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Garlic and Miso Green Beans

Servings 4


  • 12 ounces fresh green beans
  • 5 garlic cloves or more if you really love garlic
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds optional


  1. Rinse and remove any stems from the green beans. You don't have to remove the tips, just the stems.
  2. Heat enough water to fully submerge the beans in a large pot over high heat. Once the water begins to boil, add the beans and cook for 3-5 minutes until they are bright green. Drain the beans from the water.
  3. In a glass or small bowl, stir together the soy sauce and miso paste.
  4. In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium/high heat. Cook the beans for about 3 minutes, until some of them begin to blister. Add the garlic, and cook another 2 minutes. Pour the soy and miso mixture over all the beans, and cook for an additional minute.
  5. Pretty quick cooking time, huh? You can cook these a bit longer depending on what type of texture you prefer. These are pretty cooked through, but still taste fresh. I'm not a major fan of mushy green beans, so this is how I prefer it, but you do your thing. Remove to a plate and top with sesame seeds, if using. Serve warm.