Last updated October 29, 2018

Looking for a quick, healthy side dish? These Chinese-style garlic green beans are ready in 15 minutes and will pack your dinner plate with a punch of umami.

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garlic green beans sauteeing in cast iron skillet

Is it just me or is it hard to come up with a healthy side dish that tastes good? I never have any problem in the meat category. And I can whip up some mean mac and cheese, but vegetables sometimes get overlooked in my household.

One veggie dish I love though is Chinese Style Garlic Green Beans. Every time I go to the Chinese buffet, I load my plate up with these and crab rangoons. Don’t judge. 

oil in hot cast iron skillet

The secret to these green beans is that you cook them in super hot oil, hot and fast. I’m not talking about a vat of oil. They’re not fried like French fries. They’re just wok-fried.

I recently got the new Lodge Cast Iron Cook-It-All, which is awesome because half of the 2-piece set is a 14-inch wok.

garlic green beans sauteeing in cast iron skillet

To heat the oil, place it in the wok over a bed of medium-hot coals. You should be able to hold your hand over the coals for 6-8 seconds before you need to pull it away.

Then, add the green beans. I always trim the tips off. Today, I used traditional string beans, but you can use Chinese long beans, too, if you can find them at your local grocery.

They’ll start to steam and soften in the oil in about 4-6 minutes.

garlic green beans sauteeing in cast iron skillet

Next, it’s time to add some umami. Add a splash of water, vinegar and Worcestershire with garlic, salt and pepper.

This part of the cook is really fast. Because the pan is super hot, the liquid may splatter or steam, so be careful.

Stir it quickly. You want the beans to blister, but you don’t want the garlic to burn. This step only takes 45 seconds to a minute. As soon as you get that beautiful color, pull them from the heat.

Learn more about the Lodge Cast Iron Cook-It-All in my product review

garlic green beans sauteeing in cast iron skillet

15-Minute Cast Iron Garlic Green Beans

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic, green beans
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

Looking for a quick, healthy side dish? These Chinese-style garlic green beans are ready in 15 minutes and will pack your dinner plate with a punch of umami.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb green beans trimmed
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a wok over medium heat, and heat the oil.

  2. Add the green beans. Cook 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

  3. Add the remaining ingredients. Be careful. It may splatter and create steam. 

  4. Stir and continue cooking for 1 minute, making sure not to burn the garlic.

  5. Remove from heat. 

Nutrition Facts
15-Minute Cast Iron Garlic Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 340mg15%
Potassium 282mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Vitamin C 15.1mg18%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.