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Sesame Ginger Green Bean Salad

These Sesame Ginger Green Beans are so easy and almost completely make-ahead. Just throw them together at the last minute and expect rave reviews!
Course Side
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Green Bean Salad, Sesame Ginger Green Bean Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 123 kcal
Author Chris Scheuer


  • 2 pounds haricots verts or slender green beans trimmed, if using regular beans
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil or other neutral tasting oil oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced or grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 cup tiny frozen peas thawed
  • 2 teaspoons light sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water (I do this right in my sink.) Have a large strainer ready to drain the beans.
  2. While water is heating, prepare sauce (glaze) by combining oil, ginger, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and Sriracha in a small bowl.
  3. Add beans to boiling water and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally (if your beans are really small and thin, only cook for 3½ minutes). Drain well and immediately plunge into the bowl of ice water (this will stop the cooking process) then drain again and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Shake strainer occasionally to remove as much water as possible.

  4. Spread drained beans out on several thicknesses of paper toweling or a clean kitchen towel and pat to dry as much as possible. At this point, beans can be wrapped in dry paper towels, placed in a ziplock bag and refrigerated till just before serving.

  5. When ready to serve, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add sauce and stir continuously for 1-2 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and starting to thicken slightly.

  6. Add green beans and stir gently for 2-3 minutes or until veggies are glazed and warmed through. Add peas and sprinkle with about ½ teaspoon of kosher or regular salt and a generous grind of fresh pepper. Stir again for 30 seconds. Sprinkle with light and black sesame seeds. Serve hot, cold or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and extra tips.

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Ginger Green Bean Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 84mg4%
Potassium 377mg11%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1230IU25%
Vitamin C 28.6mg35%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.