Haaaaaapyy Fridayyyyy! Sorry. I just had to get that out. Friday = bestdayever. Always.
This recipe was a tiny bit elusive. We first had these green beans down at P.F. Chang’s in the Spectrum in Orange County. It was actually one of our first dates!
Two weeks into seeing each other I had to go spend a couple weeks helping run my parents’ businesses while they were on a vacation. I was pretty bummed because who wants to leave their newfangled boyfriend to go work for two weeks? All alone? I jokingly (kind of) told AJ that he should drive down to visit on the weekend, and he was pretty meh about the whole idea. But little did I know that he was planning to surprise me, and Friday afternoon I got a call that he was an hour away and needed directions (ha, yeah). Super stoked new girlfriend!
So that night we went to meander around the Spectrum and find some food to eat. We landed at the bar at P.F. Chang’s because the place was packed, which was definitely okay because it meant that cuddling together over a couple plates of food was imminent. One of the things we ordered was some Spicy Green Beans, and they totally blew us away. I tried for a couple years to get the recipe just right, and I could never figure it out. I tried baking, BBQing, broiling, and sauteing and it was never it.
Then I figured out that the missing piece was not in the method of cooking them, but in the sauce. How to get that sweet, tangy, and spicy sauce all stuck around all the beans? A few more tries and I had it right. The secret? Stop getting all fancy with your spices and just use the best dang hot sauce you can find, and use a lot of it. We like Pico Pica. Turns out sauteing is the best method to cook these, because the sauce gets all up in them green beans. AND if you cook them quick enough they stay crunchy and crispy. No wiggly beans here, thanks.
Oh yeah, and add a BUNCH of garlic. The more, the better.
Spicy Garlic Green Beans
An incredibly simple & easy recipe for Spicy Garlic Green Beans, inspired by P.F. Chang’s restaurant.
- Prep Time: 3 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 13 minutes
- Yield: 2
- Category: Side
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 8 oz green beans, trimmed
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1-2 Tbsp hot sauce, to taste
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and cook, stirring ever minute or so, until they get little blackened spots all over, about 8 minutes.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a measuring cup. If you like it HOT, add 2 Tbsp or more hot sauce. If you like it a bit more mild, just add 1 Tbsp.
- When the green beans are almost done, carefully pour the sauce into the pan. It’ll sizzle viciously and make lots of angry noises. Just stand back and let it do it’s thing for a bit. Then stir and stir until the beans are totally covered in the sauce. Remove from the heat and serve right away!