Asian Style Green Beans With Bacon

Discover the savory delight of my Asian Style Green Beans With Bacon recipe, a simple yet flavorful side dish that’s sure to impress! These green beans are cooked in bacon fat until tender, then tossed with crispy bacon pieces and coated in a savory Japanese-style sauce. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Asian-inspired meal, adding a burst of flavor and texture to every bite!

Sauteed bacon garlic green bean recipe served in a white bowl topped with toasted sesame seeds, close up shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

I absolutely love my recipe because it’s my own take on Japanese-style green beans, a unique creation you won’t find anywhere else! These green beans are cooked to perfection in bacon fat, creating a delightful combination of crunchiness and tenderness. Then, I mix in crispy bacon and drizzle them with my secret Japanese-style sauce, following the same cooking technique as my Stir Fry Green Beans and Bean Sprouts and Pork Stir Fry. This method allows the sauce to infuse the dish with garlicky and savory flavors, making every bite a taste sensation!

It’s the ideal side dish to pair with your choice of rice or even as a co-main dish. If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe made with real ingredients that combines the goodness of both proteins and vegetables, this one’s a must-try. Get ready to savor the smoky goodness and make this recipe now!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Bacon – thick center cut bacon is best.
  • Green Beans – use fresh green beans that are trimmed, cleaned and string-less.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Garlic Powder – garlic powder is easily found in most supermarkets.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

🥓 Bacon Note

When making this dish, opt for bacon that releases oil when cooked, as we’ll be using that oil to stir-fry the green beans. If your bacon doesn’t yield enough oil, you can simply substitute it with vegetable oil for the same great outcome.

Ingredients to make sauteed bacon garlic green beans laid out on a wooden chopping board.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet

Directions

☑ Before Getting Started

Use a Wok or Deep Skillet. These cookware retain heat better and offer plenty of space for the green beans to cook and become crispy.

Step 1 Combine grated garlic, soy sauce, garlic powder, Japanese sake in a mixing bowl and set aside.

Asian style sauce.

Step 2 Start by cooking bacon in a large skillet on medium-high heat until it’s done. Transfer the cooked bacon to a holding plate, leaving the bacon oil in the skillet.

Bacon in a frying pan.

🥓 Bacon Pro Tip

Cook your bacon until it’s Crispy. This adds a fantastic texture when combined with the crispy green beans.

Step 3 Next, sauté the green beans in the skillet until they reach your desired level of tenderness, aiming for a crisp texture.

Chopped green beans in a frying pan.

🥬 Green Bean Pro Tip

Avoid Overcooking the green beans. The key is to maintain a crispy and crunchy texture for this recipe, so be mindful not to overcook them.

Step 4 Then, add the sauce mixture and continue to stir-fry for about a minute to infuse the flavors.

Asian style green beans in a frying pan.

📄 Serving Note

This recipe is designed to be enjoyed alongside your preferred Bowl of Rice.

Pairing Recommendations

This dish is best enjoyed with rice dishes like Japanese Ketchup Fried Rice, Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice, or plain rice of your choice. For a satisfying soup pairing, consider Japanese Meatball Soup, which complements the dish’s savory flavors. And to quench your thirst, a simple Mugicha would be a refreshing contract to your meal.

Sauteed bacon garlic green bean recipe in a frying pan ready to be served, top down picture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen green beans to make this dish?

No, using frozen green beans won't achieve the desired crunchy texture we're aiming for; fresh green beans are the best choice.

How do I achieve the perfect crispy texture for the green beans?

The surefire way to achieve the perfect crispy texture is to taste them while cooking. Look for the green beans to develop a slightly blistered appearance when they are done.

What are some alternative seasonings I can use for the green beans?

If you prefer a slightly sweeter version, consider adding Japanese mirin or a sprinkle of sweetener. For a touch of spiciness, you can add some ground red pepper to suit your taste.

Can I make this recipe in regular skillet?

Yes, it is possible to make this recipe in a regular skillet, but keep in mind that it may not produce the ideal texture for the green beans compared to using a wok or large deep skillet.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge, where they can be kept for 3-5 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, simply reheat them in the microwave.

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Sauteed bacon garlic green bean recipe served in a white bowl topped with toasted sesame seeds, close up shot.

Asian Style Green Beans With Bacon

Enjoy delicious Asian-style green beans with bacon sautéed to perfection, a flavorful side dish bursting with savory goodness.
5 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian, Asian Fusion
Keyword: Asian style green beans, bacon sautéed green beans
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 111kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Asian style green beans.
  • Grind garlic with a grinder or garlic press and place into a mixing bowl. Add Soy Sauce, garlic powder, Japanese sake and set aside.
    Asian style sauce.
  • Cut the ends off green beans, cut into bite size piece and set aside.
    Chopped green beans.
  • Cut bacon into 1/4 inch pieces and set aside.
    Chopped bacon.
  • In a fry pan, place on medium heat and cook bacon until desired texture is reached. Crispy bacon would be better for this dish, which would take around 4-6 minutes on medium.
    Bacon in a frying pan.
  • Once the bacon is done, transfer bacon to holding plate. Add back 1 tsp of the bacon oil into the fry pan, turn heat to high and add green beans. Sprinkle salt & black pepper and continuously stir green beans until done but still crunchy, about 2-3 minutes. Note - if your bacon didn't produce any oil, you can substitute with neutral tasting vegetable oil.
    Chopped green beans in a frying pan.
  • Add sauce mixture and cook for an additional 10-20 seconds. Add bacon back in and sprinkle Toasted Sesame Seeds on top. Transfer to a serving plate.
    Asian style green beans in a frying pan.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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2 Comments

  1. OMG 🤤 I was never a big green beans fan but this recipe looked so good! I followed the recipe exactly(even buying the sake)\ so good.

    Thank you for making my low carb diet a bit easier

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hello Donna! You are very welcome and glad you liked the recipe! So happy to hear that we were able to make your low carb diet a little more sustainable, that’s what it’s all about for us!

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