Garlicky Ginger Green Beans

This has become my favorite way to cook green beans. It’s easy and flavorful and just looks pretty on your plate.

Garlicky Ginger Green Beans

a great side to go with everything from chicken to fish to beef to pork
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh ginger, fresh green beans, garlic, orange zest, red pepper flakes, side dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 74kcal


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 12 oz fresh green beans trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice


  • Wash and trim green beans
  • Mince the garlic
  • Peel and mince the ginger
  • Pour water in skillet and add green beans. Season slightly with salt and pepper and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes
  • The water will mostly evaporate, but if there is a remainder, please drain
  • Add olive oil and garlic and ginger. Sear quickly until golden, then throw in the beans. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes
  • Grate the orange zest (I do this over the pan directly but a good trick is also to grate over a paper towel). Add to pan
  • Add sesame oil, salt and pepper, and if desired red pepper flakes
  • Squeeze orange juice into pan
  • Toss for about a minute until fully coated.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
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