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Chili Garlic Green Beans

Chili Garlic Green Beans Recipe

Chili Garlic Green Beans
You know those people who go around saying that they have no regrets in life? I’m pretty sure those people are liars. You don’t regret that perm you got in 3rd grade from Fantastic Sam’s? Or the giant red glasses you picked out when you were 10 because you loved Sally Jessy Raphael that much?

Okay fine, that was me, not you.

But anyway! We all have regrets, but hopefully they’re of the bad perm and red glasses variety, and not of the I’m-$40K-in-debt-for-a-degree-I-don’t-use variety. (Ha ha, that would be me too. Think long and hard about that liberal arts degree, kids. It sounds cool now, but you’re probably going to end up blogging about tempeh in 10 years.) And as summer comes to an end, I feel a lot of regret over not posting more bean recipes…

Green Beans
Beans! I’m sorry for neglecting you! And the funny thing is, we ate lots of beans this summer, thanks to my abundant long bean crop, but most of the time I just threw something together rather than making an actual recipe. At first, I tried a lot of different things, but then I settled on either roasting or sautΓ©ing them with chili garlic sauce. It didn’t occur to me to post the recipe here because it’s so simple and easy, but then I thought “Aha! People will love it because it’s simple and easy!” And since you probably don’t have an abundant long bean crop (or any long bean crop), I decided to use green beans instead.

Chili Garlic Green Beans
Not only are Chili Garlic Green Beans incredibly easy to make, they’re also my favorite green bean recipe at the moment. They are the official green beans of Summer 2013. With the spicy chili garlic sauce and a splash of fresh lime juice, they’re so tasty I could even eat them as a snack. And did I mention they take about 15 minutes to make from start to finish? 15 minutes! You can’t not make these beans.

(Well, you could not make them, but I think you’d regret it.)

Chili Garlic Green Beans Recipe

Chili Garlic Green Beans

Roasted green beans tossed with chili garlic sauce and fresh lime juice.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425ΒΊF.
  • Place the green beans in a large bowl and toss them with the olive oil and chili garlic sauce. Transfer the beans to a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time, or until beans are tender and just starting to brown. Stir in the lime juice and season with salt to taste.

Notes

Chili garlic sauce is sold in the international aisle at most grocery stores. If you don't have light olive oil on hand, any neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point will work. Light olive oil is not the same as extra-virgin olive oil!
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63 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennie @themessybakerblog
    August 29, 2013 at 8:11 am

    He he! I, too, have a liberal arts degree. I just graduated with my Bachelor’s in English. Twenty eight thousand dollars later, I’m smart. I’m glad I’m now officially smart, but I’m hoping I can actually find a job. If not, I’ll be blogging full time.

    I’m somewhat addicted to green beans. Like, I can eat an entire pot by myself. I can’t wait to try and eat every last bean.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Good luck! My husband has a degree in sociology and now he works in pharmaceuticals, so you never know where you’ll end up. πŸ™‚ Or maybe you’ll be blogging full-time which isn’t that bad either!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    August 29, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Girl, you crack me up! There was this one store like Claire’s Boutique that I got all of my favorite jewelry and of course the fake glasses. I didn’t go SJR or Carol Seaver but actually somewhat similar to the ones I wear now. I was ahead of my time. Maybe it’s why I’m partial to glasses because it reminds me of the good old days when I wanted to look smarters instead of getting old lady eyes when reading the cable guide.

    Beans. Snapping those babies are like cheap therapy!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      I remember fake glasses! Do they still sell those? I bet they do. Now I only wear glasses first thing in the morning, then I switch to contacts. Sometimes I miss them though…

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    You make green beans GORGEOUS! Nice work πŸ™‚

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    Cassie
    August 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

    These totally remind me of my favorite side from a really good Chinese restaurant in KC…sometimes I would get the green beans for my entree! Love these, Kiersten!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      I have done that at Chinese restaurants too! πŸ™‚

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    Archana @ FeedingtheFoodie
    August 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    what a great recipe ! I love green beans but I dont cook them enough – I’m lazy about cleaning them. Big fan of easy recipes and this is certainly one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Yeah, it’s a pain to prep them, especially the trimming. But they’re worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    August 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

    i am just the opposite when it comes to beans – i never buy it because i dont know what to do with it. thanks for sharing this

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Even if you just roast them and squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on them, they’re so good!

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    August 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I love green beans but we normally end up going down the tomato route when we cook them so I’m excited to change it up a little with this recipe!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      I rarely make my beans with tomatoes, but I just found a recipe for it that I really want to make soon. So I will have to change things up too! πŸ™‚

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    Emma
    August 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Yum! I just roasted green beans for the first time last night using Dreena Burton’s lemon broiled beans recipe and will have to try these spiced up ones now too πŸ™‚ Is sriracha the same as chili-garlic sauce?
    I studied languages at uni and am just about to start a masters in translation. Part of me thinks I’m wasting money though and I might actually prefer a career in food….!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Chili garlic sauce is kind of like sriracha, except that it’s not pureed smooth–it’s chunky. πŸ™‚ It’s usually sold right next to the sriracha though! I think translation is definitely a useful degree. I have two friends who are translators!

  • Reply
    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    August 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Roasted beans rock! I recently whipped up a similar recipe for my (bean hating) family and they loved them!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      They are so good when they’re roasted, right? I never want to prepare them any other way!

  • Reply
    Shirley
    August 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Everybody loves 15-minute recipes! And I’ve been wanting to make green beans. I might be a new convert but I’m not sure yet, and this sounds really good. I have to tell you, I *wanted* a perm in the ’80s! All that big hair, and the spiral curls everybody on TV had. My mother forbade me from ever getting one, saying it would damage my hair. I guess she saved me from that regret. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      My perm was terrible. It was the first perm the guy at Fantastic Sam’s ever did and one side was super curly and the other side was almost straight. I think I tried a home perm kit later and the results were similarly disastrous. I still remember the smell of the chemicals…

  • Reply
    Liz
    August 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    “Or the giant red glasses you picked out when you were 10 because you loved Sally Jessy Raphael that much?”

    Ah, the Sally Jesse Raphael Show. So entertaining and gone much too soon. . .

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Didn’t Ricki Lake start doing a talk show again? Why not Sally?! This needs to happen!

  • Reply
    Caitlin
    August 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    yes! i love the simple recipes! keep ’em coming!

    i hear you about regret. i don’t dwell on things in the past, but i do think on occasion things like, “if i knew then what i know now, i definitely would NOT have gotten my degree in art history.” could there be a more competitive field?! i was so naive to think i could just apply and get into any art museum position once i graduated, but reality really bit me in the ass. haha.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Ugh, yes. I got my master’s degree in a really competitive field, so I know how that is. I have friends who graduated 3-4 years ago who still don’t have jobs. And I was laid off last summer & had absolutely no job prospects. When I was in school, I totally mocked people who majored in business, but they were the smart ones!

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    Emily @ Jelly Toast
    August 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I forgot about the glasses, lol! My sister was the lucky ones with the red glasses, because, alas – I didn’t need glasses until high school. Although I was jealous. I love simple recipes and I, too struggle with posting them. I get into the rut that every recipe that gets blogged needs to be Earth shattering. In reality, it’s these recipes that I make most often and love the most! Thank you for sharing these beans! They look perfect!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Ha! When I was a kid, I wanted glasses sooooo badly and when I finally needed to get them, I was thrilled about it. I don’t know what I was thinking. And yeah, the simple recipe thing: I often feel like people will be like “meh” when I post something simple, but a lot of those really simple recipes end up being my most popular. (And sometimes they’re complete flops too. The joys of blogging, right?)

  • Reply
    Emily
    August 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    These look delicious – I love green beans but tire of eating them the same way day after day. Thanks for the new idea!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Yeah, I get in a rut with green beans sometimes too. But adding hot sauce makes everything better!

  • Reply
    honeywhatscooking
    August 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    oooh, yum, such a great recipe and so easy.

  • Reply
    Ronnie Fein
    August 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    My mother-in-law used to say people who have no regrets must be cows because they aren’t thinking, just lazily grazing on grass. I have lots of regrets but nothing I can’t live with, even my liberal arts degree. I can still say that Art History was my favorite subject — without regret. Also, the green beans look awesome.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Ha! Your mother-in-law is a smart woman. I really loved the classes I took in school, but I cringe to think about how much I owe for a degree I’m not using. I should have majored in business and taken a few history electives instead. πŸ˜‰

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Food that made from your own garden produce must taste particularly delicious!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Yes, homegrown definitely always tastes better!

  • Reply
    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    August 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Golly I’ve only made beans a couple times this summer and I’ve only had corn twice! What’s wrong with me! I need more hours in the day to eat more summer produce! These beans look and sound so good! Need to make this, like now!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I know, every September, I go into freak out mode because I feel like I haven’t eaten enough corn. Is that weird?

  • Reply
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
    August 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    What a great way to “amp” up those green beans that I just love!!!

  • Reply
    Mandy
    August 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Stupid question from a non-cook (I try, but I always fail. Always): is chili garlic sauce something you whip up yourself or do you buy it jarred? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      You buy it in a jar–if your grocery store has an international aisle or Asian section, it will be in there. πŸ™‚ I live in a smallish town and our grocery store sells several different brands, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find it!

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    Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie
    August 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Considering we’re only just heading into Spring down in the land of Oz I’m just starting to get excited about the return of spring and summer produce! I love beans and these look delicious (and simple, my kinda dish!)

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I wish I could say the same for fall veggies, but nope, I’m definitely going to miss the summer produce. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Scotia
    August 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Great recipe. We have loads of green beans also. I’ve been making several recipes with the long beans, blue lakes, and romas. Our Danish white limas are drying on the vine and will be great this winter!
    A good one is Grace Young’s stir-fry veg recipe. Stir-fry the beans in a little hot peanut oil with some minced garlic and ginger, and when they are just done add a sauce of 2 tablespoons dry sherry or Shao Hsing rice wine, 1 tablespoon chicken broth, 2 teaspoons soy sauce. Toss and add a splash of good fish sauce at the end.
    Another recipe is Jamie Oliver’s good ole green bean salad. I love this recipe! Or how about a lightly roasted green bean and roasted until slightly golden new potato salad with a dressing of dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic (roasted or not), salt & black pepper, good olive oil, crushed red pepper to taste and some fresh chives.
    Cheers!

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      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Ah, I tried to let some of my beans dry on the vine, but that hasn’t been working out too well. We’ve got fire ants in our yard and they like to hang out on the bean plants. :/ Thanks for the recipe ideas!

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    Scotia
    August 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    P. S. The soy sauce I use is vegetarian and is very good to use for cooking or for dipping sauces. I never have figured out what the name of this is, it has “Chay” on the label but that is vegetable in Vietnamese, it is a green label with a chef in the white coat and chef hat on the front. I know you do not eat meat, but the fish sauce is a very good aged one called Red Boat. It is delicious.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I’ll have to look for the soy sauce next time I’m at the Asian market!

  • Reply
    Aaron
    August 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Your Sally Jessie comment had me cracking up!! And as a young boy, who really wanted to rock some big red glasses a la SJ, I really appreciate it!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      High fives! 10-year-old me would have loved hanging out with you.

  • Reply
    mjskit
    August 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Oh I am definitely one that regrets all those perm years! I wish I had a source of good green beans because I would be making these tomorrow night. I love green beans and garlic and chile sound like perfect complements!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Yeah, nice, fresh green beans are a must! I always try to buy them local because if I don’t, they seem to go south really quickly.

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