Recipe: Spicy Green Beans


17 Mar Recipe: Spicy Green Beans

You know you’re getting old when St. Patrick’s Day arrives and instead of wondering where you put your green belt and shamrock earrings, you make a mental note not to drive anywhere after 6 PM and place bets on how many drunks are going to stagger by at 3 AM singing Danny Boy at the top of their lungs.

Whether you find this video achingly sentimental or innocently humorous will depend on how many green beers and whiskey shots you’ve had. Since I’m stone cold sober, I think it’s pretty funny. But then again, they had me the moment the Swedish Chef bobbed on stage.

In honour of St Patrick’s day, I’m not wearing shamrocks, downing Guinness or posting a recipe for artificially green food. Instead, I’m typing with a delightful lilt and sharing a recipe for a food that’s naturally emerald green and close to my heart. Beans. Gotta love ’em no matter what the calendar says.

This recipe is from In a Pinch by Caren McSherry. I didn’t realize she had an Irish name until after I made the dish. Coincidence or luck of the Irish? You make the call.


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  • Andrea the Kitchen Witch
    Posted at 15:14h, 17 March Reply

    These sound delicious! I love soy sauce and green beans. The chili paste would be a great spicy kick, too!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:12h, 17 March Reply

      You’re right. The chili paste does add a nice kick — depending on the kind you use. I love beans with chili so thought this was a natural combination. Nothing Irish about it but the color.

  • Patrick Johnson
    Posted at 13:13h, 18 March Reply

    Christie, you make recipes come alive. Wish you were writing for us. Thanks for the green bean receipe. Something new for me to try. We heap on tons of garlic pepper spice when cooking green beans and love the garlic taste.

  • Emma
    Posted at 16:42h, 18 March Reply

    I am a proper chilli addict but d’you know I’d never considered pairing it with green beans? I shall have to try this, it has all my favourite flavours!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 22:25h, 20 March Reply

      I had green beans with chili a few years ago at a friend’s house and really liked it. He just added some dried chilis to the water he cooked the beans in. I think this allows you to control the heat a bit better — plus you get the garlic and ginger which I just love.

      Nice to know I’m not the only green bean addict.

  • La Bonne Bouche
    Posted at 17:02h, 18 March Reply

    I love you picture, looks so yammi and the garlic and chilli is one of my favourite combinations too.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 22:26h, 20 March Reply

      Thanks for your kind words. It was hard to take a photo when the beans smelled so good, but it was worth the wait.

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:25h, 18 March Reply

    These were great! Nicely spicy but not overwhelming. Even better than you get in most restaurants. I think I’ve found the recipe I’ve been looking for for years! Thanks so much!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 22:27h, 20 March Reply

      High praise, indeed! I’m so glad you liked the results. Spice is always such an iffy subject.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how they turned out.

  • Robin Smart
    Posted at 22:21h, 18 March Reply

    OK – I stopped thinking I would like the beans at the title, but I LOVED the video. Where do you get this stuff???
    Love from your super-taster not chili paste type person sister.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 22:30h, 20 March Reply

      If I left out the chili paste, you’d probably like the beans. The soy sauce, garlic and ginger is not too spicy. Honest.

      And the video was from YouTube. It’s so incredibly silly. Made in a simpler, more innocent time, but no matter how old I get, that Swedish Chef just cracks me up. Glad you liked it.

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    Posted at 09:49h, 19 March Reply

    I love your blog’s tagline — so true!

    Those string beans look tasty. I love Asian flavors.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 22:32h, 20 March Reply

      There are days when I would love to be more like Martha Stewart, but Murphy seems determined to keep me humble.

      The Asian flavours in this dish are quite addictive. I think I ate half the plate myself once I put the camera down.

  • Sally - My Custard Pie
    Posted at 00:04h, 20 March Reply

    I wonder if I could sneak these beans past my children who are suspicious of Asian flavours. Great recipe.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 22:37h, 20 March Reply

      When I was a kid, the name of a dish put me off as much, if not more, than the taste. Can you call this something that won’t give away its Asian roots? Caren’s beans? Or Sesame Beans? Or Bloggers Beans?

      Good luck getting this by the kids.

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 22:44h, 26 March Reply

    Reminds me of a bean dish I had in a wonderful restaurant in Vancouver’s china town. They were to die for. I will have to definitely try out this recipe!

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