{recipe} Sweet and Spicy String Beans

Sometimes you just need a perfect side dish that’s sweet, spicy, and salty all at the same time. This is a quick and easy way to makestring beans sing in an Asian-inspired side dish.

If you prefer to walk on the mild side… cut the sambal down. And if you don’t own any fish sauce, don’t stress, just leave it out.

Sweet Spicy String Beans


  • 1 Tblsp + 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tblsp honey
  • 1 tsp sambal
  • 1/4 tsp fish sauce
  • 12-16 oz. string beans or green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 1 small clove garlic, sliced as thinly as possible


  • Combine soy sauce, honey, sambal, and fish sauce in a bowl and mix together.
  • Put green beans in large saute pan with 1/4 cup water. Turn heat on high. When water starts to bubble, cover tightly and cook 5 minutes.
  • Remove lid and add sauce. Toss to coat and continue cooking on high, tossing every few minutes. Continue cooking about 5-10 minutes, until sauce has thickened and coats the beans.
  • Add garlic slices and cook, tossing, about 1 more minute.
  • Remove from pan and serve immediately.

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