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If you are a fan of spicy food, you will love these. spicy beans! An easy yet flavorful Asian side dish recipe that packs a punch. like P.F. Chang’s!

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  • spicy beans
  • ingredients
  • How to make spicy green beans
  • Tips for choosing the best green beans
  • variations
  • Easy side dish recipes:
  • PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans

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I was making yakitori chicken pineapple fried rice the other night and realized I wanted more greenery on the table. I loved the spicy and salty flavor of PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans, so I decided to give them a try.

It took me several years to jump on the PF Changs bandwagon. Living in a city with so many locally owned restaurants with amazing food, the chain joints are not that affordable and I like to root for the place.

In fact, we have a locally owned Chinese restaurant with real, authentic cuisine. The menu is also printed in Cantonese. Fortunately, one of our best friends can communicate (and order) for us when we go.

FACT: Green beans actually grow on bushes!

But one day my husband and I found ourselves in the county at a nice old mall in the middle of a torrential downpour. We could choose between PF Changs or the Cheesecake Factory. We chose PF Changs.

To our surprise, it was really good! Not exactly authentic Chinese food, but really solid American Chinese food. I had the Kung Pao Chicken and he had the Orange Chicken.

FACT: Green beans are often thought of as a vegetable, but they are actually a fruit.

But more on this green bean recipe. The original is made with a “spicy sauce of red pepper, fresh garlic and Sichuan preserves.” What the heck are Sichuan preserves? Basically just a chili garlic paste. Think spicy and red.

Many of the copycat recipes use a garlic-pepper sauce, but I’ve used crushed chili flakes to mimic the tangy flavor of the peppercorn. You can definitely use a chili garlic sauce or even Sriracha if you like.


  • fresh green beans – Make sure the ends of the beans are cut off. And check out my tips below for choosing the best green beans!
  • Salt – I prefer to use fine sea salt for this spicy green bean recipe. A good quality salt makes the difference!
  • Soy sauce
  • fresh ginger – We are not using ground ginger, we want fresh grated ginger for maximum flavor.
  • Garlic cloves – Again, fresh garlic is my spice preference for this recipe.
  • Rice vinegar – This should be found in the hallway where other vinegars are located. If not, it could be down the hall.
  • Sugar – A pinch of sugar is enough to balance the spicy and salty flavors of these green beans.
  • Ground pepper – Freshly ground black pepper works great for this recipe.
  • chopped chili flakes – These are optional, but if you like hot sauce, I recommend adding them.
  • Sesame seeds – These are also optional and are used for decoration, but they just add a nice touch to the dish.

How to make spicy green beans

  1. Cook the green beans. Fill a large skillet halfway with water and bring to a simmer. Add the green beans and cook until tender. Cooking times vary depending on the size of the beans. Transfer to a colander and rinse with ice water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Make the soy sauce. In a small bowl, mix the other ingredients.
  3. Season with green beans. Over medium heat, heat sauce, stirring. Season with green beans.
  4. Garnish and serve. Drain on a serving plate and garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

Tips for choosing the best green beans

A. Make sure they are a vibrant green color. After all, these are green Beans. Avoid beans that have a yellowish or brown tint.

TWO. The surface of the green beans should be smooth and inviting, not wrinkled or loose.

THREE. Have you ever seen someone break a green bean? A good SNAP is a sign of a ripe bean, the only problem is that you can’t guarantee that the entire batch was harvested at the same time or even came from the same farm when it’s in the supermarket.

This technique works best at a farmers’ market when you can be more certain that they all come from the same crop.

FOUR. Avoid jumbo beans. Bigger is not better with these spicy green beans. Larger beans can be more difficult to cook and have a stringy texture.

FIVE. Store green beans in the refrigerator and use as soon as possible, but no later than 3 days after purchase. The changes were already collected more than a week before the purchase.

SIX. To make green beans, cut twigs or stems off the ends of the beans.

PRO TIP: Fruits and vegetables start to lose nutritional power the moment they’re harvested. For the best nutritional value, shop locally to ensure your produce hasn’t endured a long journey.

In this green bean recipe, the beans are blanched to ensure they are cooked through, but still have a crisp texture. I used thin French green beans because they were on sale, but you can also use traditional and thicker versions, just steam them for a few more minutes.


Doing the same outlines over and over again can get a bit repetitive and boring. Here are a few ways to mix up this spicy green bean recipe if you want to try something different next time:

  • For added crunch and even more flavor, add a few extra greens. Green onions or a red bell pepper would be perfect. You can also mix them with your favorite vegetables to add a spicy touch to a vegetable fry.
  • To change up the flavor a bit, replace the sugar with brown sugar.
  • Instead of boiling the green beans, you can sauté them in a large skillet with sesame or olive oil. Cook until they have a nice char on the outside.

Easy side dish recipes:

  • Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
  • Cheese Fries
  • asian asparagus

Ginger Rice Recipe Ginger Rice is one of my favorite jasmine rice recipes. It pairs perfectly with many Asian dishes and adds so much more flavor to meals than traditional white rice. Sherry Green Beans If you need an easy green bean recipe, look no further than these Sherry Green Beans! Steamed green beans have never tasted so good!

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PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans

PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans are an easy and flavorful side dish recipe. Only 6 ingredients for the best green bean recipe! Prep Time5 minCook Time10 minTotal Time15 min Course: Side Dish Cuisine: Chinese Keyword: Spicy Green Beans Servings: 4 Calories: 52kcal Author: Jessica Formicola Cooking Methods Keep screen from dimming

  • 1 pound green beans, cut into ends
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced red bell pepper, optional
  • Sesame seeds to decorate
  • In a large saucepan, fill halfway with water and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in green beans for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Cooking times vary depending on the size of the beans. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well and let stand.
  • In a small bowl, mix the other ingredients.
  • Over medium-low heat, heat sauce, stirring, for about 3 minutes. Season with green beans.
  • Drain on a serving plate and garnish with sesame seeds if desired.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it went.

Calories: 52kcal | Carbs: 11g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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