After you make these umami green beans, you’ll never want to make green beans another way again. The char adds an addictive sweetness like nothing else. It will knock your socks off!

A pile of cooked green beans on a round black plate.

👩‍🍳 How to Make This Recipe

To trim your green beans, pinch or cut off the stems. The pointy end does not need to be trimmed (photo 1). Then, chop or not and cook as you please. I add them to a heated cast iron with avocado oil and cook them until charred (photos 2 & 3).

A compilation image showing hands that are preparing raw green beans to go in a cast iron pan.

After charring your green beans on at least one side, add your soy sauce, mirin, scallions, and garlic (photos 1 & 2). Then, toss well to coat and cook until charred all over.

A compilation image showing grene beans slowly cooking in a cast iron pan.
Overhead shot of cooked green beans in a round black plate.

⭐️ Tips for the Perfect Sautéed Green Beans

  • The more charred the green beans are, the more delicious they will be.
  • Cook in a cast iron pan for extra char! You do not need to make this recipe in a cast iron and I have made it both ways. If you choose to use a regular pan, cooking the green beans may take a few extra minutes.
  • Keep a splash guard handy. The green beans will spatter when they hit the oil because of their water content.

Cast Iron Pan Recommendations

2 cast iron options are awesome choices. The Lodge cast iron skillet ($33) works great and is a great price. If you’re looking for the pretty one photographed in this post, grab the 12″ Finex cast iron with lid ($280). It’s awesome. Make sure you get the one with the lid!

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Umami Green Beans

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After you make these umami green beans, you'll never want to make green beans another way again. The char adds an addictive sweetness like nothing else. It will knock your socks off!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 157kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. green beans trimmed
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil or other flavorless oil
  • 5 scallions finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions

  • Sauté the green beans in the oil over medium/medium-high until charred on at least one side, tossing occasionally, ~10 minutes
  • When cooked, add the scallion whites and garlic. Cook for 5 more minutes, tossing to make sure the green beans are well coated and charred all over.
  • Add the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, scallions, and garlic. Cook ~1 minute.
  • Serve immediately!

Notes

The more charred the green beans are, the more delicious they will be.
Cook in a cast iron pan for extra char!
Keep a splash guard handy. The green beans will spatter when they hit the oil because of their water content.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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