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Sauteed Green Beans with Ginger and Caramelized Onions

Sauteed green beans are stir fried in an Asian-inspired sauce of ginger, garlic and sesame oil for an easy, flavorful, and healthy side dish.
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 193kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed
  • 6 thin ginger slices
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Sesame seeds optional


  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add green beans and boil for three minutes. Immediate plunge beans into cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok. Once hot, add onions. Sprinkle with a little salt to their draw out juice. Sauté until onions until they start to soften, about five minutes. Once the onions are soft and translucent, sprinkle them with a little bit of sugar. Continue to sauté until onions are very soft and start to brown, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Once the onions are brown and jammy looking, deglaze the pan with the broth. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, sautéing until green beans are tender and heated through.
  • Pour green beans and any remaining sauce in a serving dish. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 565mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 18.5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.5mg