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Spicy Szechuan-Style Green Beans

Spicy and crunchy, when it comes to green beans, it’s hard to beat serving them Szechuan-Style. These will quickly become your favorite way to use this green veg. Serve it with rice and your favorite Asian-inspired main dish and dinner is served!
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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy side dish, summer, vegetable side dish, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Skillet or Wok


  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon minced Fresh Ginger
  • 2 teaspoon Hoisin sauce (be sure to use gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon Soy Sauce (use Tamari for gluten-free)
  • ½ teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (more or less depending on your spice preference)
  • 1 lb Green Beans, trimmed and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil (use any high-heat neutral cooking oil like grapeseed, vegetable, or avocado)
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt (see note)


  • Whisk together garlic, ginger, Hoisin Sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add green beans and water beans, stirring frequently, until the water cooks off and the beans are bright green.
  • Add cooking oil and salt and continue cooking until beans are starting to brown in spots, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over green beans and continue cooking until sauce reduces slightly and green beans are coated and tender, about 2 minutes more.
  • Serve immediately.


Kosher Salt - I use Morton’s Kosher Salt to test recipes. If using table salt, reduce by about half. If using Diamond Kosher Salt, increase by about 25%. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to salt, so be sure to taste and adjust as you go. 


Serving: 3g | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 931IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg