Friday, May 10, 2013

Green Bean Stir Fry


An easy, vegetarian, stir fry with long beans, onion, and hoisin sauce.

I really like green beans.  They are best when they are cooked but still crisp so I think stir frying them is great.  I have just recently been introduced to long beans, long (at least 1 foot) rope like green beans, and I love them.  With long beans I don't have to snap and string them like regular green beans I just wash them and cut them.  I also think they are more tender.  This recipe is a great vegetarian meal when served over rice, but you can also serve the beans as a side dish.


1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
1 Thai pepper, minced (optional)
1 pound long beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1  small onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1/4-1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)

In a large pan over medium high heat, stir fry the garlic, ginger, and pepper (if using), in oil, until fragrant.

Add the onion and stir fry until soft then add the beans.  Stir fry for a couple of minutes then add the sauces and water.  Mix well and allow the beans to steam until tender.  Most of the water will evaporate but leave you with a nice sauce (add more water if looks too dry).

Turn off the heat and toss in the sesame seeds for a little added crunch.  Serve over rice.  Makes 2 servings (with a little left over).  Enjoy.

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