Stir Fry Green Beans

Get ready for a flavor-packed delight with my Stir Fry Green Beans! These crisp beans are stir-fried with garlic and seasoned to perfection, then finished off with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil. Quick, easy, and bursting with natural goodness, this side dish is a must-try for any meal!

Asian style garlic green bean stir fry flavored with sesame oil served on a cast iron pan.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Stir Fry Green Beans recipe stands out as the best due to its simplicity in preparation. I carefully selected just a handful of ingredients to produce a dish that pairs seamlessly with various meals! Drawing inspiration from my Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry and Garlic Spinach Stir Fry, I’ve developed a delicately seasoned dish that complements a wide range of cuisines!

Utilizing my proven vegetable frying method from my Garlic Kale Stir Fry, I combine tender green beans infused with flavors of oil, white pepper, salt, and my perfected crispy garlic chips from my Spicy Garlic Pan Fried Chicken dish. It’s the perfect choice for anyone seeking a hassle-free vegetable side dish bursting with simple yet delightful flavors. Believe me, you’ll be eager to dive into this recipe right away!



  • Green Beans – fresh, trimmed, and chopped into bite-size pieces.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil – 100% Toasted Sesame Oil that should have a dark brown color.  
  • Garlic – fresh garlic cloves sliced or minced.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • White Pepper – ground White Pepper in a bottle.

🥬 Green Bean Note

It’s recommended to use Thinner Green Beans for this recipe, as they tend to be more tender.

Asian style garlic green bean stir fry flavored with sesame oil being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

Use a roomy Wok or Deep Skillet. Opt for High-Temperature Cooking Oil to achieve that classic stir fry result.

🥬 Green Bean Pro Tip

For Tender green beans, consider Blanching them in Hot Water for 30 Seconds before stir-frying. Be sure to strain out any excess water to maintain the integrity of your dish’s flavors.

Step 1 Start by preparing the garlic chips. Add cooking oil into a deep large skillet or wok and sliced or minced garlic. Cook under medium heat until the garlic is browned and crispy then transfer to a holding bowl.

Garlic chips in a frying pan.

🧄 Garlic Chip Pro Tip

For a quick and efficient method to make garlic chips, Microwave sliced garlic with oil for about 30 Seconds. Be sure to cover the bowl to prevent any splattering.

Step 2 Increase heat to medium-high heat and add chopped green beans into the same skillet or wok and season with salt, black pepper, and white pepper. Cook until tender, about 2-4 minutes, then add back in the garlic chips and drizzle on toasted sesame oil.

Stir fry green beans in a frying pan.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

For an added touch of presentation, consider sprinkling Toasted Sesame Seeds over the dish as a garnish.

Recipe Variations

Transform your green bean dish by adding bacon and Japanese-flavored yakitori sauce, creating an Asian Style Green Beans With Bacon variation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve your green beans alongside Garlic Chicken Stir Fry or Sweet Chili Chicken for a delicious protein-packed meal. Enhance the dining experience with delicate soups like Egg Drop Soup or Chinese Shrimp Egg Drop Soup. Additionally, consider pairing it with light fried rice dishes such as Garlic Butter Vegetable Fried Rice for a complete and satisfying meal.

Asian style garlic green bean stir fry flavored with sesame oil being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frozen vs Fresh Green Beans

When it comes to choosing between frozen and fresh green beans, opt for fresh ones if you desire a crispy texture in your dish. Frozen green beans, once defrosted, tend to become soft, while fresh green beans retain their crispiness when cooked.

How do I know when the green beans are cooked perfectly?

Green beans are typically cooked perfectly after 2-4 minutes of cooking, but the best way to determine their tenderness is to taste them. Keep in mind that everyone has different preferences for the perfect level of tenderness.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it later?

Yes, you can prepare this recipe in advance and reheat it later. However, it's worth noting that the dish will serve best when it's fresh.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, transfer them into an airtight container and refrigerate promptly. Leftovers will stay fresh for 5-7 days when stored properly in the fridge.

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Asian style garlic green bean stir fry flavored with sesame oil served on a cast iron pan.

Garlic Sesame Green Bean Stir Fry

Discover the perfect Stir Fry Green Beans recipe, offering a delightful blend of tender green beans stir-fried to perfection. Ideal for a quick and healthy Asian-inspired side dish!
4.60 from 10 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: stir fry green beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 292kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for green bean stir fry.
  • Finley dice garlic and set aside.
    Chopped garlic.
  • Cut the ends off green beans and cut into 1/2 pieces.
    Green bean chopped.
  • In a large fry pan, add 1/2 tbsp neutral cooking oil along with diced garlic on medium heat. Cook until garlic lightly brown, about 1-2 minutes, and transfer to a holding plate.
    Garlic chips in a frying pan.
  • In the same large fry pan, add another 1/2 tbsp of neutral cooking oil on high heat. Once the oil is preheated, add cut green beans (be careful for the oil splatter). Sprinkle in salt, black pepper, and White Pepper and cook for 2-4 minutes or until done to liking while occasionally stirring.
    Green beans in a frying pan.
  • Once green beans are cooked to liking, add in Sesame Oil and garlic chips from step 4), mix well and transfer to serving plate.
    Stir fry green beans in a frying pan.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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