Asian Green Beans

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Asian Green Beans – Crispy flavorful green beans better than take out or the Chinese Buffet. It’s a quick and easy side dish.

Asian Green Beans Recipe on a plate

Chinese Green Beans

One of my absolute favorite things about a Chinese buffet is the crunchy green beans.  Just about every Asian restaurant you go to will have some variation of crunchy green beans.  Some are heavy on the garlic.  Some are covered in sesame seeds.  But, the common theme is that they are crisp and very flavorful.

Making Asian-style green beans at home is quick and easy.

How To Make This Fresh Green Bean Recipe

*Note:  The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

  • Add soy sauce, vegetable oil, and sugar to a mixing bowl.
  • Whisk until well combined.

Soy sauce, olive oil, and sugar in a mixing bowl for Chinese green beans

  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add fresh, trimmed green beans.
  • Carefully drizzle the sauce over the green beans

When you add the sauce to the hot skillet, it will spatter a bit.  Adding the green beans to the skillet first will protect you from a lot of the spatter.

Fresh green beans in a large skillet with Asian sauce being poured over them

  • Cook for 6 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Don’t over cook these green beans.  They should be crunchy and flavorful, just like the kind that you would find at the Chinese buffet.

You could substitute some sesame oil for the vegetable oil if you like that sesame flavor.

Plate of Chinese buffet green beans

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Crunchy Asian Green Beans on a plate

Asian Green Beans Recipe

5 from 23 votes
Asian Green Beans - Crispy flavorful green beans better than take out or the Chinese Buffet. It's a quick and easy side dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


Servings 4 servings
Calories 122 kcal


  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil (or your preferred cooking oil)
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, edges trimmed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  • Pre-heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, add the oil, soy sauce, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add the green beans to the skillet. Then, carefully add the soy sauce mixture to the hot skillet (liquid may spatter a bit). Stir to coat the beans in sauce. Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir the garlic into the green beans. Cook for 1 minute, stirring often. Then, remove the skillet from the heat.


Do not over cook. These beans should still be somewhat crisp, just like the kind you find at a Chinese buffet.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.5g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Fiber: 2g
Course Side Dish
Keyword asian green beans, chinese green beans, stir fry green beans
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Author Amanda Finks
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About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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