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Sesame Green Beans ‘n’ Water Chestnuts

Soy sauce and sesame oil make a flavorful base for these good-for-you green beans from Dot Christiansen's Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen. Toasted sesame seeds and water chestnuts add texture and crunch to this quick skillet side that goes well with beef or poultry.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds fresh green beans (about 5 cups), trimmed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted


  • In a nonstick skillet, saute the beans, water chestnuts, mushrooms and garlic in canola oil and sesame oil for 5-6 minutes or until almost tender. Add the water, soy sauce, sugar, pepper and salt. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until beans are tender. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 87 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • dsm
    Dec 9, 2018

    I have been making this since 2004 - should have rated it long ago! It is a favorite of several family members. I use a bag of frozen green beans (we actually like the frozen better than fresh) and use an 8 oz container of mushrooms but otherwise follow the recipe. Very tasty!! Thanks, Dot, for sharing.