This quick stir fried green beans recipe is one of the easiest and most flavorful side dishes! So much flavor with just a few ingredients.
When you’re looking for a quick, flavorful side dish, nothing beats these stir fried green beans!
I’ve now made these spicy green beans three times in the past week and twice they didn’t even make it to the table because we snacked on them right after they had their picture taken. You know that a vegetable side dish is a winner when your kids eat it straight out of the pan!
The beauty of a good stir fry, green bean or otherwise, is that it’s incredibly versatile. Don’t have enough green beans on hand? Add some shiitake mushrooms and bell peppers.
Looking for a full dinner idea, not just a side dish? Stir fry some chicken or shrimp first, then add it to the green beans with an extra dose of the sauce, and serve it over brown rice.
So many options if you follow the general tips listed below!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THESE STIR FRIED GREEN BEANS:
These are the main components need for this recipe (affiliate links included):
- Green beans: One pound green beans. Trim the ends and cut the beans into 1 ½-inch pieces.
- Soy sauce: I use regular soy sauce, but feel free to substitute with a low-sodium version if you prefer. For a gluten free dish, use tamari instead of soy sauce.
- Chili garlic sauce: Chili garlic sauce is be found in the international aisle of most grocery store or online. I use this sauce all the time, for everything from my homemade stir fry sauce to peanut sauce. If you can’t get a hold of any chili garlic sauce, cook a couple of minced garlic cloves with the ginger and sprinkle in some red pepper flakes.
- Oils: Avocado oil is great for high heat cooking. Use canola oil or peanut oil if you don’t have avocado oil on hand. A little sesame oil is added for flavor.
- Ginger: You can’t beat the flavor of fresh ginger! It can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores.
- Optional: If you like, sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top.
How do you make a good stir fry recipe?
- Most important tip…Be prepared! Things move quickly when you’re stir frying, so chop up the veggies, mince the garlic and ginger, and whisk together any sauces BEFORE you start cooking. I even go one step further by lining up the ingredients in glass prep bowls in the order that they’re added to the stir fry. A little too far? Maybe. But it keeps me organized while cooking!
- Make a double batch of my Homemade Stir Fry Sauce and keep it on hand for last-minute meals.
- Make it sizzle! Stir fries should be cooked at medium-high to high heat, using a wok or heavy skillet.
- Because stir fries are cooked at such a high heat, use oils with a high smoke point, such as avocado, canola or grapeseed oils. If adding sesame oil for flavor, stir it in when the vegetables are almost done cooking. It does not have a high smoke point, so will lend a bitter taste to the dish if cooked too long at a high heat.
- If you are adding a protein, such as chicken or beef, cook it first, then set aside while cooking the vegetables. Add the protein back into the wok with the sauce to reheat it.
- Cook the vegetables in order. What do I mean by that? First add the veggies that take the longest to cook, such as carrots and broccoli, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Next, add quicker cooking vegetables, such as snap peas. Add very delicate vegetables, such as bean sprouts, at the end.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are these stir fried green beans vegan or gluten free?
Yes, it’s vegan! And it’s also gluten free if tamari is substituted for the soy sauce.
What to serve with this green bean stir fry:
I like to stir fry green beans as an easy side dish, and there are plenty of entrées that pair well with it. Serve any of these entrées with the green beans, as well as brown rice or cauliflower rice.
Other healthy stir fry recipes:
Quick Stir Fried Green Beans Recipe
- In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce (or tamari) and chili garlic sauce. Set aside.
- Heat a nonstick wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the avocado oil and heat briefly.
- Add the ginger and greens beans, and stir to coat the green beans with oil.
- Spread out the green beans in the pan and allow to cook for about 3 minutes, stirring every 45 seconds, until slightly blackened and just tender when pierced with a fork.
- Stir in the sesame oil and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
- Pour in the soy sauce mixture and stir until combined. Serve immediately.
The post was originally published on March 12, 2018 and updated on June 17, 2021.
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