Vegan Asian Green Beans Recipe

Sauteed Asian green beans
Sauteed Asian green beans photo by Joseph Clark / Getty Images
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
89 Calories
4g Fat
12g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 490mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 286mg 6%
*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.)

This is a great way to cook up some healthy vegan green beans for a quick and nutritious vegetable side dish. Inspired by the flavors of Asia with soy sauce, sherry, or rice wine, and a bit of sugar and garlic, this is an easy vegan green bean recipe.

We love cooking with fresh green beans, and find that most of the time, we don't even really need to trim them, though of course, your preference may be a bit different. Often, grocery stores sell bagged green beans which are prewashed and pre-trimmed while still being fresh (and not frozen). 

If you like cooking with green beans, you might also want to try the most popular green bean recipe on The Spruce, this simple vegan green bean casserole recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons rice wine, or dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the water in a wok or a large saucepan. Carefully add the fresh green beans and steam until tender but still a bit crisp—about 8 minutes.

  3. Drain all of the remaining water well, and set the green beans aside.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable broth, soy sauce, rice wine, and the sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

  5. Wipe the excess water from the wok or saucepan, add the oil and heat over medium-high heat.

  6. Add the garlic and allow to cook for just 1 minute.

  7. Add the green beans and the soy sauce mixture, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.

  8. Enjoy your fresh homemade Asian-inspired green beans.

This green bean recipe is reprinted with permission from The Compassionate Cook Cookbook.

Like making simple home cooked vegetable side dishes such as this one? Here's a few more green bean recipes to try: