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



  • 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



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.


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.


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



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.


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



7. Garnish with peanuts.


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.


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.


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


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. Ooh, yum! This stir-fry looks amazing! I would say my favorite summer veggie is kale – I have it all the time and am surprised I’m not kale-d out yet 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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! 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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) 🙂

  10. 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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