Gingered Green Beans With Ground Pork 6.000

Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post

Nourish Jan 15, 2014

Asian-inspired, this dish is made with minimal amounts of oil and soy sauce. And that lets the green beans shine through.

6 - 7

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Tested size: 6-7 servings; makes 5 cups

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger root, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces lean ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce, or more as needed


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Fill a mixing bowl with ice water.

Add the green beans to the pot. Cook for 6 minutes or until the vegetables are tender; drain, then immediately transfer the beans to the ice-water bath to cool for 5 minutes. Drain the beans and spread them out on a clean dish towel to dry.

Meanwhile, heat the vegetable or peanut oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, stir in the garlic and the ginger. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 or 7 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to keep the garlic and ginger from browning.

Increase the heat to medium-high; stir in the ground pork to incorporate with the ginger and garlic, breaking up any clumps of meat. Lightly salt the mixture; cook, stirring every minute or so, for 6 to 8 minutes, until the meat is cooked through and lightly browned.

Add the cooked green beans, sesame oil and soy sauce, tossing to incorporate. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes, so the green beans are heated through. Taste; add sesame oil and/or soy sauce as needed.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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From Nourish columnist Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

Tested by Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

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