Sesame Balsamic Green Beans

Sesame Balsamic Green Beans

This dish tastes best when using young green beans. Remove the stem but leave the tail for a more natural, freshly-picked look. Pairs well with steamed rice and an Asian-style beef, chicken or tofu.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: Fresh, Vegan, Vegetables
Author: Jamie Aquino


  • Saute Pan
  • Pot
  • Steamer Basket


  • 2 lbs fresh green beans washed and stemmed
  • 2 Tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 6 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp raw cane sugar honey and agave nectar make great substitutes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic sliced thin
  • sesame seeds and red pepper flakes to taste


  • On the stove, heat a pot of water and steam green beans until slightly undercooked, 8 to 9 minutes.
  • While the beans are cooking, stir together the remaining ingredients and set aside.
  • Once the green beans are bright green and al dente, remove from heat and drain in a colander.
  • Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sauce and cook until it starts to bubble and thicken.
  • Remove from heat, add green beans and stir to coat.
  • Serve hot topped with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.