Green beans with chilies
Ordering Chinese food from Szechuan Gourmet on a Sunday evening has become sort of a ritual at casa de Phelps. We both prefer Szechuan over Cantonese food and Szechuan Gourmet makes it easy to fall in love with their menu. One dish I love is their sauteed string beans; salty, garlicky and crunchy, they taste incredible! But at $12 a pop, I find it way overpriced and thought I’d try creating something similar from my own kitchen, for a lot less than that. I came up with this green beans recipe a few weeks ago and have cooked it several times since its birth. Ben loves the flavor the dried chilies bring to the dish and I’ve always been a big fan of oyster sauce. The flavors are strong but not overwhelming and by quickly blanching, and sauteing the green beans, they retain their crunch and look beautiful.
This is a classic Asian combination of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce and chilies. It’s hard to go wrong when all these terrific flavors are thrown together and tossed with a simple vegetable like green beans. These green beans with chilies and oyster sauce have enough flavor to be served on their own with a bowl of rice. Or you can serve them as a side to a lightly seasoned piece of meat or fish. You’ll never serve plain green beans again after trying this easy Chinese recipe!
Sauteed green beans with chilies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Side
- Cuisine: Chinese
- 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
- 1 pound green beans (rinsed)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon dried red chilies (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Bring a pot of salted water to boil (not as salty as the sea, but enough that you can taste it).
- Meanwhile, rinse and cut the ends of each green bean.
- When water is boiling, blanch the green beans for 3 minutes. Drain.
- In a medium size pan, add the vegetable oil, garlic, ginger and dried chilies. Cook for a minute and add green beans.
- Toss and cook for another minute, then add soy sauce and oyster sauce.
- Toss well, add sesame oil and turn the heat off. Serve.
- Calories: 109
- Saturated Fat: 1
These look so good! I could eat a whole bowl for dinner 🙂