Chinese Green Beans Recipe

Chinese Green Beans
I swear I’m going to turn this blog into a Chinese buffet, and I’m not even joking around either
J. Chinese chicken, pork, steak, meatballs, green beans… what’s next? There’s so much more to come in the near future! Have you ever had those garlicky green beans at the buffet? Ever wonder how to make them? When I first tried them at the buffet I knew I had to make them at home. Today I will tell you how to make them at home with this recipe for Chinese green beans. The beans are first steamed for a few minutes and then stir fried in the wok adding delicious flavors such as garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes to add a little heat. They make a great side dish to go with any Chinese dinner, and the best part is you can make them in a very short time.
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1lb fresh green beans (washed with strings removed and ends trimmed)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger root (minced)
1 garlic clove (minced)
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon sesame oil
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
vegetable oil (for frying)

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1: Place beans into a vegetable steamer and place over boiling water. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. When finished drain and dump beans into cold water and drain once again.
Step 2: Add oil to the wok and add garlic and ginger and sauté for 30 seconds. Add beans and sauté for about 5 minutes.
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Step 3:  Combine 2 tablespoons of water with cornstarch, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and sesame oil and mix well.
Step 4: Add mixture to beats and stir fry for 30 seconds to a minute.
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39 Responses to “Chinese Green Beans Recipe”

  1. Francie — June 11, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    These are my 2nd fave way to make green beans. I adore this dish! Thanks for posting it.


  2. Bobby — June 11, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    Francie – no problem, they really are great. Many more great recipes to come.

  3. Vani — June 11, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

    Wow!!!! Looks delicious…. Your description is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  4. Bobby — June 12, 2008 @ 7:14 am

    Vani – no problem, I try my best to make the description as easy to follow as possible. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Ivy — June 12, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

    Hi Bobby,
    Thanks for passing from my blog. You have a beautiful site with lots of delicious recipes. I think I saw you at the Great Cooks Community, or am I wrong? This recipe is great for our event “Fat Chefs or Skinny Gourmets? You can submit it if you like or a new one if you have something you would like to share with us.

  6. Bobby — June 12, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

    Ivy – Thanks for the compliments on my blog. You are right I am at the Great cooks community. I would love to share this recipe for your event.

  7. Toni — June 12, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

    Hi Bob

    I can’t wait to try this one. This is one of my favorites when I go for chinese!!!

  8. Kevin — June 12, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    This sounds like a tasty way to serve green beans!

  9. Bobby — June 12, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

    Toni – It’s somewhat different from the one at the buffet, but I’m sure you will enjoy it. Let me know.

    Kevin – it is, one of the best.

  10. Terry B — June 28, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

    These sound wonderful, Bob! I make a slightly different version, Szechuan green beans, to accompany a spicy chicken dish.

  11. Robin — June 28, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

    These look fabulous. You’re photography looks great. Chinese-style green beans are a fave in my book and they’re sure to be made after my next trip to the farmer’s market.

    Thanks for posting.

  12. Bobby — June 30, 2008 @ 8:58 am

    Terry B – Our versions are very similar, your’s looks great as well!

    Robin – They are some of my favorite as well. Let me know how it turns out!

  13. Pam — October 5, 2008 @ 7:36 am

    I have tried a few other recipes for this and so far they havent matched up with the resturants. I love to make chinese food at home and this would be the PERFECT addition.

  14. nicole — December 3, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

    mmmmmmm.ur recipe is the best,i luv ur green beans i eat them like litterally once every week!1there deliciouse!

  15. Rhonda — June 18, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    I just cannot even begin to tell you how delighted I have am to have this recipe…I have been trying to bribe the waiter at the local Chinese buffet for years….

  16. anne humphries — June 25, 2009 @ 10:41 am

    Can i use frozen green beans for this recipe.

  17. Bobby — June 27, 2009 @ 7:30 am

    Anne – Yes, I dont see why not. Enjoy.

  18. Lori — August 3, 2009 @ 1:40 am

    I have been looking for a recipe to make these forever! Thank you! Did you use regular green beans or Chinese Long Beans? The ones that I get at the buffet taste much better than the ones I can get at the grocery store. There is no Asian market for 100 miles where I live.

  19. Bobby — August 4, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

    Lori – Just regular green beans. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  20. Mrs. Hartley — October 12, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    I am going to be trying these tonight, and if they’re good, my mother in law is going to kiss the ground I walk on. This is her favorite, and mine, on the buffet line! Thanks!

  21. Brandy — January 26, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    i love them they were great and i used frozen green beans i could eat them everyday even my kids liked them and they dont like green beans..

  22. Mallory Drewes — February 26, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    I am actually new to this website and I am absolutely in love with it!! I can’t wait to try these green beans tonight, they look delicious!!!

  23. matt harris — August 8, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    I finally got it! Thank u so much! The Chinese are tight lipped! Will olive oil work instead of veg. oil?

  24. Juliann — September 9, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    This was delicious, and easy without a lot of unusual ingredients. I added about about a pound of chicken to the green beans and doubled the sauce. It made a great one dish meal!

  25. Debbie — October 2, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    Love the beans at my favorite chinese buffet. Going to the grocery store now to get the ingredients. Can’t wait. Do you have a recipe for the great chicken on a stick? At favorite place the chicken must be marinated in something that gives it a somewhat red look.

  26. Christy — August 4, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    I’m so excited to have found this blog and this recipe!! I’ve always loved these green beans at Chinese places, but never knew how to make them at home. I’m thinking.. we’re having Chinese tonight! Thanks!!

  27. lynne — October 19, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    LOVED the recipe, my only addition was a dash of oyster sauce!

  28. Kim — November 28, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    At the Red 8 at the Wynn Hotel in Vegas, they serve a great green bean in garlic sauce dish – I also order it. I’m making your recipe tonight, I’m hoping it will as good or better than the dish at the Red 8.

  29. Megan — January 13, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Found this on Pinterest and it was great alongside the Bourbon Street chicken recipe I made. Love that we don’t have to go to the buffet to get these anymore!

  30. Pamela Rose Williams — April 7, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    HI Bobby, I will be making these beans with my Easter ham along with some cheesy potatos. If I write about it next week I will be sure to link back to your “chinese” blog 🙂 Thanks for the recipe. Blessing to you!

  31. Amber — September 3, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    Made these tonight. GREAT recipe. Thank you.

  32. Beatrice Johnston — April 6, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    I made these last night for me and my hubby and we loved them. They were so good that I’m not sure I’ll but them in a restaurant again considering how much cheaper they are to make. So glad I found this!

  33. Tiff — June 11, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    These green beans are my fav. when I go out to eat at an Asian buffet. Trying your recipe right now, wish me luck. Although I forgot to buy some corn starch… Anything else i can replace it with, or may I just leave it out?

  34. Bobby — June 11, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    Tiff – Yes, you can leave it out, the sauce will just not be that thick.

  35. gulie — July 29, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    Hi, can you add chicken to this recipe, if so, what additional steps need to be taken..thank you

  36. fiona — August 4, 2014 @ 4:44 am

    Wow thanks god i found a blog like this.ive been looking for beans recipe since i bought a lot of beans and i dont know what to do with them . ( silly me)..this will save my beans from being rot

  37. Wrinkleyoldgranny — August 15, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    Your beans look beautiful! I just made some and boy are they homely, but they sure taste good. Wow. They are home grown and delicious. Will go great with my sweet and sour giblets! Ha southern chinese recipe!

  38. Balton — September 4, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    Thank you…. I’ve trying to find this recipe ever since I first tasted it. Ya da bestest!!

  39. Victoria — October 1, 2015 @ 1:28 pm

    I love this and so does my family specially my 2 year old daughter . She started eating them when she was 8 months old and love them .

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