Spicy Green Bean Stir-Fry | @naturallyella

I’m always a fan of a good noodle bowl with spicy vegetables but during the summer months, I get a real treat: fresh green beans. Green beans are one of my favorite stir-fry vegetable because they hold a bit of their crispness even when cooked but still absorb and work well with a variety of sauces. This green bean stir-fry is a slight riff on this vegetable lo mein bowl because the sauce is easy and one of my favorites. I keep a small package of miso in the refrigerator, which I highly recommend. It’s great in sauces and especially lovely as an addition to my favorite veg burger.

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Green Bean Stir-Fry

Preparation 10 mins 2017-11-19T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 mins 2017-11-19T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 2 good-sized servings     adjust servings Calories 442 kcal
Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry | @naturallyella

A perfect way to showcase fresh summer green beans, this stir-fry is a little sweet and a little spicy. 



    • 4 ounces dried lo mein noodles
    • 1/2 pound green beans
    • 4 to 5 scallions
    • 1/4 pound red peppers bell or other sweet variety
    • 4 teaspoons sesame oil divided
    • 1 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • Cilantro for serving
    • Toasted sesame seeds for serving


    • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon brown rice miso
    • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
    • 2 teaspoons dark muscovado sugar or brown sugar


    1. Cook noodles according to package, set aside.
    2. Trim the ends from the green beans then slice into 1" pieces. Thinly slice the scallions and pepper(s). Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons sesame oil to the pan and swirl around. Add the onions and peppers, cooking for 4 minutes or so then add in the green beans. Continue to cook for a two minutes, cover, and let cook until the green beans are almost tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Uncover, turn up heat slightly and continue to cook until the beans and red peppers are starting to char.
    3. Stir in the sesame seeds, cooking for a minute more. Transfer green bean mixture to a bowl.
    4. Returning back to the pan, heat remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Add the noodles to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk the ingredients for the sauce together and pour in to the pan, coating the noodles and cooking for a minute. Add the green bean mixture back in to the pan and toss everything until well combined. If you're pan isn't big enough, transfer to a bowl and toss together.


    Recipe Notes

    Recipe Notes

    Tips and Tricks: To get the nice char on the green beans, resist the urge to over stir while they are cooking. The long the contact with the pan, the better the char!

    Stock up: Get the pantry ingredients you will need: lo mein noodles, green beans, tamari

    Nutrition: See the information.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 442 kcal Calories from fat
    % Daily Value

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

    Green Bean Stir-Fry


    Keeping this green bean stir-fry fairly simple helps to keep the time of prep and cooking down. I rarely make any big variations from this dish but occasionally I’ll add diced zucchini, summer squash, or a hot pepper or two. Beyond these additions, a few ways more ways to adapt:

    Noodles: If you can’t find lo mein, try using udon or soba. If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, try 100% buckwheat soba noodles or brown rice noodles.

    Spice: Not a fan of spice? Drop the sambal oelek, the sauce will still be good. If you can’t find sambal oelek, sriracha will work as well.

    Onions: If you can’t find scallions during the summer months, regular onion will work. I just like to slice the onion really thin.

    Green Bean Stir-Fry with Lo Mein Noodles | @naturallyella