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Cold Garlic & Sesame Soy Marinated Green Beans

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Garlic and sesame soy marinated green beans are a quick and easy summer side

Have you been outside lately? Of course you have and you probably sweat a gallon from just going to get the mail, right? What’s worse when it’s hot out: baking or standing over a stove? Uh, I’d say both are not fun. When it’s HOT as BAWLS outside, there is NO WAY I want to do any of that. Heck no! I ain’t craaazy!

But what I am crazy about during hot summer days is cold food. Not any cold food though, I’m talking about food that is meant to be eaten cold.

My mom made this side for us all the time when we were growing up. It was one of our favorites and we’d always ask for weekly repeats. I always made sure made blanched the beans just enough that they didn’t soggy and soft. I’m very particular about crisp beans just like I am with my broccoli. Regardless how the beans are, though, this is still a great simple and yet so flavorful side dish to have on a hot day.

Jason and I eat this a lot as a snack. It’s really refreshing. Just eating it makes you 20 degrees cooler. And you can say you had your greens ;)

If you can throw green beans in a ziploc bag, then you can make this and have a nice cold snack in a couple hours :)

Cold Garlic & Sesame Soy Marinated Green Beans

A quick and easy side dish that has great flavors!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 lb green beans
  • cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon sugar


  • In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the green beans for 4-5 minutes, no longer, and then throw them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Ice bath meaning a large bowl of water with ice in it.
  • Drain the beans and water.
  • In a large ziploc bag, put in all the ingredients, zip it tightly and shake it all around until all beans are covered.
  • Let cool in the fridge for 1 hour then toss them around again in the bag and cool for another hour.
  • Toss the beans around prior to serving.
  • Enjoy cold.



Serving: 0.5 of recipe | Calories: 281 kcal | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 21 g | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 8 g

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: side dish ideas
Recipe Rating


Wednesday 13th of January 2021

These are fantastic! I made them to have with ham sandwiches on Christmas day. Please don't wait until summer to make them. There was leftover marinade that was so tasty, we added it to some sour cream with a little horseradish and it made a tasty dip. I also used a container to avoid using plastic bag, like another person mentioned.


Friday 24th of July 2020

Oh my gosh, I am a very OLD cook with years of experience all over the world in a kitchen. A dear North American friend I met in. Jamaica fifty years ago sent me your site. WO W , love your recipes for vegan and Vegetarin foods. You may be assured I will share this good luck with many. I. Closed my bakery in. Spain years ago, hence....plenty of time to enjoy your recipes. Cheers, Geraldine in. Spain


Monday 23rd of September 2019

I love this recipe so much! I just made a whole batch ahead to snack on over the week. I make it in a Tupperware container rather than a ziplock bag to save on plastic waste ?


Thursday 9th of May 2019

My question was for the Asian string bean marinade.


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Greetings from New York

Your recipe sounds great.

Quick question.

Is it toasted sesame seed oil or not toasted?

Thank you.

Julie Wampler

Saturday 11th of May 2019

It doesn't matter which. Whichever one you have on hand is great! My preference, if it matters, is toasted.