Tasty Green Beans

Tasty Green Beans


"This is an easy yet delicious way to prepare green beans. Slightly crispy and bursting with flavor!"

Ingredients 45 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 305 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 305 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 23.1 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.7g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 7.3 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 2743 mg
  • 110%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Melt margarine in a large saucepan over high heat. Mixing well, add green beans, onions and garlic. Stir in soy sauce. While stirring, add bouillon and water. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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  1. 192 Ratings

Crystal S

Very good side dish, but excessive amount of green beans for four people. Prepared the green beans as directed and sauteed the onion and garlic in butter vs margarine. Helpful Hints: in place of 1/2 cup of soy sauce, sub 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth to pan and let simmer for the indicated time. Last 3 minutes of cooking add cornstarch/cold water to thicken and 2 turns of low sodium soy sauce to the pan and continue reducing. No need to season with the salt as the recipe indicates as the soy sauce replaces it. For presentation toast sesame seeds and sprinkle on the beans prior to serving.


On a quest to find a recipe which mimicked the local chinese food restaurant's green beans, I chose this look-a-like. Luckily, I didn't read any of the most recent review before making this recipe, as the beans ended up being absolutely delicious. (yes, it's salty but there's a freaking 1/2 cup of soy sauce! That only makes sense!) I didn't have any of the problems that the other cooks experienced, and I did not find the beans to be very "labor intensive". My only complaint is that I halved the recipe (for 2 people), and the cook time ended up being a little too long. If you like your beans a little crunchy, I recommend cutting back the simmer time. Otherwise, they are a perfect side dish for a weekday or weekend meal.


I modified this a bit just to suit my tastes, and to use the frozen French-style green beans I had on hand. I cooked the beans till nearly done, and while they were cooking, sauteed the onion in butter, rather than margarine, with some fresh minced garlic. I added a little chicken broth instead of the water and bouillon, which I assumed meant bouillon crystals. The amount of soy sauce, as directed, seemed excessive, so I just gave it a couple of shots. To this mixture I added the nearly cooked green beans, tossing to coat. Very good!