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Garlic and Ginger Green Beans

A simple green bean stir fry with garlic and ginger. Healthy and delicious! Adjust the ginger and garlic to your liking. Eat with rice ^_^

Garlic ginger green beans, plated and ready to eat
Garlic and Ginger Green Beans, plated and ready to eat

This is one of our favorite way to cook green beans.

Why? Because it's:

  • Simple - Takes less the 15 minutes from start to finish.
  • Fresh - Using only a few ingredients really lets the green beans shine.
  • Healthy - We use ginger and garlic for flavor and just a minimal amount of oil.

And most's onolicious ^_^

I make Garlic and Ginger Green Beans often for lunch on my own. It's a true one-pot dish (we stir fry and steam in the same saucepan).

Just prepare a cup of rice in the rice cooker. Whip up this dish. Then eat! It gives all the satisfaction of a comforting homemade meal but is so easy to put together.

When serving this at dinner, I usually add a meat side (like Shoyu Chicken or Mochiko Chicken).

Ingredients for garlic ginger green beans laid out on a table (green beans, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and chicken broth)
Ingredients for Garlic and Ginger Green Beans


Here's what you'll need to prepare this easy green bean stir fry.

Start with the 1 main ingredient:

  • Green Beans

Add 2 aromatics:

  • Garlic - Feel free to use more/less. My mom likes to use double the garlic recommended in this recipe!
  • Ginger - Same goes for the ginger. Ginger and green beans are a pretty perfect pairing.

Season with 3 ingredients:

  • Chicken Broth - The chicken broth is used to steam the green beans directly in the saucepan. You can just use water if you don't have chicken broth.
  • Soy Sauce - We use both the Aloha and Kikkoman brand in Hawaii.
  • Sesame Oil - We drizzle this on at the end, right before serving. It functions as a fragrant "finishing oil."
Stir frying garlic ginger green beans in a saucepan
Add the green beans first, and the garlic and ginger second.


Got all your ingredients together? Great!

As for cooking equipment, all you need is a saucepan (this is truly one of those one-pot meals).

First thing you'll need to do is prepare the green beans. Do this by trimming off both ends of the beans. Wash and then side aside.

Add a bit of oil to the saucepan. Over medium-high heat, slide in the green beans and stir fry for 2 minutes.

Then slide in the garlic and ginger and stir fry for a minute more. (I know we typically add aromatics like garlic and ginger first when it comes to cooking. But in this case we want to add the green beans first because the ginger and garlic will burn if we don't.)

You want the ginger and garlic to smell really good and start to take on that golden shade.

Then it's time to steam! Steam directly in the saucepan by pouring in the chicken broth (or water) and soy sauce, and putting the lid on the pan. Steam for just a minute.

Remove the lid, add a splash of sesame oil. Stir and you are ready to eat!

Garlic ginger green beans, plated and ready to eat
Garlic and Ginger Green Beans, plated and ready to eat

Green Bean Recipes

This is a saucy green beans recipe. It's very different from blistered green beans (also called Sichuan green beans) where you get a charred exterior.

This recipe is noticeably light, delicately crisp. The garlic and ginger are gently cooked and feel very fresh. Some people also refer to this recipe as Chinese garlic green beans.

There's some sauce at the bottom of the dish, which I love to spoon over rice. If you want it less saucy, cook the dish for a bit longer after the steaming step, so that more of the liquid soaks up.

If you love green beans, make sure to also try the Chinese Sausage (Lap Cheong) and Green Beans. It's a similar but also very different dish that I ate frequently growing up. The lap cheong gives the dish so much flavor, as does a touch of oyster sauce.

What Kind Green Beans To Use

You can use any kind of green beans.

We end up using French green beans 99% of the time. These French green beans also go by the name Haricot Verts (which is just the French translation of "green beans.") It sounds fancy, but is not really.

You can find French green beans at many major supermarkets. They are sometimes also sold under the name, "French-style green beans" or "filet beans."

We prefer these beans because they are longer, slimmer and also slightly sweeter in taste.


How long does this dish keep?

It keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge, in a sealed container.

How to reheat this dish?

Microwave for 1-2 minutes. Or steam for 3-4 minutes.

No chicken broth?

No worries! You can use water if you don't have chicken broth. The dish will be slightly less flavorful but still very onolicious.

Garlic and Ginger Green Beans Recipe

See below and enjoy ^_^

Garlic ginger green beans, plated and ready to eat

Garlic and Ginger Green Beans

Yield: Side dish for 2-3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This easy green bean stir fry with garlic and ginger is healthy and delicious! Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of ginger and garlic to your liking. Crisp and savory, perfect with rice.



    1. Prepare the green beans. Wash and trim (cut off the ends) of the green beans.
    2. Over medium-high heat, add a bit of oil to a saucepan and stir fry the beans for 2 minutes.
    3. Then add the ginger and garlic. Stir fry for another 1 minute.
    4. Pour in the chicken broth and soy sauce.
    5. Place a lid on the pan and let steam for 1 minute. Remove the lid. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil.
    6. Stir and slide the green beans onto a serving plate. Eat with rice.
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