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Green Beans in Ginger Sauce

Green Beans in Ginger Sauce 2.000

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Cookbook author Fuchsia Dunlop tells readers to use only “fresh, tender and fragrant” ginger when making the delicate sauce for the green beans. For the sake of texture and appearance, the ginger should be finely and evenly chopped. The dressing works well for other green vegetables, including spinach, and for cold chicken. Use frozen green beans if fresh or yard-long beans are unavailable.

Where to Buy: Long beans are available at Asian markets, such as H-Mart.

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Tested size: 2-3 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups green beans or yard-long beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons very finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Chinkiang vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cold chicken stock or water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil


Trim the beans. (If using yard-long beans, cut them into shorter lengths.)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and cool under cold running water, then shake dry. Arrange the beans neatly on a serving dish.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ginger, vinegar, salt, and stock or water until combined. Whisk in the sesame oil. (The vinegar should lend the sauce a light “tea color” and gentle sourness.) Pour the sauce over the beans or, for a more refined presentation, strain the sauce over the beans and then arrange the ginger across the top. Serve right away.

Recipe Source

Adapted from "The Food of Sichuan," by Fuchsia Dunlop (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019).

Tested by Tom Sietsema.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 3): 30

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 3g 5%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 290mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates: 2g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g

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

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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