chili green beans

Chili Garlic String Beans

Squeaky-crisp steamed beans in a spicy sauce.


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh string beans, a mix of green, yellow and purple
  • 1/3 cup chili garlic sauce (try Lee Kum Kee brand)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (preferably tamari soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


Bring 5 or 6 cups of water to a boil in large saucepan. While waiting for the water to boil, trim ends off green beans. Place beans in a colander or steamer basket. Place colander over the boiling water and cover with a lid, or place steamer basket in steamer and cover. Steam beans for 2 to 4 minutes, or until crisp tender. Meanwhile, mix together chili garlic sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Toss sauce with steamed beans in a bowl and serve hot or at room temperature. Serves 12. Note: purple beans will begin to green as they cook.