These Stir-Fry Green Beans are perfect for everyday meals and take just five minutes to cook. A little sweet, a little salty, these green beans are very kid friendly.
I try to mix things up on a daily basis by serving different vegetables each night. This approach has not only expanded the number of vegetables that my kids eat, but it has also allowed me more flexibility in how I prepare them, e.g., roasting, grilling, steaming, or stir-frying.
I’ve made these Stir-Fry Green Beans numerous times over the years. They are so easy to make – there are just three ingredients in this recipe, and it only takes five minutes to cook. To make things even easier and faster, you can buy pre-trimmed hericot vert green beans like I did (hericot verts are the skinny green beans you see at the supermarket).
Here’s a quick video I made to show you how to stir-fry green beans.
I’ve started making some short cooking videos to go along with some of my recipes because I think it’s easier for people to see how something is actually made rather than just reading the directions. I’m trying to keep these videos short (2-4 minutes) so you can get cooking. The idea is to read through my recipe and watch the video. I hope this makes it easier for you to try more of my recipes.
I’d love to hear if you think these videos are helpful or what I can do to improve them (I realized after I took this video that my phone was vertical, not horizontal – lesson learned!). I’m still learning, so hopefully, the quality will continue to improve. Please let me know what other recipes you would like me to demo on video.
Quick and Easy Chinese Stir-Fry Green Beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound haricot verts thin green beans, trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon organic sugar
- 2 teaspoons low sodium gluten-free soy sauce or 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup water
Heat oil in wok over medium heat. Add beans and stir-fry 2-3 minutes. Add sugar, soy sauce and water; toss well; cover and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until beans are just tender but still a little crisp.
This method of stir-frying can be used with just about any vegetables.
1 Freestyle point/serving
If you like this Stir-Fry Green Bean recipe, you might also like:
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
I love a good crisp, salty green bean and your stir-fry spin on them is perfect! Can’t wait to grab a big bagful and give this a whirl!
Thanks Georgia – stir frying green beans is so easy and quick – hope you have a chance to try!
Jane Bonacci, The Heritage Cook says
Hey Jeanette, these look absolutely fantastic! I love green beans and your version is mouthwatering – can’t wait to make them!!
Thanks Jane! The seasoning in this dish is so simple – enjoy!
napa farmhouse 1885/diane says
these look delicious jeanette! love your idea of adding instructional videos….
Thanks Diane – I hope you find the videos helpful…it’s been fun learning how to make them.
green beans are my favorite!! will have to stir fry next time 🙂 xo
Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily says
Perfect spring recipe. It’s to hot already here in Phoenix to keep the dove on for long. 😉
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Love the video, and this recipe looks wonderfully quick and easy.
Thanks Phoebe, Gwen and Lydia – stir frying vegetables is my go-to when I’m in a hurry.
I really like that you demonstrated the recipe on video. It makes it so much easier to learn. Since you asked, I would be most interested in seeing a fried rice recipe demonstrated. Somehow, it’s always hit or miss for me, I think I am missing out on something. Just a thought. Thanks for the post and video.
Thanks for the video on how to do this Jeanette – they look delicious, definitely having them for dinner tonight 🙂
My boyfriend loves green beans and I’m pretty sure I don’t make them enough for his liking. Have to try these!
Sergio Anacleto says
So very simple and yet healthy and tasty, and indeed can go with anything. Thanks for the great video too, Jeanette.
This sounds great. I am all about fast fresh food, especially vegetables, because I work full time and dinner has to be quick and easy. Green beans are one of the few vegetables that my kids actually eat. This will be a nice change.
Thanks Christine – stir frying is a great way to cook almost any vegetable.
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says
These green beans look so green and crisp! Great video tutorial too! 🙂
Kim - Liv Life says
I was just commenting on Diethood how much we like green beans! It’s the one veggie everyone loves. We make them similar to you, only I haven’t used the soy. and we also add garlic!
Thanks Jeanette for the simple green bean recipe. Have a great day!
Thanks Liz – enjoy!
Love the video demonstration! These stir-fry green beans look so mouthwatering. I’m going to try this for dinner. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Paul – this is really easy. Hope you like it!
Evan Jo says
I cooked the haricots verts per the recipe but they were squeaky. I continued to cook them, thinking they were not done. After about 15 minutes I served them, even though they were still squeaky and not soft, because everything else was ready. I’ve had this problem with green beans before. What am I doing wrong?
Hi Lynn – to be honest I don’t know what causes squeaky beans. Maybe it’s the variety?