Easy Sesame Green Beans

Easy Sesame Green Beans | Dinner of Herbs

Tired of boring old vegetables?

While I hate smothering vegetables in butter and salt or cheese sauces, I can understand why people are drawn to such methods.  As much as I love broccoli or green beans, they can get pretty repetitive and bland after awhile.  So, I wanted something a little different, but not so unhealthy as copious amounts of butter or cheese.

Plain green beans, waiting to be sesame-ified.
Plain green beans, waiting to be sesame-ified.

My brother happened upon this recipe from a Japanese chef who has a youtube channel called “Cooking with Dog“.  …please, no unsavory jokes about dogmeat-centric dishes.  I’ve already thought of them all anyway.

Sesame seeds, browned.  This smells heavenly!
Sesame seeds, browned. This smells heavenly!

For those of you who do not speak Japanese, and who have a very difficult time understanding dogs with thick Japanese accents (you will have to watch one of her videos to understand), here is what we did to make the sesame green beans:

The Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb green beans*, frozen

2 Tbsp sesame seeds

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp water

Servings: 4 side dishes

Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat.  Add the frozen green beans and prepare, following package instructions.  Drain the green beans.  While the green beans are boiling, warm the sesame oil over medium-low heat in a small frying pan.  Add the sesame seeds and brown them, stirring frequently.  This will not take long (only 3 minutes or so) and be careful to not burn them!  Remove from heat and put in a food processor.  Pulse several times, then add the soy sauce and water.  Process until the sesame seeds are beginning to break down, but do not go too far and make a paste!  Combine the warm green beans and sesame in a bowl and serve.  Enjoy!

Sesame seeds, ready to be processed.
Sesame seeds, ready to be processed.

*We used French cut green beans.  Fancy, extra fine green beans would also be good.

Sesame seeds after the addition of soy sauce and water, and being processed.
Sesame seeds after the addition of soy sauce and water, and being processed.
Our ratio of green beans:sesame seeds was a bit off, so I corrected that in the recipe, don't worry.
Our ratio of green beans:sesame seeds was a bit off, so I corrected that in the recipe, don’t worry.
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