Lemon-Sesame Green Beans

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
There’s a kabob shop in Charlottesville, Virginia, called Sticks, and it has wonderful sides, including sesame beans. I love them so much that I had to make my own version. You can use fresh or frozen green beans; haricots verts (French green beans) work well too. This salad only gets better as it sits, so it’s a perfect (and convenient!) recipe to make a day or two in advance. —Dyan Carlson, Kents Store, Virginia
Lemon-Sesame Green Beans Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add green beans; cook, uncovered, 3-4 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Remove green beans; drain well.
  2. Whisk the remaining ingredients until blended. Pour over green beans; toss to coat. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 124 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 204mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.