Sautéed Green Beans With Orange Sesame Glaze

Total Time: 20 minutes active

Servings: 4

The holidays are just around the corner. It’s time to start planning menus for upcoming dinners, brunches, and parties. Green Beans with Orange Sesame Glaze are a delicious twist on the otherwise boring vegetable. The sesame oil adds a nice aroma to these zesty-sweet, a little bit savory, and a whole lot a flavor side dish! Dry-sautéing the green beans gives them a nice crunch, making this dish different than the regular holiday green bean casserole.


  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Wash the green beans, drain thoroughly, dry the beans with a towel, (make sure there is no moisture left on the green beans, the water will make the oil splatter) and trim the tops and bottoms.

  2. Dry-Frying: In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon grape seed oil over medium heat. Add the green beans and stir-fry until they start to wrinkle and shrivel a little (6 to 7 minutes). If you have a smaller wok or pan, you may do this in batches.

  3. Remove the green beans from the wok and drain in a metal colander or mesh strainer.

  4. Make the sauce: return the wok back to medium heat. Add the orange juice, honey, and black pepper. Stir-fry for a few seconds, until it bubbles up and becomes a sticky sauce.

  5. Turn heat down to low, Add the green beans back into the wok, and mix the beans into the sauce.

  6. Turn off heat, add the sesame oil, and gently toss to coat the green beans until they glisten.

  7. Plate and sprinkle on the sesame seeds. Serve hot.