Keep It Simple: Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Greenbeans, oh how I love them! I always buy huge batches of them at the farmer’s market when they come in season. Recently I discovered frozen haricots vert at my local Whole Foods and have fallen in love.

I let them sit in a little bit of water to thaw out, drain, and then they are ready for whatever you want to do with them.

I experimented and did a little sweet and spicy action which has now turned into my favorite way to have greenbeans.

We have these often as a sidedish and I make sure to  make a huge batch!

This isn’t an exact recipe because I adjust the amounts based on how I feel that day (more spicy? more sweet?) and how much greenbeans I’m using.  Below are approximate guesses, feel free to adjust to suit your tastes.

Andrea’s Sweet and Spicy Greenbeans

  • 1/2lb of Frozen Haricots Vert (thawed)
  • 1TBSP Chili and Garlic Sauce (found in the Asian aisle at the grocery store)
  • 2TBSP Honey
  • 1/2tsp Soy Sauce
  • Sprinkle of sesame seeds
  • 1/2TBSP Olive Oil

In a medium size sauce pan, heat olive oil and add in the haricot vert.  Add in the remaining ingredients, toss till coated and heat for about 2-3 minutes until everything has combined and the haricots vert is heated through.

Remove and serve immediately!


Gorgeous and quick to make.  You can use regular frozen greenbeans if you cannot find haricot vert.  If using fresh, be sure to blanch them first.

Serve these up the next time you need a simple veggie sidedish!

Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food!

8 thoughts on “Keep It Simple: Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

  1. What a great idea! We aren’t huge green bean fans, but often get some from my Dad’s garden so I’m always looking for ways to dress them up. Love this one!

  2. These look awesome. I *adore* Szechuan green beans, and this looks kind of like a quicker, easier version. Plus, I just made my own chili garlic paste recently, so that would be great to try. Definitely pinning this for later!

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