Delicious, Chinese-Style Green Beans in 15 Minutes

Food     by Rita Tarnate     Dec 14, 2020

Green beans in a skillet

Cuisine: Chinese
Level: Easy

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Serves 4-6

Green beans make for an easy side dish, and since they’re a part of many cuisines, there is an infinite number of ways to prepare them.

I’ve always been a fan of the classic, buttery taste and crisp texture of French haricots verts. Then, I had the garlic green beans at Din Tai Fung. They’re crunchy, light, and packed with flavor.

My aunt made Chinese-style green beans on a recent visit, and while they’re not exactly like Din Tai Fung’s, this has become my family’s go-to recipe. It’s insanely simple, goes well with any meal, and my daughter loves them! Just remember the rule of fives – steam for 5 minutes, sautée for 5 minutes, and coat for 5 minutes.

Plated Chinese green beans

Mimi's Chinese Green Beans


1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

Garlic salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

Oyster sauce, for coating


  1. Place the green beans in a steamer basket. Season with garlic salt and pepper, then steam for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a wok or large skillet. Add the garlic and green beans, and sautée for 5 minutes.
  3. Add enough oyster sauce to coat the beans and stir for 5 minutes.

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