Green beans with sesame seeds and soy sauce

Recipe by Akemi Yokoyama

  • Time needed: 20 minutes
  • Calories per serving:
  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Rating: 5.00 based on 1 review

Perfect supplement to your main course or on its own as a starter, this simple Japanese recipe is delicious and fresh in your eyes. You may use the sesame seeds out of a packet if you are short of time, but roasting brings such an intense aroma it is worth spending extra 5 minutes. When you finish roasting, I’ll just wipe the surface of the frying pan with a kitchen towel, then put it away. Easy!


• 150g fresh green beans or french beans
• 2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
• 2 teaspoon soy sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon honey
• A pinch of salt


1. Wash and trim the green beans.
2. Boil water in a sauce pan and add the beans and a pinch of salt, cook for 3 minutes or until lightly cooked over medium heat, then cool under cold water in a sieve for a minute. Drain well and leave aside.
3. Dry roast the sesame seeds in a frying pan over low heat, keep stirring. Stop the heat when they turn slightly brown. Immediately transfer the sesame seeds to avoid them being further cooked in the hot frying pan.
3. Add the honey and soy sauce into the bowl and mix well.
4. Cut the beans in half and add the them to (3). Mix well to serve.

4 reviews for “Green beans with sesame seeds and soy sauce”

  • review by:
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    Sounds good, but perhaps it would be best to leave out the honey altogether? How about replacing it with a mix of rice wine vinegar and sesame oil? (I reckon id o put a few slivers of ginger in also ) .. I’m sure that not going to be authentic though..

  • review by:
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    Hi Laska, thanks for the comment. Of course. Leave out honey and use sesami oil instead to introduce a bit of mildness and extra flavour. A recipe as simple as this can be modified in any way you like!

  • review by:

    This recipe is delicious and feels really filling. Makes a great side dish. For the amount of honey used its not worth changing. Absolutely essential that the sesame seeds are roasted!

  • review by:
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    This should not be tagged as vegan as it contains honey. But this can be substituted out of the recipie.

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