These are the best green beans I’ve ever had! Just like the ones served in Chinese restaurants, these dry-fried green beans are tender, juicy and packed with umami and savory flavors. They are addictive!
Dry-Fried Green Beans with Garlic Sauce
I could eat these dry-fried green beans every day.
When I think about Szechuan food, my mind goes straight to dry-fried green beans because the place I oder from makes the best ones ever!
The downside to liking them so much is having to fork out $12 for a small delivery container every time I want them. Ordering good Chinese food in NYC is not cheap at all so I tested, failed and finally succeeded at making my own dry-fried green beans at home.
Now my wallet is much happier because $12 gets me enough green beans to dry-fry three or four times a week!
When I first made this recipe, I only thought it could only be made by deep frying the green beans, which is the traditional Chinese way. Deep frying gives the beans a beautifully tender texture that cannot be beaten.
But there’s just one problem with that:
Burning hot oil makes me nervous enough to walk around the kitchen armed with a large glass lid that I use as a shield. I may not look as tough and sexy as Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, but I surely feel more invincible against hot oil spatters!
So you can understand the joy I felt when I realized that there were other options to making this dry-fried green beans recipe. Two more options to be precise.
Okay, I’ll admit that deep frying yields the absolute best texture for the green beans, but if you hate dealing with hot oil as much as I do, or are looking to cut down on fat and calories, you will want to give these other options a try.
Option #1 is to broil them.
Throw your green beans on a cooking tray, toss them in a little oil and place them in the oven, on the highest rack, a few inches away from the flame. Keep an eye on them and broil for 3-6 minutes, until the green beans are slightly charred and looking wrinkled.
Option #2 is to use an air fryer.
I’m so in love with this new kitchen toy because it makes cooking vegetables so clean, easy and quick. It’s also totally mess-free since it only comes with a fry basket and basket holder, both of them which are dishwasher safe.
Another bonus: this thing makes the BEST French fries! Healthy French fries that are way healthier than deep fried ones – I never thought I would say this one day but yes, they do exist!
Now let me get back to the dry-fried green beans before I start sounding like an informercial. By the way, I am not receiving a dime for talking about the air fryer. It’s just a really great product that I wanted to share with you since it makes eating healthier, easy and pleasurable.
Set the air fryer at 360º and let it preheat for 3 minutes before using.
Toss the green beans with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and add them to the air fryer.
Close and air fry for 15 minutes. Take the basket out a couple of times and shake the green beans so they cook as evenly as possible. The green beans should be slightly charred, wrinkled and tender. If they are still quite crunchy, put them back in the basket and air fry for an additional 5 minutes.
Once your green beans are cooked, add them to a pan along with the garlicky sauce and sautee for 1-2 minutes. Done!
These are deliciously salty and savory green beans that can be served as a snack, a side or a main.
We like to eat them with a bowl of white rice so the grains can absorb all the wonderful flavors of this dish.
You can make these dry-fried green beans ahead of time and they will keep refrigerated for up to 2-3 days.
Other easy and delicious Chinese recipes:
- Smacked cucumber with chili oil
- Chinese eggplant with garlic sauce
- Vegan mapo tofu
- Chicken egg foo young
- Hot and sour soup
- Honey sriracha tofu
Did you like this Dry-Fried Green Beans Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comment section below!
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