Sesame String Beans

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sesame-green-beans-trans Adapted from via Rachel Ray

1 pound string beans (3–4 cups), washed and trimmed
1 tablespoon wok or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, several drops or a drizzle
1/4–1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (a handful)
Coarse salt to taste


  • Steam green beans covered in 1/2-inch boiling water for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer beans to a colander and run under cold water. Drain well.
  • Heat a wok or large nonstick frying pan over high heat.
  • Add wok or vegetable oil, and rotate pan once to coat.
  • Add several drops sesame oil and crushed pepper flakes. The pan will smoke.
  • Add beans and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add sesame seeds and coarse salt and toss to coat beans evenly. Remove from heat and serve.

Serves 3–4. Prep time, 5 minutes; cook time, 5–10 minutes.

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