Recipe and Cooking Techniques: Sesame Roasted Green Beans

Guess what?  We are still harvesting green beans from the garden!  And if you are like some of my friends that planted beans this year and you were as fortunate as we were and got a lot of them, maybe you are looking for more than one way to enjoy your bounty.  I found this recipe to be really intriguing because it has so many of the things that I enjoy like garlic, sesame seeds and oil, red pepper flakes and honey.  It is sweet and spicy, so if you are looking for a surprisingly tasty way of refreshing a traditional side dish, well this is it.  I went all Asian for my dinner with this side as it accompanied Teriyaki grilled pork chops and Teriyaki rice.  Ahhhhhhhhh…what a meal!!!

Sesame Roasted Green Beans

Prep Time 15 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

Serves 4-6


1 lb. green beans (or yellow wax or both), ends snapped off

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped garlic (about 3 medium cloves)

1 dash ground ginger

2 tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon sesame oil

¼ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (optional)

4 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


1.      Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line rimmed baking sheet with foil, spread beans on baking sheet.

2.      Dribble olive oil and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt.  Using hands, toss to coat evenly and distribute in an even layer.

3.      Roast in oven for 10 minutes

4.      While roasting, combine garlic, ginger, honey, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in small bowl.

5.      Remove beans from oven.  Coat beans evenly with the garlic/ginger mixture, redistribute in even layer on the baking sheet.

6.      Return to oven and continue roasting until beans are dark golden brown in spots and starting to shrivel, 10-12 minutes longer.

7.      Adjust seasoning with salt if necessary, toss well.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Note:  This side is also low in calories, only 112 per serving.




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