Friday, January 4, 2013

Healthy and Easy Ginger - Garlic Green Beans

I love green beans.... as long as they are cooked properly. Overcooked they turn to dull, tasteless and limp mush but cooked until just tender crisp green beans are bright, delicious and an easy way to increase your veggie intake.

This recipe is so simple and so full of flavour! Ginger and garlic are perfect flavour partners and you need just a splash of oil - if you have a non-stick pan you can probably even use less. If you want a more Asian inspired dish just sub in a teaspoon or two of sesame oil and a splash of soy sauce instead of salt.

Healthy and Easy Ginger and Garlic Green Beans


1/4 cup grated ginger
6 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2 tbsp oil
2 lbs green beans, ends cut off
Salt to taste


Boil large pot of water. Add beans and cook for 3 minutes. The beans should still be crunchy.  Drain immediately and plunge beans into large bowl of ice water to stop cooking and ensure the beans retain their color. Drain. If needed, the beans can be refrigerated at this point for up to a day before proceeding (keep a damp paper towel over them).

Heat oil in large pan over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger and beans. Stir to coat and heat through. Salt, if desired.

Serves 6-8.


  1. I make similar way, just with potatoes and some turmeric powder :) spicy..!

  2. So healthy and fresh. Perfectly prepared.

  3. I LOVE green beans too! And I totally agree - they need to be crispy and bright green. My ginger-loving fiancé will love this green bean recipe.

  4. I saw your photo on FoodGawker and thought to myself, those green beans look perfect! Just the way they should. I love grated fresh ginger, too. Happy New year!