These Miso Sesame Green Beans are easy to make but taste like you worked hard on them! They’re full of flavor and would make a perfect addition to your holiday table this year!
We usually do roasted Brussels sprouts for our Thanksgiving vegetable dish, but lately I’ve been loving green beans and this Miso Sesame Green Bean Recipe has me loving them even more!
When it comes to holiday side dishes, it’s important that they taste amazing, but don’t take a lot of time or stove space to make. These delicious green beans only take about 15 minutes to make and will add so much flavor to your special meal!
Miso Sesame Green Bean Recipe Ingredients
- Green Beans – This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen green beans. I’ve been loving these frozen green beans from Trader Joe’s lately. They’re French green beans so they are nice and skinny and always taste great!
- Miso Paste – I use mellow white miso paste for this recipe. I like that the flavor is a little more subtle than the red miso paste. You should be able to find miso paste in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores these days, or your local health food store.
- Tamari – Tamari or soy sauce will work great for these green beans. I like Tamari because its flavor is a little more rich and has a slightly thicker consistency.
- Toasted Sesame Oil – You don’t need a lot of toasted sesame oil because it has a pretty strong flavor, but it makes such a difference!
- Maple Syrup – I use a little bit of pure maple syrup to add a little bit of sweetness and help mellow out the salt. You could also use honey.
- Toasted Sesame Seeds – The toasted sesame seeds add some nice texture as well as flavor. I usually just buy raw sesame seeds and toast them up myself in a pan. You should be able to buy already toasted sesame seeds though.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic is always a great addition to vegetable dishes! You can make these green beans as garlicky as you like.
- Water – A little water helps thin out the sauce and dial down some of the salt flavor from the miso and tamari.
If you like heat, some chili paste would be a great addition!
How To Make The Best Miso Green Bean Recipe!
- If using fresh green beans, wash them and trim the ends off. Steam your green beans. This is how I do it (this way works for both fresh and frozen): heat a large pan over medium heat and add the green beans and about half a cup of water. Cover pan and allow the green beans to steam for about 5-7 minutes, depending on if you like them crispy or more tender. Once finished steaming, drain the remaining water out of the pan.
- Make the miso sesame sauce while the green beans are steaming. To a medium sized bowl, add the miso, tamari, toasted sesame oil, maple syrup, garlic and toasted sesame seeds. Use a fork to mix up the sauce. Make sure the miso has been fully incorporated. Next, add 1/4 cup water and mix again.
- With the heat to the green bean pan still on, pour over the sauce. Mix everything together and let the sauce come to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken up as it cooks, but will thicken even more once the heat is turned off so don’t worry if it seems watery.
- Allow the green beans to cool for a few minutes before enjoying.
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
- Is this recipe vegan? Yes!
- Is this recipe gluten free? Yes!
- Can I make these green beans ahead of time? You can make them up to 2 days in advance and then heat before serving, but they don’t take much time to make and their texture is great when fresh.
- How should I store leftover miso sesame green beans? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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