Chinese Style Fried Snake Beans with Garlic

Delicious Chinese style fried snake beans with garlic. Blistered and sweet, these long beans are seasoned with soy sauce and garlic for a quick and easy side dish.  Loving these Chinese Style Fried Snake Beans with Garlic! Perfectly blistered and bursting with flavour. A must-try for your next meal! #ChineseCuisine #SnakeBeans #QuickRecipes

Have you ever seen Chinese long beans? These versatile vegetables, also known as snake beans, string beans, long beans, or long podded cowpeas, are a staple in many Asian kitchens. Although they resemble American green beans, Chinese long beans are a different species, typically growing about 1 ½ feet long. They have a denser texture, and I find their flavour to be sweeter and nuttier.

One of my favourite ways to cook green beans is to fry them until their outer skin blisters and they become irresistibly sweet. Snake beans are no exception; they can be fried in batches until they develop a lovely, blistered texture. Adding slivers of garlic to the mix enhances their flavour, creating a simple yet delightful dish that’s perfect for busy weekdays.

When preparing this dish, I like to keep the beans long, letting them snake around the plate for an appealing presentation. However, I trim them to manageable lengths for the cooking process.

Here’s how you can make this quick and easy stir-fried garlic Chinese long beans recipe at home:

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Chinese Style Fried Snake Beans with Garlic

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Delicious Chinese style fried snake beans with garlic. Blistered and sweet, these long beans are seasoned with soy sauce and garlic for a quick and easy side dish.


Ingredients

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  • 1 bunch sting beans (sliced into 2-inch segments)
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

  1. Heat a generous amount of vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the thinly sliced garlic to the hot oil. Stir-fry until the garlic starts to turn golden brown and releases its aroma. Be careful not to burn the garlic as it cooks quickly. Remove garlic from wok then set it aside.
  3. Bring heat to high then add the sliced long beans to the wok. Stir-fry the beans until their outer skin blisters and they are tender yet slightly crisp. This should take about 5 minutes. Ensure to stir the beans frequently to avoid burning.
  4. Once the beans are cooked, add soy sauce and salt to taste. Toss everything together until the beans are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  5. Transfer the stir-fried garlic long beans to a serving dish then serve.

This dish is not only a feast for the eyes but also a delicious addition to any meal. The blistered snake beans paired with the aromatic garlic create a flavourful side dish that’s hard to resist. Perfect with steamed rice or as a side to your favourite protein, these Chinese style fried snake beans with garlic will surely become a staple in your kitchen.

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6 Responses

  1. The snake beans taste so much better than standard green beans. Love them! My mom makes a similar stirfry..simple and delicious.

  2. I’ve seen these at a Chinatown market, but have never tasted them! This recipe sounds great.

  3. These fried beans are a quintessence of simplicity yet complexity of the flavour profile. So flavourful and delicious!

  4. Inger says:

    Interesting. Now I’m going to have to see if I can find some Chinese beans!

  5. 1.5 feet long!? I can’t imagine such beans! I don’t think we can get those here, but I’ll check the Asian market next time I go in. I suspect I could use American string beans though. The fried idea is excellent!






  6. Hannah says:

    Snake beans are wonderful, and everything is better with garlic! That’s a winning combination right there. It’s hard for me to find these sometimes, but the same idea works brilliants for snap peas, green beans, asparagus… Pretty much any green vegetable!

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