start to form in the oil, add remaining minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Pour green beans/sauce into the heated, oiled pan. Using a spatula, spread green beans out in a more or less even layer in the pan. Cover, and let cook for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir/toss green beans to avoid burning, then cover and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until your green beans get soft and you start seeing browned bits at the tips.
  • Enjoy immediately, over a bowl of rice.