Recipe: Asian Green Beans
Summary: Soy Glazed Green Beans with Snow Peas
1 T Kosher salt
1-1/2 lbs green beans, ends trimmed
1 lb snow peas, trimmed
2 T canola oil
2 T unsalted butter
4 – 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 c soy sauce (use a good quality)
2 T sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
In a large pot bring 5 – 6 quarts of water and 1 T kosher salt to a boil. Gently add the green beans and snow peas and blanch for 2 – 3 minutes, just until crisp-tender. Transfer to a bowl filled with ice water in order to stop the cooking process. Drain in a colander and place on a cooling rack, or a sheet pan lined with paper towels or tea towel, to absorb excess water.
In a large saute pan or skillet, heat canola oil and butter over medium-high heat. Cook the garlic, stirring frequently, until it begins to turn light brown, about 1 – 2 minutes. Add the green beans, snow peas, soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds and freshly ground black pepper; saute until the beans and peas are thoroughly coated and the sauce is slightly reduced. Be careful to not overcook the beans and peas.
You can omit the snow peas and use carrots instead. This would also make an excellent way to prepare broccoli.
Cooking time (duration): 15 minutes; Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Meal type: Vegetable, Side Dish