Chinese-style stir fried green beans

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been busy updating this blog. Whilst it won’t look like much has changed, many of the updates have been happening behind the scenes as I have changed to a self-hosted site. I won’t bore you with all the details, but during this update I have noticed that so many of my recipes have been main meals. I seem to have neglected the side dishes that often make a meal memorable. So I’ve made it my mission to change this over the year. It seemed only fitting to start with a side dish that I love to make during Chinese New Year, which has only recently ended. This side dish packs a serious punch, as it’s full of aromatics; Sichuan peppercorns, ginger, garlic and fresh chilli. If you’re a little shy of a bit of heat, then omit the chilli. This serves 4.

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4cm piece of fresh ginger, grated or diced as small as possible
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 fresh red chilli, diced
  • 500g green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, to garnish


  • Place a frying pan over a medium- high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the oils and the ginger, garlic and chilli. Stir fry for a minute, constantly stirring and making sure that the garlic does not brown but softens. Lower the heat if needed.
  • Add the green beans and fry for a further 3-5 minutes or until the beans have become tender.
  • Meanwhile, using a mortar and pestle, grind the Sichuan peppercorns. Then add them to the frying pan. Stir to combine.
  • Add the oyster sauce and stir to combine. Stir fry for a further 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
  • Serve, garnished with sesame seeds, and enjoy!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nyasha says:

    I just bought a mortar and pestle. It’s a sign ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Annik says:

      Definitely a sign! Hope you like this recipe as much as I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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