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Green Beans with Sesame Sauce inspired by Saya-Ingen No Goma-ae

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Photo attribution: Jessica Silldorff
Ready In: 11 minutes
Serves: 6
Dairy-freeGluten-freeLow Added SugarVeganVegetarian

This sesame sauce is also excellent tossed with wilted spinach or lightly steamed broccoli.

What you'll need

Sharp knife
Cutting board
Medium bowl
Measuring spoons


Serves 6
1 pound Green Beans fresh or frozen, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
3 tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds finely ground or 2 tablespoons Tahini
2 tablespoons Water very hot
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar or 1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons Mirin or 1 tablespoon Honey
1/2 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil



Step 1 picture
If the beans are long, cut them in half. Sprinkle with salt. Steam for 3 minutes or microwave for about 1 minute. They should still be a little crisp. Spread on a plate and set aside to cool.


Step 2 picture
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sesame sauce. (sesame seeds, water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, mirin, toasted sesame oil) Stir together until smooth.


Step 3 picture
Add the sesame sauce and toss all together. Serve at room temperature or chilled. You can keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Chef's Tips

  • Japanese cooks use a special ridged bowl to grind sesame seeds by hand. Tahini, a smooth sesame paste used in Middle Eastern foods, is a convenient alternative. Almond, cashew, or peanut butter will also work well in the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 0.50 cup

Serving Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 62
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.2 g4%
Saturated Fat <1 g3%
Sodium 223 mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 7.5 g3%
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g9%
Protein 2.3 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

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