Glazed Green Beans

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IngredientsGlazed Green Beans

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons virgin olive oil or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 6 scallions, ends trimmed, white and green parts separated, and finely chopped


  1. Cut or snap off green bean ends. If Beans are very long, cut on diagonal into 3 inch pieces.
  2. In a bowl, combine rice wine or sake, sugar, and 1/2 cup water until sugar is almost completely dissolved.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy, deep sauté pan or wok with a lid until very hot.
  4. Add ginger and scallion white parts and sauté over high heat 10 to 15 seconds, until fragrant.
  5. Add scallion green parts and stir-fry to mix.
  6. Add beans and stir-fry 1 minute. Add sauce, toss lightly to mix, and heat until sauce is boiling.
  7. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender.
  8. Uncover, increase heat to high, and continue cooking, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes, until sauce is thickened and reduced to a glaze.
  9. Transfer to a bowl or platter and serve hot or at room temperature.

Makes 6 servings

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