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Spicy Garlic Green Beans

I created this recipe while trying to reproduce a dish served at my favorite Chinese restaurant. These come very close and use just a few handy ingredients.—Jennifer Hoeft, Thorndale, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • In a large skillet, saute the beans, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt in oil for 10-12 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 62 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • mamamarie
    Jan 14, 2016

    I cooked my beans ahead of time, too. Also used 2 teaspoons garlic. Used olive oil. Added black pepper, too. Thanks.

  • kayjayc
    Jun 21, 2014

    We love green beans prepared this way. I use 1/2 sesame oil, 1/2 canola and a splash of soy sauce instead of salt. Easy and so yummy!

  • mare0086
    Nov 16, 2013

    Really easy and really delicious! Used frozen beans, boiled them first, and it turned out great! These ordinary ingredients make an extraordinary side dish!

  • cynandtom
    Oct 12, 2013

    These green beans are fabulous! I bought them in a microwaveable bag (fresh not frozen), cooked them just under the suggested time. I also added a little soy sauce to the mixture. Then sautéed for just a few minutes. My husband an both loved them, they are already on next weeks menu with Grilled Pork Milanese.I would recommend trying the Tasty Onion Chicken pictured with it, also delicious!

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    Sep 24, 2013


  • lbraden
    Aug 18, 2013

    One of our favorites. I, too, boil my beans first so it's a faster stir fry. We love the red pepper flakes. I've also stir fried them in bacon grease and they are great. And when I don't have fresh beans available canned beans work just as well. Great recipe. Super easy.

  • katlaydee3
    Feb 8, 2011

    Will definitely make again. I boiled the green beans for about 15 minutes first because I really like them "cooked to death."

  • TJTrails
    Sep 30, 2010

    I thought these were real good, kind of a kicked up green bean. Some of the best green beans I've had & will be making again.

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    Jul 21, 2006

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    Jun 28, 2006

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