Level: Medium

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8

2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
Bowl of ice water

1. Boil a large pot of salted water.
2. When boiling, add green beans until crisp-tender, about 2 or 3 minutes.
3. Immediately transfer to the bowl of ice water to stop the green beans from cooking further.
       *By the way, this process is called “blanching”

Photo by Mary McGrath

4. Remove green beans from bowl of ice water and transfer to strainer to allow them to drain.

5. In a large pan over medium-high heat, add canola oil and butter.
6. When butter is melted, add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
7. Add green beans, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and black pepper. Saute until sauce reduces slightly and thoroughly coats green beans
    *Make sure not to overcook green beans! You want them to retain their crunchiness.

Photo by Mary McGrath

Photo by Mary McGrath

8. Eat up!

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