These Sweet and Spicy Green Beans are the perfect balance of sweet and savory, with a kick of spice. Fresh haricot vert green beans, blanched and then sautéed with onions and bell peppers - tossed with a rich, buttery sauce made with soy sauce, garlic, crushed red pepper and brown sugar substitute. It is the perfect Asian inspired low carb side dish. It can be ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Step by Step Instructions
How to make Sweet and Spicy Green Beans
STEP 1: In a large pot of salted water, bring the green beans to a boil. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
STEP 2: Drain the green beans in a colander.
STEP 3: Submerge the green beans in an ice water bath to shock them and stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
STEP 4: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil. Add the green beans to the pan, toss in the butter and olive oil, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, onion, garlic, and sea salt and black pepper to taste. Sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
STEP 5: In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter, the soy sauce, sweetener and red pepper flakes. Pour the mixture over top of the green beans and toss until they are well coated.
Recipe Tips and Variations
Frequently Asked Questions
Plunging green beans in an ice bath shocks them and stops the cooking process, while maintaining their bright green color.
Yes, if you would like to substitute canned green beans for the fresh green beans in this recipe, you can substitute (2) 14.5 ounce cans. If you use canned green beans, skip step 1 of the cooking process.
To trim green beans, you cut off the stems and any dried ends. If they are really long beans, I also cut them in half.
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