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Honey Garlic Green Beans

Green beans are a reliable standby, but they can seem ordinary on their own. Just a couple of extra ingredients give them a sweet and salty attitude. This is definitely my family's favorite way to enjoy them. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed


  • Whisk together first 5 ingredients; set aside. In a 6-qt. stockpot, bring 10 cups water to a boil. Add beans in batches; cook, uncovered, just until crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Remove beans and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • Coat stockpot with cooking spray. Add beans; cook, stirring constantly, over high heat until slightly blistered, 2-3 minutes. Add sauce; continue stirring until beans are coated and sauce starts to evaporate slightly, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 72 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • wintermom9597
    Oct 26, 2020

    A huge hit! I used cut beans that I had frozen fresh from the field. Was told to definitely make these again!

  • cynandtom
    Feb 21, 2020

    Delicious green beans. I didn’t change a thing. Simple and delicious side dish.

  • angela32
    Aug 11, 2017

    We enjoyed these as a side dish tonight. They tasted just like my favorite green beans from a Chinese restaurant that I love.

  • puffybloomers
    Jul 20, 2017

    Wonderful way to cook green beans. Will make these this way from now on.

  • BeckyJCarver
    Mar 13, 2017

    This is a wonderful side dish, full of flavor & easy to make! Even my son, who hates green beans, loved these.

  • annrms
    Feb 21, 2017

    This is a delicious and easy recipe to prepare. I blanched the beans several days ahead, and I had cut the beans into segments instead of keeping them whole only because some of the beans had blemishes. The sweet, salty, spicy, and crunchy tastes complimented the brightly colored beans. This recipe is a keeper!

  • sdipiazza
    Dec 5, 2016

    I made these for Thanksgiving. I loved them, my sons liked them but no one else thought much of them. I'll make them just for me next time.

  • butterflybirds
    Nov 23, 2016

    The best string bean recipe yet. Raves from my family.

  • amehart
    Nov 19, 2016

    Made these the other night and they are wonderful! The flavors blended perfectly and so easy to make. I didn't have any leftover which is great from a family who has several "nothing green" eaters.

  • pajamaangel
    Nov 14, 2016

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