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 :)

    5 from 2 votes

    Cold Garlic & Sesame Soy Marinated Green Beans

    A quick and easy side dish that has great flavors!
    Prep Time: 5 mins
    Cook Time: 2 hrs
    Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
    Calories: 281kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1 lb green beans
    • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 3 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1/2 tbsp 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.


    Nutrition Facts
    Cold Garlic & Sesame Soy Marinated Green Beans
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 281 Calories from Fat 189
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 21g32%
    Carbohydrates 19g6%
    Fiber 6g24%
    Sugar 8g9%
    Protein 7g14%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Lisa L says:

    Mmmm…. love garlic! Could these be made in advance? I’m going to a potluck and these would be great!

    • Julie says:

      Yes! They can definitely be made in advance, although, I wouldn’t make them more than a day in advance as they do become less crisp the longer it hangs out in the liquid.

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    mmm mmmm! so simple and sounds yummy for sure! i love crisp, cold greenbeans as well; such a great snack!

  • Kathryn says:

    These really do sound perfect for a hot day when you need something but don’t really feel like eating. Lovely combo of flavours with the garlic and sesame.

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  • jeff says:

    Tremendous… I’m making these tonight.

  • carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    Not sure why we never make green beans I love them and especially as a side dish like this! They look so yummy!

  • Tracey says:

    I am loving this idea!! Sounds like a great combination of flavors! I haven’t made green beans once this year and I definitely need to remedy that.

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

    I’m also nutty when it come to the crispness of my green beans, it makes all the difference in enjoyment. I will try this recipe since my older son loves to eat them this way as well. Thx Julie!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    I adore this! I am not a fan of hot as bawls. or balls. or bahhhls.

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven says:

    Ooooh – these look beautiful! I love sesame green beans! :)

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I’ve always preferred green beans crisp and cold like this. Hot, mushy ones are just so gross. Love how simple and flavorful this is!

  • Stephanie says:

    Simple and delicious. Happy Friday!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    I’ve never seen green beans look so darn delicious~! Only you Julie :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    theses sound awesome!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    and by ‘theses’ i mean these. only i can get a 3-word comment wrong!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    You had me at garlic!!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    I love green beans in the summer. What a fun way to eat them!

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    These are a perfect summer snack! (I love foods reminiscent of childhood most.)

  • Cassie says:

    I would eat this straight up for a meal. I LOVE green beans!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    What a refreshing dish! And I love the idea of eating it as a snack! I’ve been snacking on a lot of junk food lately.

  • Val @ Tips on Healthy Living says:

    Yum! These do look really refreshing and yummy. I bet tossing some sesame seeds in there would be awesome too.

  • Katie says:

    I use those ingredients a lot for marinating chicken, but I never thought of tossing it over some green beans! This sounds so refreshing, thanks for the *cold* recipe! We’ve had 3 triple digit days here this week and there’s no end in sight, UGH!

  • Lynna says:

    How awesome! I would definitely love eating some of these right now!

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    This looks like something that I will be having to make as a snack when I’m dying of heat in a couple weeks!

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    I seriously could eat these everyday! Love this!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Oh my word these look so good. I’d just wipe them on my face and neck to cool off, foooo’ real.

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I love this! I am always looking for different ways to do green beans (I love them but the kids don’t) and I can’t wait to try these! I think my kids will actually eat them!

  • Angela says:

    Ooh these are so good! I made them with a lot less oil and sugar and they were still delish. Next time I may add a splash of rice vinegar for a hint of sour. Great summer recipe.

  • Kim Bee says:

    This looks seriously yummy. I haven’t eaten green beans in ages. I must try this out.

  • Tonia says:

    Just made for a summer get together. Everyone loved them!

  • Rose says:

    This was quite good especially given the simplicity of the recipe. I used only 1 Tb toasted sesame and 2 of canola thinking it would have too strong a flavor using all sesame, was wondering what others did and whether the author meant for toasted sesame or not. Also was thinking I would like to try with red pepper sesame oil sometime.

  • gail says:

    how many does this recipe feed? I am having a potluck with 12 people..would this be enough?

    • Julie says:

      I would probably double or triple the recipe to feed that many.

  • Jo says:

    Can these be made the day before or is that too long to marinate?

    • Julie says:

      You could definitely make these a day before!

  • Wayne says:

    Greetings from New York

    Your recipe sounds great.

    Quick question.

    Is it toasted sesame seed oil or not toasted?

    Thank you.

    • Julie Wampler says:

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

  • Wayne says:

    My question was for the Asian string bean marinade.

  • Zoë says:

    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 💓

  • Geraldine says:

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