Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chinese-Style Green Beans

Growing up, the only green beans I remember eating came steamed in that bland vegetable medley.  Not very exciting or tasty.  However, when I started dating my future husband, he opened my eyes to sauteed green beans at Chinese restaurants.  They were so delicious!  

However, after becoming a vegetarian, those were often off-limits because they usually came with pork in them or they were cooked with oyster sauce.  I was so disappointed.  But then my husband decided to find a way to cook a vegetarian version at home - and boy did he ever!  The caramelized onions and garlic really make this dish unique, and the green beans are cooked to perfection!

1 pound green onions, ends trimmed
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic oil
3-4 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper


  1. Heat oils in a large skillet over high heat.
  2. Add the green beans and stir to coat.  Cook the beans for about 5 mins.  
  3. Turn heat down to medium-high, add water to pan (be careful it will pop!), cover, and let steam for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add onions and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.  Allow to cook covered, stirring occasionally, until the onions have caramelized and the beans are tender and slightly wrinkled (about 15 minutes).
  5. Turn off heat.  Drizzle soy sauce into pan while stirring constantly.  Serve immediately.


  1. Now we're talkin'! This looks right up my alley. LOVE green beans and LOVE Chinese food! What an easy, simple way to add a little zing to green beans. Just pinned this - hope that's okay!

  2. I'm glad you pinned it! Pin anything you like! :)