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Hot Sesame Green Beans

November 2005
Hot Sesame Green Beans

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Toasted sesame oil brings intensified flavor and aroma to this dish—look for it in the international foods aisle.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 25 mins

  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (3 turns of the pan)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil (several drops)
  • Coarse salt
  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently, until golden, about 4 minutes. Cook the beans in 2 inches of boiling salted water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet until the oil shimmers and smokes. Add the beans and stir-fry for 5 minutes, until they begin to caramelize and brown at the edges. Add the crushed red pepper, sesame oil, coarse salt and toasted sesame seeds. Toss a minute more. Remove from the heat and serve.