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Asian Long Beans With Sesame Oil

This recipe couldn't be easier. Pick these long beans from your garden when they're young and they'll have a texture similar to pasta.

sesame long beans

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

Blanch and shock the beans before cooking them.

Asian long beans can get up to 2.5 – 3 feet long, some people even call them, “yard-long beans.” They come in different varieties, some are a nice dark green and some are more pale.

Recently, we posted a recipe for Sauteed Long Beans with Garlic, Ginger and Sesame. If you want an even easier preparation for these tasty beans, try this:

Asian Long Beans With Sesame Oil


  • 2-3 cups long beans
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • sesame oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Blanch the long beans. (Boil long beans for 3-4 minutes, until tender. Transfer to an ice bath.)
  2. Add garlic, ginger, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes to a pan of olive oil. Add long beans and a bit of water. Salt and pepper to taste, and add the sesame seeds.
  3. Squeeze long beans with lemon juice immediately before they are served. Drizzle sesame oil over top.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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