These beans are the perfect side dish for an Asian meal or potluck gathering where you want to impress! They cook up quickly and the flavors are delicious!
Author:Foodie Gone Healthy
Total Time:30 minutes
2 lb. green beans, ends trimmed
2 Tbls. Avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
¼ c. finely sliced yellow onion
¼ c. red bell pepper, cut into thin matchsticks
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbls. Unsalted butter
½ tsp. salt
3 Tbls. Low-sodium soy sauce
1 green onion, finely sliced on the bias, for garnish
2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish
In a large stockpot over medium high heat, bring water to a boil and season with 1 Tbls. of salt. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add the green beans to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 1-2 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge the beans into the ice water. When cool, drain the beans in a colander and lay them out to dry on paper towels.
In a large sauté pan or stir fry pan, turn on stove to high heat & heat the oil until smoking. Add the green beans, onion and bell pepper, and sauté until the vegetables are charred all over, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Add the butter, soy sauce and the ½ tsp. salt, and toss to mix and coat the beans evenly. Reduce heat, and cook until the sauce is thick enough to coat and stick to the vegetables, about 1 minute. Transfer to bowl & garnish with green onions & sesame seeds.
The ice bath is important to keep the beans crisp and crunchy!