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Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

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These Sweet and Spicy Green Beans are a combination of soy sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper to give them a spicy finish. This easy green bean recipe is a staple side dish in my house. 


A small casserole dish filled with green beans and 2 gold forks.

I wish I could tell you that I ate desserts all the time, but that’s not only unrealistic, it’s unhealthy. While I do have my fair share of sweets, it’s often only a taste or two when I am testing recipes and shooting.

After having struggled with my weight all my life, I have to focus on eating healthier foods to balance out all the desserts in my life.

True story, when I first started dating my husband, he barley ate ANY vegetables. Over the years he’s come around and eats WAY more vegetables. He’ll even order a salad every now and again.

An overhead view of sautéed green beans in a white saucepan with gold forks

One of my go-to dinner staples is green beans. They are quick to throw together and can be cooked in a wide variety of ways.

One of my favorite side dishes is Sweet and Spicy Green Beans. The combination of soy sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper is the key to this quick and easy green beans.

First the green beans are blanched, which means they are boiled in hot water until al dente and then run under cold water to stop the cooking processes. When you strain the hot water, just run them under cold water for a minute.

A gold fork holding up a big helping of fresh sautéed green beans

Next, preheat your saucepan then add a touch of olive oil and the cooked green beans together with the soy sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper.

The soy sauce thickens as it reduced and lightly coats the green beans giving it a slightly salty and sweet flavor. The crushed red pepper adds the spicy finish. It’s best to tread lightly with the crushed red pepper until you know how much you really like. You can always add more after it’s cooked!

That’s all you need to do, it’s not an overly complicated recipe, and you can even boil the green beans in your larger skillet and then it’s already preheated.

A close up side view of fresh sauteed green beans in a blue skillet garnished with crushed red pepper

It’s best to serve these immediately, they’re usually the last thing I prepare. You can always blanch them ahead of time and them sauté them before serving. If you’d like an even healthier option, you can make them with olive oil spray.

I definitely like cooking green beans in a variety of ways but this Sweet and Spicy Green Bean Recipe is by far my favorite way to prepare them. If you’re looking for some inspiration to serve with these, you might consider trying them with Chicken Fried Steak or maybe even a Caprese Chicken.

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A small casserole dish filled with green beans and 2 gold forks.

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


These Sweet and Spicy Green Beans a combination of soy sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper to give them a spicy finish


  • ½ pound green beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ¼½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the green beans 7-10 minutes until fork tender, but still al dente.
  2. Strain the hot water and run the green beans under cold water.
  3. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and green beans and stir to coat. Next add the soy sauce, garlic and crushed red pepper.
  4. Sauté  for 5-7 minutes until the soy sauce evaporates or until the green beans are cooked through. Serve immediately.


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