Thai Style Green Beans

Easy thai style green beansOver the weekend Elsie and I celebrated with our grandpa. It was his 85 birthday! For family lunches, usually my grandma will call each of a us a week or two ahead and ask us to bring a dish. She asked me if I'd bring green beans. I asked if she wanted my usual green bean casserole, but she said to try something different.

I think she was just looking for a little variety, since we have green bean casserole at lots of family meals for the holidays. I'm not sure if she was expecting something this different, but I know that many of my family members (including my grandparents) enjoy Thai food, so I figured why not? The result was this delicious, flavorful and super healthy side dish that got absolutely devoured at lunch on Sunday.Prepping green beansThai Style Green Beans, makes 5-6 servings (as a side dish). Adapted from here

3-4 lbs fresh green beans
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoon oil (I used canola)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
3 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/3 cup cilantroHow to blanch vegetablesFirst rinse and chop off the ends of the green beans. This is optional, as it's kind of a preference thing. You can leave the ends on if you like. Just make sure to remove any stems that might still be attached to your fresh green beans.

Blanche the beans in boiling salted water for 4-6 minutes. I like my green beans a little more cooked than the average, so feel free to blanche for only 2-3 minutes if you want to really preserve that green bean crunch. After blanching I strain my beans and allow them to just sit in the colander for few minutes while I prep other things. This will continue the cooking process. If you want to stop the cooking process then plunge your cooked green beans into a bowl of ice water.How to mince garlicNext peel and mince the garlic and ginger. In a small bowl or cup stir together the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and peanut butter. Set aside. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Cook the ginger and garlic until very fragrant but not browned, 2 minutes. Add the green beans and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Pour the sauce (the soy, peanut butter mix) over the green beans and toss to coat. Thai style green beansRemove from heat and garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro. Serve warm. Enjoy! xo. Emma

  • Thanks for posting this recipe! I did not follow it exactly because I did not have all the ingredients, so I’m not qualified to comment on the recipe as stated. However, I was inspired to use most of the ingredients and some substitutions, and I ended up with a flavor-packed, umami-laden dish that delighted both my husband and myself. Thank you!

  • Tonight will be my second time making these and they are delicious! I’m not a fan of peanut butter so I excluded it, but the sauce comes together without it anyway. This is definitely a keeper, yum!

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • This recipe worked great when I tried it with asparagus too. I skipped the blanching step but kept everything else the same. Yum!

  • looks delicious !! a nice way to eat a dish I find sometimes boring…

  • I love these post you publish!!
    Healthy but tasty food inspirations through beautiful pictures! 😉

  • Yum! I have everything to make this except the cilantro, so I think I’ll try it(sans cilantro) tonight. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  • Dearest Elsie and Emma,

    First of all, I love your blog!!
    You inspired me to start my own blog and this week I started it.

    These green beans make me wat to run to the kitchen and prepare them!!

    Love Roos

  • OMG that sounds soooo delicious and I love green beans and thai-food! I have to make that!

  • This looks amazing! What a wonderful looking, and seemingly easy side dish!

  • Looks delicious, Emma. I love green beans and being a vegan, you just gave me a new recipe to try out. Thanks Doll!

  • Yes! Trader Joe’s use to sell frozen spicy Thai beans and they were incredible…but I haven’t seen them in stores for a couple years. Yum!

  • This looks so good!! you always post the best recipes!!


  • Deliciousness! I love the thai flavors in this green bean salad. Something different apart from the usual casserole.

  • Green beans are so delicious raw but for some reason I always get stumped when cooking them…thanks for the great idea!

  • I’ve just cooked it and had some for dinner… and am trying reeeeeally hard not to finish the whole pot 🙂

  • mmm reminds me of the sauce I put over my sesame noodles delish! will try this thanks for the idea and recipe! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • These look so delicious Emma!

    I love green beans, cilantro and peanuts, so this is a must-try for me.

  • Yum! Now I will be debating in my head whether I should have this or chinese food for supper lol. This looks soo good!

  • This sounds absolutely delicious. This one is getting bookmarked for future yum making.

  • Anything topped with cilantro and peanuts is an automatic winner in my book! 🙂 This looks fabulous.

  • oh yumm!!! I’m seriously obsessed with green beans, as well as thai food…so these sound like perfection! thanks emma 🙂

  • YUM! I’m def making this, love peanut butter in anything!


  • One of my favorite Thai restaurants serves a green bean appetizer that is to die for. I’ve always been curious how they make it and I think this may be close. I can’t wait to try it out, thanks!

  • I’d never thought to make green beans with a thai influence. This looks like a great way to dress up a classic!

  • Mmm, green beans are my favorite veggie (legume? whatever.)! I’ll definitely try this out.

  • Sounds delicious and not too complicated:) Will have to try!

  • Yum! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare green beans and this looks super simple and delicious.


  • This is a perfect idea! I’m always on the look out for new ways of jazzing up green beans 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • These look so good.. may have to try for my mom’s birthday this weekend!!

    xo, Clare

  • good recipe! looks yummy!

  • Have you posted your “usual” green bean casserole before?
    That one sounds yummy. Will have to try.

  • Hmm, looks delicious! I’m going to try that recipe for sure!

  • These look so tasty! And they look like something I could whip up.

  • Oo, that is yummy. I am vegetarion so perfect recipe for me. I like it.

  • This is just what I’ve been craving for. Can’t wait to try it out!!

  • I really want to make Thai noodles soon, this recipe is a great inspiration!

  • I love Thai food! What a good idea, that looks so good. I love green bean casserole, but a healthy version of green beans sounds great too!

  • This looks like a “keeper” recipe.

  • Yum! I am trying this! I know my husband will love it.

  • I’m not a string bean fan but this looks so delicious! Thanks for the suggestion.


  • Yay! Thank you for this! My husband and I honeymooned in Thailand last June and I’ve been missing it so lately! This dish will definitely bring us back 🙂

  • such an easy and delicious recipe, i can’t wait to try it!


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