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Spice up your vegetable routine with this flavorful Asian-style sautéed green bean recipe! This quick and easy side dish is ready and on your table in under 15 minutes using your Instant Pot or over the stovetop.
Table of contents
- Why we love this recipe
- How to make Asian Inspired Green Beans
- Frequently asked questions
- Other recipes you’ll love
I am always on the lookout for ways to make eating vegetables a fun and flavorful experience for my family. From adding a honey garlic glaze to Brussels sprouts to glazing carrots– the possibilities are endless.
Thanks to the Instant Pot I can now make green beans in record time and add a little flavor to spice them up a bit!
Why we love this recipe
There is not much more you can love about a recipe that gets your kids excited to eat their vegetables but here are a few other reasons to love this one!
- Hands-free recipe – Making the steamed green beans in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy way to cook them hands-free.
- Healthy side dish- These sautéed green beans are low carb and ultra-flavorful.
- Ready in 15 minutes- Making this a quick and healthy recipe you can make any night of the week.
- Pairs well with anything– From chicken to salmon to rice-based dishes these green beans go well with just about anything.
How to make Asian Inspired Green Beans
- Green beans – Fresh green beans that have been washed and trimmed work best in this recipe. If you plan to use frozen be sure to thaw and drain before cooking.
- Water – Used to steam the green beans in the Instant Pot.
- Peanut Oil – This is used to stir-fry the green beans.
- Asian-style sauce- A spicy mixture of ginger garlic paste, soy sauce, chili sauce (sambal oelek), and brown sugar.
- Salt- Adds just a little flavor to the green beans.
- Roasted sesame seeds- Used to top the finished Asian-style green beans.
Instant Pot Green Beans
- Prepare the green beans. Rinse and wash the green beans. Trim the edges and set them aside.
- Add 1 cup of water to the steel inner pot of the pressure cooker. Place a trivet in the inner pot and a steamer basket or a steel bowl over the trivet.
- Place the green beans in the steamer basket or steel bowl.
- Cover the lid, keep the vent in the sealing position. Pressure cook on high for 0 minutes.
- When the instant pot beeps, release the pressure by moving the vent carefully to the venting position.
- Remove the steamer basket carefully. Serve the beans with salt and pepper.
Asian Style Sautéed Green Beans
- Stir fry in either the Instant Pot (after draining and wiping dry) or in a stir-fry pan.
- Add peanut oil to a stir-fry pan over medium heat. Once the oil heat up, add ginger garlic paste and sauté for about 20-30 seconds while stirring constantly, making sure not to burn.
- In a small bowl mix together soy sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and salt. Pour into the skillet with the ginger garlic paste.
- Next, add the green beans and mix in the sauce until evenly coated.
- Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes in the sauce to allow the green beans to absorb the flavors.
- Garnish with roasted sesame seeds and serve immediately.
You don’t have to use the Instant Pot to cook the green beans, you can cover and cook them in the stir-fry pan. It should take about 6-8 minutes. I prefer the Instant Pot because it is hands-free.
Make sure to release pressure immediately once the cooking cycle is complete or the beans will overcook.
To retain the green color of the beans, put them in ice-cold water immediately after cooking them in the Instant Pot. Leave them for a couple of minutes, drain the water, and stir-fry as shown in the recipe.
Steam green beans in the Instant Pot without a steamer basket
If you do not have a steamer basket to make these sautéed green beans, you can still easily steam them in the pressure cooker following these instructions.
- Pour 1 cup of water in the steel insert of the instant pot.
- Lower the trivet into the instant pot.
- Place the green beans on top of the trivet. Remove any green beans that fall through or are too short to lay on the trivet.
- Pressure cook on HIGH for 0 minutes.
- After the pressure cooker beeps, move the vent carefully to the venting position.
- Remove the lid and carefully remove the trivet from the instant pot.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Two of the main ways you can prep this recipe ahead is by preparing the green beans and steaming the green beans.
- Preparing the green beans- Wash and trim your green beans up to 2 days in advance. Keep stored in an air-tight container or ziplock bag.
- Steam the green beans- If you are planning on making these steamed green beans Asian-style you can steam the green beans following the instant pot directions below and store them up to 4 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. When you are ready to make them Asian-style remove from the refrigerator and follow the directions below for stir-frying.
How to Store Sautéed Green Beans
Sautéed green beans that have not been cooked in the asian-style sauce can be stored for up to 4 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
After stir-frying the green beans in the asian-style sauce store the green beans for up to 2 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
What to serve with these Asian-style sautéed green beans
I think these sautéed green beans go well with just about any main dish. Here are a few you might want to try them with:
- Restaurant-style tandoori chicken
- Air Fryer Chicken 65
- Grilled Honey Garlic Salmon
- One Pot Creamy Curry Pasta with Shrimp
Frequently asked questions
The amount of time you spend steaming green beans depends on your texture preference.
For crisper green beans steam on high for 0 minutes.
To make tender green beans steam on high for 1 minute.
If you like softer green beans steam on high for 2 minutes.
They are actually one and the same. String beans is another name used to describe green beans because of their string like appearance.
Are you looking to steam a variety of vegetables in your Instant Pot? Here’s a foolproof guide on how to steam veggies perfectly in your Instant Pot every single time.
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- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes– This delicious Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe is a keeper. Yields creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes all in one pot and in under 30 minutes.
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Instant Pot Green Beans – Asian Style
- Rinse and wash the green beans. Trim the edges.
- Add a cup of water to the steel inner pot of the Instant Pot. Place a trivet and a steamer basket or a steel bowl over it.
- Add the beans in the steamer basket/steel bowl.
- Cover the lid, keep the vent in the sealing position, and pressure cook on high for 0 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot beeps, release pressure by moving the vent carefully to the venting position. Remove the lid and mix well.
- Remove the steamer basket carefully. You can serve the beans with salt and pepper or you could stir-fry them as shown below.
Sauteed Green Beans – Asian style
- To stir fry the beans either you can use an Instant Pot (after draining the water and wiping it dry) or a stir-fry pan.
- Add oil to a stir-fry pan placed over medium heat. Once the oil heats up, add ginger-garlic paste and saute it for about 20-30 seconds while stirring constantly making sure not to burn it.
- Mix soy sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, salt in a bowl and add them to the ginger garlic paste.
- Add green beans and mix them in the sauce till they are evenly coated.
- Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes in the sauce to allow the beans to absorb the flavors.
- Garnish it with roasted sesame seeds and serve immediately.
- You don’t have to use the Instant Pot to cook the green beans, you can cover and cook them in the stir-fry pan. It should take about 6-8 minutes. I prefer the Instant Pot because it is hands-free.
- Make sure to release pressure immediately once the cooking cycle is complete or the beans will overcook.
- To retain the green color of the beans, put them in ice-cold water immediately after cooking them in the Instant Pot. Leave them for a couple of minutes, drain the water, and stir-fry as shown in the recipe.
Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.