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Garlic-Sesame Green Beans

Sauteed bits of garlic and shallot, with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, turn ordinary beans into something special. Keep the recipe in mind for your garden crop in summer. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted


  • In a Dutch oven, bring 10 cups water to a boil. Add green beans; cook, uncovered, 6-8 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat oils over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic, salt and pepper; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain green beans and return to Dutch oven. Add shallot mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 67 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 305mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Kilyena
    Apr 5, 2019

    Very tasty! I boiled the green beans for 5 -6 minutes they were tender. Next time I'm going to either steam them or boil them for 3 minutes so they will be crisp tender. They were even better the next day. Easy recipe! Will make again. Thanks for sharing.

  • frank
    Apr 6, 2018


  • Jellybug
    Mar 18, 2017

    Easy to prepare and delicious. Hubby asked for thirds! and he is not a big vegetable eater..

  • dcscake_OH
    Feb 14, 2017

    I made these last night and they were so good. I cooked the beans on the stove. Use the same ingredients - great !

  • MarineMom_texas
    Feb 6, 2017

    I prepared these delicious green beans tonight and we loved them. This is such an easy recipe. I cooked the beans 7 minutes in boiling water. I followed the recipe directions but made a couple of minor changes. I omitted the sesame oil since I didn't have any and chopped a little sweet onion instead of a shallot. I did pare the recipe down for the two of us. We will definitely have this delicious recipe again. I highly recommend this recipe.Volunteer Field Editor