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Chinese Garlic Green Beans on a round white plate with a pair of brown chopsticks and green beans in a frying pan on the side with a napkin.

Chinese Garlic Green Beans

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This stir-fry Chinese Garlic Green Beans recipe is a super easy side dish! The green beans are blistered until tender, and tossed with tons of garlic and a spicy Asian sauce that is out of this world!

  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (or other neutral oil)


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add in the green beans and boil for 1 minute. Strain the green beans and add to a large bowl filled with ice water. Let sit for 2 minutes, then place the green beans on a kitchen or paper towel to dry thoroughly.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the soy sauce, sambal oelek, sherry wine, and ginger in a small bowl.
  3. Heat a large skillet or wok with the oil over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the green beans until they start to blister and are tender, about 5-6 minutes. Then add in the garlic and continue to stir fry for 1 minute.
  4. Toss in the sauce to thoroughly coat the green beans. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Serve while hot.


  • Blanching the green beans in boiling water for one minute, and shocking them in ice water, ensures that the beans will cook up evenly and quickly. I highly recommend this step!
  • Make sure to thoroughly dry the green beans before stir-frying. Wet green beans will make the oil sputter, and the green beans will not blister properly.
  • Try not to overcook the green beans. They should be crisp-tender, not overly wilted.

Watch a short video of this recipe here.

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 4.4 g
  • Sodium: 166.9 mg
  • Fat: 10.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.7 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg