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Skinny Chinese Green Beans

Skinny Chinese Green Beans just like you love from the Chinese buffet with a spicy garlic sauce but without the frying or excess oil.
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic paste
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced, green part only
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


  • To a wok with a lid (or a steaming pot with a lid) add the green beans and 1 cup water on high heat.
  • Steam for 3-4 minutes, then drain any remaining water and set green beans aside.
  • Add the canola oil and heat on medium-high heat.
  • Add the green beans and stir fry them for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the garlic, green onions, chili-garlic paste and stir to combine.
  • Cook the garlic mixture for 30 seconds to a minute then add in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, water and chili flakes.
  • Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until most of the liquids are completely cooked off.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.5g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 3.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 852mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 3.5g