Marinated Green Beans

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
For many years, I made this dish with asparagus. At Thanksgiving, green beans were all I had, so I used them instead. Everyone enjoyed it. Plus, it doesn't take much time to put together. —Phy Bresse of Lumberton, North Carolina


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add beans; cover and boil for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain immediately place beans in ice water. Drain and pat dry. Place in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, ginger, five-spice powder and pepper. Pour over beans; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled. Sprinkle with sesame seeds just before serving.