Thai Sweet Chili Green Beans will rock your vegetable world! You’ll love this quick and easy way to enjoy green beans that’s a little spicy and a whole lot delicious!
These gorgeous green beans were lovingly grown by my husband, David.
Before I became a personal chef and began adding other food-related jobs to my life such as writing a newspaper column and now food blogging, I used to be more involved in the hard work it takes to grow a garden.
Now my involvement is pretty much limited to creating and cooking with the ultra-fresh produce he brings in the back door. Rough….I know….but someone’s gotta do it.
It’s not easy growing a garden in the South without a massive amount of chemicals because of all the insects. I like my food as clean as possible, thank you!
However, green beans are one vegetable that grows well here and we always have a bumper crop. Therefore, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare green beans.
As a kid, I was crazy about canned green beans. Thankfully I grew out of the mushy canned green bean stage and now love them crispy and with some life left in them. This recipe will keep them nice and crisp but if you like your green beans a little softer, just cook them a little longer.
Here is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them now–Thai Sweet Chili Green Beans. This recipe is quick and makes a nice accompaniment to Thai-inspired dishes when you want to do something different besides rice or noodles.
Tips for trimming green beans:
I’ve tried numerous ways to speed up the process of trimming the stem ends from beans. Honestly, there is no quick and easy way. It’s really only the stem end that needs to be trimmed off. The tip end is tender and perfect fine to eat.
- Do them one by one and just enjoy the zen of it.
- Line several of them up on a cutting board and cut the ends. I find it time-consuming to line up those beans, then grab the knife and cut but it works.
- Grab two or three at a time and break the stem end off with your other hand.
- Grab two or three from your pile where you see stems together and snip them with kitchen shears.
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Helpful tools and equipment to make Thai Sweet Chili Green Beans (Affiliate Links):
- 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 pounds green, ends trimmed
- 1/3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- salt, to taste
- In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook garlic 30 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Add green beans and cook, stirring often or until beans are beginning to brown.
- Add broth and soy sauce. Cover and let cook 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
- Add sweet chili sauce, crushed red pepper flakes and salt to taste.
- Heat through. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.
Prep time depends upon whether you need to trim the stem end from the beans. It generally takes me about 10-15 minutes to do 2 pounds.
Amount Per Serving Calories 78 Total Fat 2g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 1mg Sodium 551mg Carbohydrates 13g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 12g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 1g