One of the most popular requests I receive is for inspired side vegetable dishes. Something easy, something delicious, something that (hopefully) everyone at the dinner table will eat.
Green beans are one of those vegetables that pretty much everyone likes. You hear complaints about broccoli or eggplant or spinach, but green beans are quite well-loved, or at least pretty inoffensive.
This recipe takes this ho-hum vegetable and with a new preparation technique and just a handful of ingredients, transforms it into something altogether different than what you’ve likely encountered before. It’s inspired by green beans I’ve eaten at Chinese restaurants.
Plus it doesn’t involve the oven or even steaming (a bonus for these summer months). Sauté the green beans until they’ve blacked a bit, then add soy, honey and garlic and you’ve got yourself some mean beans.
And with this post, I’m going to say so long for a few months. As I type, our London house is being packed up and on July 4th we fly back to the States (oh, the irony!). We’ll be vagabonds for the summer traveling through California and the midwest, until we settle in Boston at the end of August, hopefully timing our arrival with that of our household goods from London. I’ll be back with more recipes probably in September, once my Boston kitchen is up and running. Enjoy the summer and happy cooking (and eating). xo
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Garlicky Soy Honey Green Beans (serves 4 as a side dish)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
12 ounces (340 grams) green beans, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon honey
In a medium sauté pan heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the green beans and salt. Cook, stirring the beans occasionally, until most are well-browned, shrunken and tender, 8-10 minutes. (The butter in the pan will have turned dark brown. If beans aren’t browned at 8 minutes, turn up heat a bit.) While the beans are cooking combine the soy sauce and water in a small bowl.
Reduce the heat to low, add the garlic, and cook, stirring constantly with a heatproof rubber spatula, until the garlic is softened and fragrant, about 15 seconds. Carefully add the soy and water mixture then the honey. Cook, stirring, until the liquid reduces to a glaze that coats the beans, about 1 minute.
Transfer the beans to a serving dish, scraping the pan with the spatula to get all of the garlicky sauce, and serve.
Adapted from finecooking.com