Ginger Garlic Glazed Green Beans

Serves 4 to 6
One of my sons called looking for a green bean recipe that could accompany the Vietnamese lemongrass chicken that he was making from a cookbook. I rattled off a few ideas, and this recipe for Ginger Garlic Glazed Green Beans is what he created.


  • 2 teaspoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, half sliced and half minced
  • 1 pound green beans, rinsed and stemmed, with water still clinging to them
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the oil, ginger, and minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the beans and sliced garlic, and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan. Cook for another 4 minutes, partially covered. With 1 minute left, add the soy sauce and sesame oil and swirl around the pan to form a glazy sauce.
cook's note
Fresh Ginger and Garlic
Both flavorings will keep a long time if stored correctly, ginger in the refrigerator and garlic in a cool, dry place. Stock these simple ingredients, and you’ll be able to make lots of Asian-flavored recipes.

The blanching technique entails briefl y cooking a fresh vegetable in boiling water to remove its raw texture while retaining the color and nutrients. Cover and let boil for about a minute. Then submerge the vegetable in ice water to stop the cooking and drain.
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