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Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry (Whole30, Paleo, Vegan)

Loaded with flavor, this healthy Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry is a veggie-lover’s dream. These addicting garlicky green beans are vegan, vegetarian, paleo, Whole30 compliant, and gluten-free. 

a round white plate full of green bean stir fry

I used to hate green beans. Haaaaaaaaaate.

I thought they were gross and boring. Knowing my childhood, I’m sure they were served to me from a can or steamed from a bag of frozen veggies. Snore.

Once you stir-fry something, add garlic, and spicy stuff, I’m suddenly a giant fan. This spicy green bean stir fry is now totally my summer jam and I make it once a week while the fresh beans last.

Can You Pan Fry Green Beans?

Yes! Using a wok or another non-stick pan makes for a delicious sear on the green beans. You can use a bit of oil (like my method) or dry fry in the pan.

What Ingredients Are In This Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry?

A wooden board with green beans, sesame oil, garlic, green onion, and ginger

We’ve got green beans, coconut aminos (you can use soy sauce if you’re not following a paleo or Whole30 plan), fresh ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, green onion, and sambal oelek which is spicy chili paste. Or “hot cock sauce” as my brother-in-law calls it.

Many brands of sambal oelek (including mine) contain sulfites which are a no-no on the Whole30. If you’re on a Whole30 round you could leave out or try making your own.

Know Before You Start/Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Have everything prepped and ready to go!! When things start cooking in that pan you don’t want to be distracted by chopping and dicing.
  • If you love yourself, and a speedy meal, prep the beans, garlic, ginger, and green onions the night before. You can even mix up the sauce ahead of time too.
  • You must use a high heat oil for this recipe! Coconut or avocado would be ideal. Olive oil is not meant to be used in stir fries as it can cause a stovetop fire. Um, ask me how I know this. And yeah, it did freak out the firefighter husband.
  • Use your stove’s exhaust fan on the highest setting while making this. And maybe open a window in the kitchen. Sadly, I have a busted old 1970’s range top exhaust. My boys know when the wok comes out, the smoke alarm is probably going to go off at some point.
  • This green bean stir fry is just as good the next day, so make a bunch!

Here’s How to Make It

This recipe might look like it has a lot of steps, but from start to finish it is about seven minutes.

Heat a wok on medium-high.

While the wok is heating, mix up the sauce, and set aside. Place a paper towel or newspaper on a plate, set aside.

Add 2 tsp of oil to the wok, and swirl around to coat the surface.  Once the oil is smoking, add the green beans, and stir them constantly to keep them from burning. Cook for five minutes until they’re blistered and bright green.

two photos showing green bean stir fry being cooked in a wok

Remove them from the wok and place them on the paper towel lined plate.

Add the other tsp of oil to the now-empty wok, and swirl to coat. Add the garlic and ginger, and stir constantly for about 30 seconds.

Add the liquids, and if you are like me, this is when your smoke alarm goes off letting all the neighbors know you’re using your wok again. They’re just jealous of your awesomeness.

two photos showing green bean stir fry being cooked in a wok

Add the beans back to the sauce/ginger/garlic mixture, and stir for another minute. Throw the green onions on top and serve!

Two bowls of green bean stir fry with spicy chili paste and a fork on a wooden board

Variations

  • I like my beans crisp, and not overcooking them means they’re really great as leftovers. If you prefer a softer bean, stir fry for 2 minutes, then add 1 tbsp of water to the pan, cover, and steam for 5 minutes.
  • Leave the spice out if you’re serving this to a tamer crowd. You can always spice up your serving.

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a round white plate full of green bean stir fry
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Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry (Whole30, Paleo, Vegan)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

Loaded with flavor, this healthy Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry is a veggie-lover's dream. These garlicky green beans are vegan and Whole30 compliant.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: green bean stir fry, whole30 vegetable dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 78 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
  • 1 pound green beans ends trimmed and patted dry
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
Sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat a wok on medium-high.

  2. While the wok is heating, mix up the sauce, and set aside. Place a paper towel or newspaper on a plate, set aside.

  3. Add 2 tsp of oil to the wok, and swirl around to coat the surface. Once the oil is smoking, add the green beans, and stir them constantly to keep them from burning. Cook for five minutes until they're blistered and bright green.

  4. Remove them from the wok and place them on the paper towel lined plate.

  5. Add the other tsp of oil to the now-empty wok, and swirl to coat. Add the garlic and ginger, and stir constantly for about 30 seconds.

  6. Add the liquids, and add the beans back to the sauce/ginger/garlic mixture, and stir for another minute. Throw the green onions on top and serve!

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry (Whole30, Paleo, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Potassium 255mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 16.8%
Vitamin C 18.7%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in September 2014. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

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12 comments on “Spicy Green Bean Stir Fry (Whole30, Paleo, Vegan)”

  1. They sound freaking amazing! Can’t wait to try them! I will make them with the black bean pasta I’ve been dying to try.

  2. Those look really good! We found this meal prep place when we lived in Tucson that had a similar type of green bean. Until that point, the hubby wouldn’t touch them. apparently if you make them spicy enough, anyone will try them :0)

    Looks like I need a wok!

  3. Can we read into the *seal salt*? Where do we find that! lol

    Recipe looks yummy!

    • You guys don’t have seal salt where you are? It’s truly great. They gather it with their little cute flippers, and then dry it with their tails until it’s perfect. Truly a delicacy. ;-D

  4. They look amazing.

    P.S As a Brit, it’s “nicked” not “nipped” 😉

    • Teehee! Yes – fellow Brit here. I agree, it’s definitely “nicked”. Bless your Yankee socks! 🙂

      • Thank you for schooling my American speech! I’ve been listening to the book on audiobook, so I wasn’t able to actually see the word.

        PS, we only say yankee for people who live in the northeast (like New York, Jersey, New Hamsphire etc.).

  5. Sounds great! I’m gonna try em in my cast iron though. No more room in the kitchen for a wok.

  6. Sounds delicious!!! I had to reread any wok will work for you a couple of times. I got tongue tied saying it, lol 🙂

  7. Wow, this looks amazing! I need to get down to the farmer’s market and get some fresh green beans this weekend!