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Green Beans with Garlic

Adapted from "Best American Side Dishes", by America's Test Kitchen, c2005, p211
2 servings
Prep info
15 min prep + 7 min cook
Prep time
15 minutes
Cook time
7 minutes
Time required
22 minutes
Oven preheat


  • Boil the green beans:
  • water (for boiling)
  • 1/2 t table salt
  • 225 g green beans
  • Fry with the flavorings:
  • 2 t canola oil
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t minced ginger (fresh)
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 t canola oil
  • At the end:
  • 1 T soy sauce (reduced sodium)


1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot over high heat.  Add salt and green beans; cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes.  Drain.

2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a nonstick skillet over high heat until shimmering.  Add the green beans and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes (hopefully they'll be spotty brown by now; if not, proceed anyway). 

3. Clear a space in the center of the pan and add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.  Drizzle the remaining 2 tsp oil over these.  Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. 

4. Add the soy sauce, mix together, and serve immediately.


SJ Note 13 May 2014: Tasty!  We only had half the green beans it called for, but went ahead and used the rest of the ingredients as written - flavor worked out well, so I've doubled all the rest in this copy to reflect that.  The beans never got spotty brown in step 2; I guess the heat was wrong.  You need to proceed anyway, or else you overcook the beans.  Will have again.