Spicy Green Beans

In under six minutes you can whip up some green beans with chili paste and fresh grated ginger for a spicy side dish

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Green beans with an added punch of spice and flavour

Liven up your green beans with some added spice

Green beans can be one of those ho-hum vegetables. But add just four simple flavour ingredients and you can elevate the simple green bean into a new favourite dish!

This can be prepared in under 6 minutes, and you can also substitute asparagus for the beans, if preferred.


  • 2 Tbsp. grapeseed or peanut oil
  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed (I prefer haricots vert, the skinny French beans)
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. chili paste (I use Sister’s Secret)
  • 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds (garnish)


  1. Heat a nonstick 10-inch frying pan over high heat, add the oil and swirl to coat.
  2. Toss in the beans and stir until they begin to brown.
  3. Mix the soy, ginger, garlic and chili paste together.
  4. Once the beans are browned, pour the soy mixture over and toss to coat.
  5. Let the beans sauté in the mixture for about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the sesame seeds.

Serves 4.

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