Sweet and Sticky Garlicky Green Beans Recipe -- Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan

I love green beans. I generally make them very simply because they are good any way you make them, and why not just do something easy. But recently I decided that I wanted sweet and sticky green beans even though I'd never had them before. I knew though it would be delicious and was craving them, and I was sure I'd be able to figure out how to make them. 

I posted on my Facebook page that I was going to make sweet and sticky green beans and not to ask me for a recipe since I was making it up on the spot, and what do you know, everyone wanted to know the recipe (irony, right?). So extra pressure to get it right!

Well, I have to say it was everything I wanted and more. Was it as sticky as I wanted it? Na, it could have been stickier, but the taste was the bomb and it fit all the criteria I was looking for. And it took some playing around to get it sticky (especially since frozen green beans start out wet). But definitely make these. I based the idea on sweet and sticky chicken recipes I've seen and I want to experiment with this sauce on other foods (sweet and sticky tofu, I'm looking at you!).

The recipe as written (providing you choose the right ingredient option) is both Paleo and vegan, not to mention gluten free. But eat it no matter what diet you follow (or don't follow) as long as you like sweet, Asian style, and green beans. (Being a garlic lover definitely is a help.)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sweet and Sticky Garlicky Green Beans Recipe -- Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan

~1 kilogram/2 lbs frozen green beans. Either one big bag or two or more smaller bags.
1/2 cup jaggery syrup, maple syrup or honey
1/4 cup gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 
1/4 cup sesame seeds 
8 cloves garlic 
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1-2 teaspoons potato, corn, or tapioca starch 

1. Defrost your green beans.

2. Peel and chop up your garlic cloves.

3. Mix all the rest of the ingredients other than greenbeans together until mostly uniform.

4. Add the green beans and mix well.

5. Lay out on a lined oven tray and bake from 15-30 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates and none is left on the tray. Don't put this in a baking pan because then the liquid will pool on the bottom and while still tasty it won't be sticky.

Serve either hot or cold!


Are you a fan of green beans? How do you like to make them? Does this look like a recipe you'd try? What else would you use this sauce on?

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  1. This really sounds good, and I love that it uses frozen beans. (Fresh are expensive right now.)
    Usually I just toss in oil and sprinkle with salt and then roast them. yum.

  2. I really like green beans, but unfortunately where i live they arent available that often. They are sold canned and frozen though but those are very expensive and for that reason i refuse to buy those. But when i happen to find fresh green beans i usually buy about 5 kgs and freeze them. I use them for many dishes really, just steamed to eat plain, in salads, couscous/stews and other Tunisian dishes. And i also like them to prepare the Dutch-Indonesian way along with rice. I will defenitely try these. (I use my own soy sauce alternative because its hard to find soy sauce in Tunisia.)

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