Dry-Fried Green Beans with Garlic Sauce

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This is an easy and classic preparation for Chinese dry-fried green beans sauteed in soy, garlic and sesame oil. Tasty, salt and tender dry-fried green beans – the best!



  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken 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)
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a bowl, whisk soy sauce, chicken broth, cornstarch, sesame oil and garlic together and set aside.
  2. Wash your beans and dry them with paper towel. You can deep fry, air-fry or broil the green beans (see below for instructions).
  3. In a pan over medium high heat, add broth mixture and cooked green beans and bring to a boil. Stir quickly and turn off the heat as soon as the sauce thickens.
  4. Season with salt and serve immediately.

Deep Frying:

  1. Heat about 1/2 cup of oil to 350ºF and slowly add beans. Fry for 2-3 minutes, until the beans are wrinkled. Remove from oil, turn off the heat and drain the beans on paper towels.


  1. Lay a piece of aluminum foil on a large cooking tray. Add green beans and 1 tbsp vegetable 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:

  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 vegetable 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 leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Keywords: easy recipe, appetizer, Asian, vegetables, side dish

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