Chinese Green Beans With Pork

Szechuan Green Beans
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
827 Calories
45g Fat
58g Carbs
49g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 827
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 57%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 749mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 22g 77%
Protein 49g
Calcium 171mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Seasoned with chili powder, salt, and other spices, Szechuan preserved vegetable adds a distinct flavor to this recipe for Chinese green beans with ground pork. It is available in cans in Asian markets.


  • 1 pound green beans (fresh)
  • 1/2 cup ground pork
  • 1 pinch salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (or peanut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (fresh, chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sherry (dry, or Chinese rice wine, as needed)
  • 1 ounce chopped Szechuan preserved vegetable (1/4 cup)
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (Asian)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rinse the green beans and drain. Cut off the ends and cut diagonally into 2-inch lengths.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the ground pork with salt and black pepper to taste. Add the cornstarch, mixing it in with your fingers. Let stand while preparing the other ingredients.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the dark soy sauce, sugar, and chicken broth.

  5. Heat the wok on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons oil, drizzling the oil down the sides of the wok. When the oil is hot, add the green beans. Stir-fry the beans for about 6 to 8 minutes, until their skins pucker and turn brown. Remove from the wok.

  6. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ginger. Stir-fry for a second.

  7. Then add the ground pork. Cook, stirring, until the ground pork is cooked (about 2 minutes).

  8. Splash the ground pork with the rice wine while it is cooking.

  9. Stir in the Szechuan preserved vegetable and cook briefly until it is hot.

  10. Add the green beans back into the pan, stirring to mix with the other ingredients.

  11. Give the sauce a quick re-stir and add it into the wok. Cook until the liquid is dry (about 2 minutes).

  12. Stir in the shallots. Do a taste test and adjust seasoning if desired.

  13. Remove from the heat and stir in the Asian sesame oil.