Szechuan (Sichuan) Green Beans

Szechuan Green Beans are the perfect accompaniment to your next Indo-Chinese meal. The tender, yet crisp green beans are coated in a zesty sauce and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Most restaurants that serve this flavorful stir fry tend to deep fry the green beans. Try this delicious and easy recipe that is made without frying!!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Serves: 4


Green Beans – 1 lb (500 gms)
Oil – 1 tbsp

For Sauce:
Sesame Oil – 1 Tbsp
Ginger – 1 Tbsp, minced
Garlic – 1 Tbsp, minced
Scallion – 1 (white part) finely chopped
Chili Sauce – 1 Tbsp or to taste
White Vinegar – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Soy Sauce – 3 Tbsp or to taste
Corn Starch – 1 tsp
Water – 2 Tbsp
Toasted Sesame Seeds – 1 Tbsp


1. Heat Oil in a pan on medium heat.
2. Add Green Beans and cook uncover until tender and slightly caramelized (approx 20 mins). Stir often.
3. Remove Green Beans from the pan and keep aside.
4. In the same pan, add Sesame Oil and heat.
5. Add Ginger, Garlic and Scallions. Cook for a minute.
6. Add Chili Sauce, Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Sugar and the Corn Starch mixed with Water.
7. Cook until the sauce thickens (a minute or so).
8. Add back the Green Beans and toss to completely coat.
9. Sprinkle Toasted Sesame Seeds and mix.
10. Serve hot.

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34 thoughts on “Szechuan (Sichuan) Green Beans

  1. So delish! Thank you. I am going to try to make it with chicken too. The sauce is fabulous. For me a tad spicy but I devoured it. I had it cold for a few days. It is so easy to make with easily available ingredients. Glad I found this terrific website and such terrific chefs.

  2. We love this recipe! My husband found it one youtube when searching for some tasty green beans. This is one of his best dishes and a regular in our home! Mmm…it’s cooking right now!

  3. I just made this recipe with a bag of leftover green beans. My only alteration is adding 2 tsp of Chili Sauce instead of 1 TBsp and no scallions since I didn’t have any on hand. It is delicious with a side of brown rice!

    1. Hi Manisha,

      We have not tried it, but we use oil because traditionally, these green beans are deep fried. The oil will give some of that fried flavor. If you don’t have sesame oil, you can use regular oil.

  4. Hi Ladies, thanks so much for this recipe, it’s become a family favourite. I really appreciate this is a delicious recipe for an inexpensive ingredient available all year round. I servied it at a dinner party and got lots of compliments. Merci beaucoup! Bedankt!

  5. Oh my dear ladies…

    Its me again ๐Ÿ™‚ I tried this recipe with fresh green chowli/chawli and it tasted awesome. It took same cooking time as green beans ( 20-25 mins on Med to Med low). I added more garlic for my family taste buds and it turned out heavenly.

    Thanks once again. You ladies should write a book. Definitely an inspiration for all of us ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care & enjoy the summer..

  6. hi ppl…

    i tried this dish today !
    totally out of the world !

    recommended for kids who hate beans … ๐Ÿ™‚
    they might just dig into this …yummy !

    thanks hetal ๐Ÿ™‚




    1. We thought “Show Me The Curry” was a perfect name because it exemplifies exactly what we do. We “show” (through videos) how to make “curry” (Indian cuisine).

  8. Hi Hetal/Anuja,
    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. Your website is my first stop is the morning !!
    Had a q on green beans. I have eaten greens beans at some of the chinese restaurants and they are so crisp. How can we get the same ? I asked them but they say they do not fry them. My green beans never turn out that crisp when I saute them.

    – Deepti

  9. Hi Hetal & Anuja

    Your videos are so tempting..keep up the good work…Everyday,I try each of the veggie dishes and they come out super delicious..

    I am gonna try the szechuan beans today evening..well does the same recipe also apply to Szechuan Rice as well.

  10. hi hetal & anuja,

    Great reciepe ! Thank you so much ! but I dont know what is ” scallion ” ?

    pls. let me know..
    thank you

    1. Hi Caroline,

      Though we have never tried this particular sauce with shrimp or chicken, it will definitely work. It is pretty much a basic sauce. Please let us know if you try it and how it comes out.

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