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Spicy Garlic Green Beans

A Side That Can Carry Your Meal

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These Chinese-inspired spicy garlic green beans are the side dish you’ve been waiting for. Packed with a ton of garlic flavor, medium level of heat, and ready in less than 20 minutes, you might just skip the take out and make these instead. While inspired by Sichuan green beans, they aren’t exactly the same. Authentic Sichuan green beans have fresh ginger, green onions, and most importantly, Sichuan peppercorns. Considering Sichuan peppercorns can be difficult to find, this recipe omits them.

Chances are if you’ve never shopped in an Asian specialty market then you’ve never come across “yard long beans.” If you have and wondered what you can use these for, this is the recipe. Yard long beans, also referred to as Chinese green beans, are exactly what they sound like, yard long green beans. Although they taste similar to their shorter friend, the green bean, these beans should not be boiled or steamed. Instead, these meaty beans are best dry fried or roasted. If you can’t find yard long green beans, any green beans will work. Fresh is best, considering that they will be dry-fried until they’re blistered and soft.

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Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Servings: 3


  • 1 lb green beans
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2-3 Thai chilies or ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. chili garlic paste
  • 2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds optional
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce


  • In a pan or wok over medium heat add both oils. Once oil has heated up add in the green beans and cook until blistered and al dente, mixing every minute to avoid burning (approx 10 minutes).
  • Add the garlic, chilies or chili flakes, and chili garlic paste. Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Drizzle soy sauce and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Top off with optional sesame seeds and enjoy!

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Eden Nosal

Founder of The Bold Appetite

Eden Nosal is the founder of The Bold Appetite. Once a corporate retail professional, she turned to food photography and content creation in pursuit of her culinary passion. Her food and cooking blog is dedicated to big, bold flavors with recipes that combine global inspiration with approachability for the home cook. From harissa roasted tomatoes and spicy scallion noodles to homemade hummus, The Bold Appetite serves as the destination to satisfy your daily food fix.