Jalapeno Green Bean Stir Fry

When you think of green beans, what comes to mind?

I think of mushy, grayish canned food that triggers old memories of grade school lunch. They were never a favorite of mine growing up, but my evolved palate (humor me) has me craving and wanting these delicious long beans. Imagine my joy when I went to the Farmer’s Market and saw that they were on sale for $1 a bag! I grabbed two along with other deals they had and went home a happy girl.

The hard decision was if I should prepare them with a fresh touch (lemon and garlic) or more hearty and flavorful. I drew inspiration from Mission Chinese. As a group, we really loved the flavor the jalapeño brought to the dish so I thought it would be a nice add-on for this week’s recipe.

Jalapeño Green Bean Stir Fry

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4-1 Lb Green Beans
  • 1 Medium Jalapeño or 2 Small Ones
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • Small Handful of Peanuts (20~)
  • 2 Tbs Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Seasame Oil
  • 1 Tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Peanut Oil (not pictured)
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar (not pictured)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 Cup Water

TO PREP

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1. Wash the green beans well and pinch/cut off both sides of the ends. Chop them in half so they are all equally about 2-3 inches long.

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2. Cut the jalapeño in half and into very thin slivers. Dice the garlic and crush the peanuts either by hand or with a food processor/blender.

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3. Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and 1/2 tsp of sugar in a small bowl.

TO COOK

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4. Heat up the pan on high and pour in the peanut oil. Let it get hot and drop the garlic and green beans in immediately. Pour the 1/4 cup of water and cover for 2-3 minutes.

5. Stir the green beans frequently and then pour in the sauce you prepared earlier. Taste them periodically, they should still be crisp but a little soft on the inside. Salt and pepper to taste.

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6. While the green beans are cooking, toast up the crushed peanuts on medium low until thy are nice and toasty.

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7. Garnish with peanuts.

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You can put the green beans in a pasta or eat it with Mapo Tofu. I chose to grill a piece of chicken and marinade it with similar flavors as the green beans.

So delicious and the jalapeño adds a great kick to a dish that’s normally more toned down.

To keep you bloggers on your toes, I want to show you what I had for desert. I know each and every one of you are obsessed with Froyo and I find myself craving it more and more.

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What flavors do you usually get? Tart froyo is my favorite but I was tempted to try the Mango Lassi. Unfortunately, once I love something I have to keep ordering it.

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Raspberry tart with crushed peanuts, graham crackers, oreos, raspberries and strawberries. So bomb.

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What’s your favorite summer veggie? Frozen yogurt or old fashion ice cream?

PS: I know being fashionably late is acceptable, but I pretty much arrived at the end of the party. I just joined Twitter! Follow me so I can read everyone’s stuff!

23 thoughts on “Jalapeno Green Bean Stir Fry

  1. I like anything I can make into chips :) zucchini, kale, beets, and the like.

    I’m doing this. I love green beans, but never venture further than the olive oil-salt-pepper combo.

  2. omg- i kinda think we’re psychic- i JUST did the same thing over the weekend with green beans- and i HAD a jalepeno IN MY HAND but i put it back opting instead to make straight up garlic grean beans because i couldnt think of a good recipe off the top of my head- I’m going to have to go back to the store now to get these ingredients! i LOVE green beans! ha i just got so excited :)

  3. These green beans look delicious! I’ve never thought to jalapeno in with them. I’ll have to try it out soon!

    I think I would have ordered the cake batter flavor, or at least I would have tried a sample! My favorite is cookies and cream and mint with chopped almonds.

  4. green beans are awesome! Love your easy recipe. I usually make them with indian spices and potatoes. The beans bring a nice sweetness to it.

    I’m trying so hard to kick the fro-yo habit! I overdid it this summer thanks to a 2 year old!

    My absolutely favorite at our current fro-yo place is salted caramel and pistachio flavors. I dont get any of the tart ones – I’m a creamy fro yo person.

    A friend of mine has a rule – no froyo after labor day – I’m trying to adopt that rule too! lets see if I can do it.

  5. I never thought out putting jalapenos together with green beans but I love green beans and jalapenos so seems like a match made in heaven! I looooooove fro you but let’s face it, if you could erase fat, calories and all the other “bad” things, ice cream is the way to go! :)

  6. Yum, that green bean recipe would be the perfect vehicle for a piece of simply grilled protein! Anything with jalepenos is always a plus in my book- I once went through half a jar over 2 days..added it to anything and everything!

  7. Those green beans look like perfection! I’m a big fan of green beans (definitely not the kind you referred to from a can!!) and I can’t really cook them properly lately. I seared them once and they burnt. I baked them once and they were floppy and weird. Ha! My favorite summer veggie (year round veggie for me) is lettuce. I don’t care about anything other than salads. :) YES everyone loves fro yo in the blog world and it is totally addicting… :) Be careful!

  8. I love your combination of peanuts with these beans!
    Do I have to pick just one veggie? I love them all – specially love squash (all kinds) … and I so adore fro yo – In order for me to preserve my environment, i need to stay away from ice cream (am lactose intolerant) :)

  9. Those green beans look like the bomb! I like the kick of jalapeno idea. And I’m also a fro-yo fan, although more two years ago. Still, I do love getting Fraiche and Pinkberry but I usually end up favoring the original tart flavor. But where’s this Easy Breezy? Looks so cute. And I really want to try the mango lassi!

    • It’s in Noe Valley on 24th! I don’t know if Fro-yo deserves a whole trip into another district, but if you’re ever in the area you should definitely check it out. :)

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