simple spicy sesame green beans

spicy sesame green beans close up
I love green beans! Growing up eating them exclusively out of a can, when I discovered their fresh flavor, I was forever a convert. I will gladly never eat them out of a can again. So long jolly green bland beans…

Right after Thanksgiving is a great time to score a sweet deal on fresh green beans, also called string beans or French beans if your British (Wait, what?). They’re high in fiber, rich in Vitamin A, and full of antioxidants. They are a delicious snack eaten raw, and they are naturally fat free. Can I get a heck yes?!

This recipe is super easy and fast, makes a fantastic side dish, and the spiciness is a nice departure from the casseroles of recent weeks.

Simple Spicy Sesame Green Beans

Prep time: 3 minutes
Ready in: 12 minutes
Serves 4 as a side dish

1 pound green string beans
2 medium size cloves chopped garlic
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons sesame oil

Rinse and trim the ends of the green beans and steam in a covered pot with 2 inches of water or steamer basket for 8 minutes.

Totally unrelated, check this out for a laugh and a sing along while your beans are steaming:


Jim Henson was a genius! Don’t you think?

Okay, now back to the beans…

After 8 minutes transfer to a heavy skillet over medium heat and quickly add the remaining ingredients in descending order and sauté on high heat for one minute.

Remove from heat and serve.

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spicy sesame green beans serving

Tis the season for green beans and the Muppets. Ode to Joy!

Your thoughts are welcomed in the comments section below.

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6 thoughts on “simple spicy sesame green beans

  1. trixfred30 December 3, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    Although your beans look great we have to say we loved the Muppets clip. We even turned the TV off to watch it. ‘Nothing really matters…but Moi! Classic….

    • Rabekah December 4, 2012 / 9:38 am

      Haha! That’s great!

  2. Linnea December 3, 2012 / 11:14 pm

    Loved the Muppets! Yes, Jim Henson was a genius. I need to watch more of his stuff. Thanks for the reminder! Your blog is a gem. Like the quotes, too. I’ve only had the Pumpkin Soup so far and it was off-the-charts fabulous! Many thanks!

    • Rabekah December 4, 2012 / 9:39 am

      Thanks so much and glad you liked the soup!

  3. Peter Farr December 4, 2012 / 11:43 am

    Thanks for this! Looks great! going to make it today!

    • Rabekah December 5, 2012 / 12:30 am

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoyed it!

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