This spicy Sriracha green beans recipe is easy to put together in less than 20 minutes effortlessly. The perfectly cooked green beans tossed in a garlicky Sriracha sauce-a quick option when you want to serve a spicy side dish.
You know that spring has just started, the stores are already loaded with fresh green beans everywhere.
To let you know, we have our favorite trick to instantly make any boring meal into an enchanting feast. And we implement this trick from time to time to break our regular routine. All credit goes to the Sriracha sauce.
Furthermore, out of the 15 minutes cooking time, only five minutes of your focus is needed for this recipe. The rest involves the simple blanching and cooling procedures.
The Sriracha green beans just five ingredients
Green beans are perfect vegetables for stir fries. Its crisp, tender texture, and its surface that has enough potential to get coated with the stir fry sauce. And these properties makes them do wonders on the dinner table.
Green beans. With the green beans season in full swing, you should be able to find fresh crisp tender green beans. Make a note here, that the tender green beans need a blanching time of 1 to 2 minutes, where the mature green beans may require a minute more to be done perfectly.
Garlic. The flavor booster. You may substitute fresh garlic with garlic powder as well.
Sriracha sauce. The soul ingredient that provides the green beans with the intense heat with the robust flavors. Every drop off this Sriracha sauce is a perfect balance of the heat, tang, and loaded with bold complex flavors. You may locate this in the International or condiments aisle in the grocery store.
Sesame oil. I have opted for sesame oil for tossing the vegetable. However, feel free to use avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil as well.
Red chili flakes. We wanted to make this sidedish super spicy. So I have added 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. On the other hand, if you find this could be too spicy, you may completely skip or you may reduce the quantity according to your personal preference.
How to make Sriracha green beans?
Snip off the head and tail of green beans.
Please a saucepan filled with water to a rolling boil. Add the green beans and cook for two minutes or until the green beans are cooked and still hold its crispness.
Meanwhile, fill a bowl with ice cold water and keep it ready.
Now using a slotted spoon, remove the green beans from the boiling water, and transfer immediately to the ice cold water to prevent it from cooking further.
Leave the green beans to be in the water for about five minutes. Then drain and set aside.
Place a frying pan over medium heat, add sesame oil and minced garlic.
And stir until the garlic is fragrant.
Now add the green beans, Sriracha sauce, red pepper flakes, and toss until the green beans coated evenly with the sauce.
Transfer it to a serving plate and enjoy with your pasta or rice.
Best to pair with
Rice. The spicy Sriracha green beans never fail to serve with a simple main dish. Are you thinking of making simple sushi rice, or egg fried rice for an extravagant dinner? This hot and spicy side dish could turn out to be your first choice.
Refrigerate. Store the leftover sriracha green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Freezer. By freezing in the freezer safe container you may store up to the period of three months. To thaw, leave them in the refrigerator overnight, or you may thaw it in the microwave with an increment of 30 seconds.
Reheat. To reheat it you may microwave for about 30 seconds or more depending on the quantity. Microwave until it turns warm and make sure to toss in between to reheat them evenly.
Chili garlic sauce. And this Chinese style sauce for the umami. This is another easy to find ingredient. Our family loves spicy food, and we add this sauce on top of the Sriracha sauce. And you may add them as topup or you may also substitute half the quantity with chili garlic sauce.
Brown sugar. Add a tablespoon of light brown sugar for the sweet and spicy variation.
Lemon juice. Add a squeeze of lemon for the refreshing flavors.
Garlic powder. Nothing to worry, if fresh garlic is not handy, you may substitute with garlic powder.
Cast iron skillet. These are perfect for an even heat.
Printable recipe card
- 1 pound green beans
- 2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add green beans to the water and blanch for about two minutes, or until the beans are cooked and still have a crisp texture.
- Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice cold water. And keep ready.
- Now, using a slotted spoon, remove green beans from the boiling water.
- And transfer immediately to the ice cold water, to prevent it from cooking further.
- Allow them to be in the water for about five minutes. And drain green beans and set aside.
- Place a pan over medium heat, add sesame oil, and minced garlic.
- Saute until garlic is fragrant.
- Now add green beans, Sriracha sauce, soy sauce, red chili flakes.
- Toss until the green beans coated evenly with the sauce.