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Wok-Style Green Beans is a quick and easy way to bring the delicious flavors of Asian cooking right into your own home.
My parents have the most incredible wok and my mom uses it all the time. When I moved, I didn’t realize how much I would miss her wok-cooked meals until I started really getting into cooking and loving how quick and easy it is to make stir-fry. But stir-fry mixes aren’t the only things these incredible kitchen appliances are good for — anything can be done in a wok.
The ease of wok-cooking can turn even the simplest ingredient into something incredible. Minimal ingredients and a punch of flavor are what make these Wok-Style Green Beans truly crave-worthy. My roommate’s and my friend Lauren came over for a home-cooked Chinese dinner one night and she made her dad’s recipe for green beans. This is literally one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever witnessed. As we stood there, watching the covered wok do it’s thing, I expected her to do something else. But nope. Nada. Toss green beans in oil and let cook. Do I even dare call this a recipe?!
Biting into one of these Wok-Style Green Beans was a little taste of Asia right in our own kitchen. Sesame oil and chili-garlic sauce. That’s it! That’s all you need, none of that other crap that fast food Chinese restaurants put in their food.
Asian cooking may be minimal in preparation but it is so far from that when it comes to flavor. I’ll be making these again — and trying with other veggies too!
- 1 tbsp peanut oil
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 lbs fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 1-3 tsp chili garlic sauce
- Heat peanut and sesame oils in wok on medium-high heat. Add green beats and toss until coated. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook 8-10 minutes or until green beans are slightly softened but still have a little bit of a crunch.
- Add chili garlic sauce to taste. Toss until well combined.