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Chinese garlic green beans

Chinese Green Beans With Garlic Sauce

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  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Frying, broiling, air fryer
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This is easy Chinese green beans recipe makes the perfect side dish to a Szechuan inspired dinner. The blistered green beans are tender, slightly charred, and tossed in a garlic sauce packed with umami and savory flavors. Ready in 15 minutes from start to finish.


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, beef broth, or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 pound green beans (ends trimmed)
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil, avocado oil, or safflower oil, for frying


  1. In a bowl, whisk the soy sauce, chicken broth, cornstarch, sesame oil and garlic together and set aside.
  2. Trim and wash the green beans. Next, dry them well with a paper towel and set them aside.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of oil to a wok or a deep skillet and turn the heat to medium high. When the oil is hot (about 350ºF), slowly add the green beans.
  4. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes, turning the green beans a couple of times, until they are wrinkled. Turn the heat off and transfer the green beans to a couple of paper towels to remove excess oil.
  5. Add the sauce to the same wok or deep skillet and turn the heat to medium. When the sauce is bubbling, add the cooked green beans and quickly toss to coat them evenly.
  6. Turn the heat off, season with salt and serve immediately.

Broiling Method:

  1. Lay a piece of aluminum foil on a large cooking tray. Add green beans and 1 tbsp peanut oil and toss to coat evenly. Lay the green beans flat on the tray (they should not be piled up) and season with salt. Broil in the oven for 3-6 minutes, until the beans are lightly charred. Transfer beans to a paper towel.

Air Fryer Method:

  1. Set the air fryer to 360º F and let it preheat for 3-5 minutes before using.
  2. Toss the green beans with 1 tablespoon peanut oil and add them to the air fryer.
  3. Close and air fry for 15 minutes. Take the basket out a couple of times and shake the green beans so they cook as evenly as possible. The green beans should be slightly charred, wrinkled and tender. If they are still quite crunchy, put them back in the basket and air fry for an additional 5 minutes.


Keep the leftover Chinese green beans in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 175
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 562.8mg
  • Fat: 15.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.4g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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