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Asian-Style Green Beans With Baked Sesame Tofu

Chinese buffets usually have a version of these green beans, but by making them at home, you can control the ingredients.

Asian-Style Green Beans with Baked Sesame Tofu

Photo: Sara Conrad

This is a perfect lunch or snack. Leftovers are great cold, too.

Am I the only one obsessed with fresh green beans? It seems like I am, making them a different way every week. Lucky for me, my family loves them too.

Here is a way to prepare fresh green beans – Chinese style.

Chinese buffets usually have a version of these green beans, but by making them at home, you can control the ingredients. If you are concerned about your salt intake, use low-sodium soy sauce. Really love garlic? Use 6 cloves!

This is a perfect lunch or snack. Leftovers are great cold, too.

Asian-Style Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • dash of Sesame oil
  • 1 pound Fresh Green Beans

Method:

  1. Trim the green beans and wash well.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet on high-medium high.
  3. Add garlic and sesame oil.
  4. Quickly add the green beans, make sure the garlic does not burn or it will become bitter.
  5. Add Soy Sauce and stir constantly for 4 – 5 minutes. Take off heat.
  6. (If the beans are not done enough for your taste, you can just put a lid on the pot and steam with residual heat.)

Baked Sesame Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of Firm Tofu
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Vinegar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon Sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut tofu into strips or chunks.
  3. Marinate in Soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame seeds for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Bake in oven 10 minutes, flip tofu, cook additional 10-12 minutes.
Sara Conrad

Sara is an eternal student. Currently studying Tibetan Culture at Indiana University, she loves to cook with fresh, organic, vegetarian ingredients – but also has never turned down fake mashed potatoes in a buffet line.

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    Superb recipe, great combination of tofu with green beans. I love it.

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