One day over the summer, my family went to PF Chang’s for lunch. The kids always order their Crispy Green Beans, so almost upon entry, we ordered them.
Green beans did come out from the kitchen, however, they were not the green beans we expected. Instead, PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans came out, the kiddos immediately gave the plate the sink eye, lol. So our waiter said to just keep them and that he would bring the kids out the Crispy’s right away.
THAT was such a deeeelicious mistake! Boy were those Spicy Green Beans good…I wondered how in the world they could have escaped my radar all this time. ‘Cause…ya know, I have been to PF Chang’s quite-a-bit over the years.
A few weeks later, my husband & I were on a Saturday morning date and we popped by the Wrightstown Farmers Market, which occurs every Saturday morning and a woman was there selling nothing but green beans. Big-fat-delicious-looking green beans in small baskets. I knew what I had to do…I had to make those PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans, so I did. I’d call that a sign, lol!
They were delicious…exactly the taste and texture we wanted. I don’t have a wok (I used to back in the day) but they came out perfect!
These Spicy Green Beans are easy to make and would compliment a host of proteins or good enough to be eaten on their own. If you want to take your beans and kick them up a notch…try them!
If you enjoy green beans (or need them to disguise as I do) Check out these Harissa Green Beans I made for a site I recipe develop for – They were different & scrumptious!
Another way I enjoy green beans are by making Cajun Green Beans. So simple and low cal! You can use Cajun or Blackening Seasoning. Char them as much or as little as you wish.
I also make Steamed Green Beans with Bacon Jam….I mean why not? This Bacon Jam is so good it’s ridiculous! I give it as host/hostess and food gifts during the holidays. I put it on eggs, veggies, burgers, eggs, cheese and more!
Let me know if you try out any of the green bean recipes!
- 2 TBS soy sauce (I like low sodium for cooking)
- 1 TBS rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1½ pounds green beans
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 TBS sesame oil
- Mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
- Prep your green beans by snipping off any ends that need it.
- In your large skillet (or wok if you have one), heat your oil on medium heat for about 30 seconds, add in your garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Add in your green beans and cook until either crisp tender or more wilted, whichever is your preference. Depending on the size of your green beans 3-5 minutes.
- Pour in your soy sauce mixture. coat with sauce and continue to cook for another minute.
- Serve & enjoy!