Blistered green beans with miso and sesame will hit all the right bells and whistles on your taste buds. This is a delicious and extraordinary side dish that will keep you coming back for more!
This delicious vegetable dish has a deeply satisfying flavor.
The mix of the lightly blistered green beans along with miso paste, teriyaki sauce, and sesame oil is highly addictive.
Be aware that you may want to make extra, just to make sure you have enough to share. Or not.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Asian inspired blistered green beans is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
The ingredient list:
- fresh green beans, trimmed and sliced
- grapeseed oil (or other neutral-flavored oil)
- teriyaki sauce (I prefer low sodium)
- miso paste (I used light)
- sesame oil
- black pepper
- sesame seeds
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- large cast-iron skillet or large non-stick skillet
- slotted spatula
- measuring cups and spoons
- small bowl
- plastic wrap
- large microwave-safe bowl
- pepper grinder (optional)
What is miso paste?
Miso paste is that is typically made from fermented soybeans.
What does miso taste like?
When I say this dish will hit all the bells and whistles on your taste buds it's because of miso's "umami" flavor qualities.
Miso is a blend of savory, salty, sweet, and funky (in the very best of ways).
What does umami mean?
In Japanese, the word "umami" roughly translates to "deliciousness."
Can this dish of blistered green beans be made without the miso paste?
Sure. But you'd be happier using the miso and then having a dish that people would remember.
Can blistered green beans be made with frozen or canned green beans?
Tricky question. 😉
Definitely NO for canned green beans (far too much sodium, and far too soft a texture), but as far frozen green beans, I'd say a solid...maybe!
IF you'd like to try this recipe using frozen green beans, thaw them completely first, and then dry them extremely well with paper towels before adding them to the skillet to blister.
Let me know how it works for you if you try it. I'm fairly certain this recipe will still be a success as long as you follow my above suggestions.
There is no salt in the list of ingredients, why?
Since miso paste is made with fermented soybeans the sodium content is already elevated.
Adding additional salt to this recipe would be overkill and would definitely make the dish far too salty.
That said, always taste a dish before serving and adjust the seasonings (if needed), if you personally feel more salt is required.
How long will it take to make blistered green beans?
Approximately 15 minutes which includes the green bean prep time.
The trick to making this dish cook quickly is to lightly pre-cook the green beans in the microwave before adding them to the hot skillet.
Once the precooked beans hit the hot skillet they'll cook relatively quickly.
The key to blistering the green beans well is to leave them alone (without stirring) for several minutes.
The temptation is to stir, but do your best to leave them alone for at least 2-3 minutes and let the hot skillet do the work!
How to make blistered green beans with miso and sesame:
- Wash, and trim 1½ - 2 pounds fresh green beans and place them in a large microwave-safe bowl.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on medium-high for 3 - 3½ minutes.
- Carefully remove the plastic wrap from the bowl and set the beans aside.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the teriyaki sauce, miso paste, and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over high heat.
- Add the grapeseed oil to the skillet along with the prepared and lightly cooked green beans.
- Allow the green beans to cook in the skillet (without turning) for 3 - 3½ minutes to blister.
- Stir the beans lightly and add fresh cracked black pepper to the skillet.
- Cook the beans an additional 2 minutes on high and then reduce the heat to medium.
- Stir the prepared miso sauce into the skillet stirring to coat the beans in the sauce.
- Cook an additional 1 - 1½ minutes to heat through.
- Sprinkle the finished beans with sesame seeds and serve hot.
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*Blistered Green Beans with Miso and Sesame (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's easy and delicious green bean side dish.
Printable Recipe Card
Blistered Green Beans with Miso and Sesame
- 1½ - 2 pounds string beans trimmed and cut into 3" - 4" pieces
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or other neutral flavored light oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1½ tablespoons light miso paste
- ½ teaspoon sesame seed oil toasted
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted, optional
- Put the prepared green beans into a large microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Microwave the beans on half power for 3 - 3½ minutes. Carefully uncover and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the teriyaki sauce, miso paste, and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over very high heat.
- Add the grapeseed oil to the skillet along with the prepared pre-cooked green beans.
- Allow the beans to cook and blister (do NOT stir) for approximately 2½ - 3 minutes.
- Stir gently and add the black pepper to the skillet.
- Allow the beans to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the miso sauce to the skillet.
- Stir well to coat the beans with the sauce.
- Cook for 1 - 2 minutes to heat through.
- Sprinkle the beans with sesame seeds and spoon into a serving bowl.
- Serve hot.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's fast and easy Asian inspired vegetable dish for blistered green beans as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!