Szechuan-Style Green Beans

This dish is amazing. Yes, you can serve it as an awesome side. But I am telling you this dish could stand up to being a meal in itself. Seriously, it is that good and flavorful. Even better, it’s easy and quick! Yay! The original version can be found in Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, It’s All Easy; which I am loving btw… It’s makes healthy eating fun! A couple of the ingredients might not sound familiar, so here’s a quick note: you could probably replace the tamari with soy sauce and the sambal oelek with a chili paste (such as Thai). Enjoy!


As organic as possible:


2 tsp minced fresh Ginger

2 tsp Sambal Oelek

1 Tbsp Tamari

1 tsp toasted Sesame oil

1 1/2 tsp Maple syrup

1/2 pound Green Beans

3 Tbsp Olive or Peanut oil

Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the green beans.

In a small bowl, combine the ginger, sambal oelek, tamari, sesame oil, and maple syrup to make the sauce.

Add the green beans to the boiling water and cook just until the water comes back to a boil, about 3 minutes; drain well and dry on a kitchen towel.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan or wok over high heat. When the oil is very hot but not smoking, add the green beans and cook until sizzling and beginning to blister, about 3 minutes. Add the sauce, turn off the heat, and let sit for 2 minutes before serving. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.


  1. What?! I have hundreds of recipes with sambal oelek lol seriously though, these look delicious…adding green beans to my grocery list!

  2. I’ve just flicked through GP’s book in the bookstore. I didn’t buy it but this is enough to convince me I have made a serious error which must be adjusted swiftly. This looks absolutely adorable. As does your blog which I have found courtesy of Terry @Spearfruit 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! And thank you Terry 🙂 I have to say that I really haven’t enjoyed a cookbook from beginning to end this much in a while. Soon I will be featuring her Beet Chips with Cilantro Hummus. But I’ve made a few more of her dishes (such as the Turkey Meatloaf and Wheat Pita Pizzas) which were really great. It’s a good buy! 😉

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