Spicy Green Beans with Sesame Walnuts

By Amanda Paa – Updated March 28, 2023
4.50 from 12 votes
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Spicy Green Beans with Sesame Walnuts

Fresh green beans are one of my favorite vegetables. When cooked right, their vibrant color and slight crunch is irresistible. As they flood the farmers market and the garden, I’m continually on the hunt for new ways to eat them, and have found these blistered Spicy Green Beans with Sesame Walnuts to be a real winner.

Fresh green beans are incredibly versatile! Steamed and tossed in salted butter, or deep fried and crispy, you can’t go wrong. Perhaps you love the crunch of raw beans in summer salads, or pickled. Or roasted!

Walnuts are adaptable too, and can be enjoyed raw or toasted, pureed into pestos and sauces, or seasoned for a sweet or savory kick to complement any dish (like this one!).

Most recently I’ve been making these Spicy Green Beans with Sesame Walnuts as a side dish to rotisserie chicken on the grill or on top of steamed rice (I LOVE rice and could eat it every single day) with an egg.

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Making Green Beans on the Stovetop

By blistering the green beans in a hot skillet, they take on a delicious, smoky flavor that is balanced by the rich flavors of the sesame walnuts.

You’ll hear them crackle and pop, signaling you’re on the right track. Because the beans are blanched first, they keep their vibrant green color, even after they’re charred.

Ingredients for Spicy Green Beans

Once the blistering is complete, you’ll add the key components that give this dish all sorts of Asian-inspired, spicy flavor, including:

  • tamari
  • sliced garlic
  • ginger
  • rice wine vinegar
  • chili flakes
  • sesame seeds
Spicy Green Beans with Sesame Walnuts
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*Storage Tip for Walntus: When you buy raw walnuts, be sure to store them in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve their freshness. Heat causes the fat in walnuts to change structure, which creates off odors and flavors, which is why you don’t want to store them in your pantry. Fresh walnuts smell mildly nutty and taste sweet.

These ingredients are a unique way to dress up green beans that still allows the full, fresh flavor of the beans to shine!

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Spicy Green Beans with Sesame Walnuts

Fresh green beans are charred in a skillet and tossed with tamari, chili flakes, and ginger.
4.50 from 12 votes
Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :25 minutes
Yield: 5 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



Sesame Walnuts

  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Green Beans

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Stir together sriracha, tamari, and sesame oil. Toss walnuts with the mixture. Spread on baking sheet, and roast for 6-7 minutes, until fragrant. Remove walnuts from baking sheet and place on a plate until cool. Then finely chop.
  • Prepare an ice bath. Bring a large pot of water to boil, with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Add green beans, and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately put green beans into ice bath. Once cool, remove green beans and lightly pat dry.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high, and once it is very hot (you’ll see a little smoke) add green beans, and let cook on each side until charred and blistered. You’ll likely have to do this in two batches, as pan may not be big enough to put all in it at once.
  • Keep pan on the stove, but move to an area off the heat. Push green beans to the side of the skillet, and add olive oil to the other side. Add garlic and ginger, and let cook for one minute, then stir everything together.
  • Add tamari, vinegar, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and stir to coat. Toss with chopped sesame walnuts and serve.

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  1. Eugenie

    5 stars
    I’d love to make these for a Thanksgiving side- the caramelized walnuts captivate me! Do you think they would compete too much with the overall flavor profile of a traditional holiday dinner? Any suggestions as to how I could pull these off for enjoying Thursday night?

  2. Lauren

    5 stars
    My husband ate a whole plate by himself! Easy and delicious flavor.

  3. Jesse-Gabriel

    Hallo Amanda.
    Das wollte ich schon sehr lange sagen, dein Blog ist großartig!!!
    Es wäre sooo toll wenn es deine Rezepte auch in Gramm angaben gäbe.
    Ganz viele Grüße sendet,
    Jesse-Gabriel aus Berlin