Easy Sesame Green Bean Recipe

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This easy green bean recipe only calls for 5 ingredients, but it is seriously delicious. A simple way to prepare green beans that everyone loves!

We like to serve these green beans with Crispy Ranch Baked Chicken, Chicken Pillows, and Baked Pork Chops, but they are tasty with just about anything.

easy green beans with sesame seeds on a plateSuper Easy Green Bean Recipe

To be perfectly honest, most nights side dishes at my house consist of frozen vegetables or green salad. But every once in awhile I like to liven things up a little. These green beans are so easy I almost hesitate to call them a recipe. But man are they good!

We are lucky enough to get fresh green beans from my parents’ garden, and that is the best way to prepare this side dish. But if all you have is frozen green beans, they will work as well. That’s what I use most of the time.

fresh cooked easy green beans on a plate with chopsticks

A friend gave me this green bean recipe several years ago. I happened to be put in charge of a church dinner that year, and I prepared over 50 serving of these beans. You would not believe how many people came up and asked me how to make them! Everyone love them, and many people came back for seconds.

It’s amazing how just a few simple ingredients can make such a tasty side dish! Even my youngest daughter loves them. She actually likes to eat them french fry style, with her fingers. I know it’s not the best manners, but I let her anyway because she will eat a ton of them that way.

How to make Easy Sesame Green Beans:

If you are using fresh string beans, the hardest part of this recipe is washing and cutting the ends off the beans. If using frozen, you can skip right to the cooking part.

You boil the beans in salted water just till they are barely tender. Don’t overcook them or they will be mushy.

Melt some butter and add soy sauce and sesame seeds. Pour them over the cooked and drained beans. That’s literally it. Told you they were easy!

close up of easy green beans on a plate

Can I use canned beans for this easy green bean recipe?

NO, I do not recommend using canned green beans. The flavor and texture is just not the same. Plus, they are already salted, so you will end up with an overly salted dish of green beans.

Does it matter what kind of sesame seeds I use for these green beans?

I usually just use the regular white sesame seeds, but if you have black sesame seeds, they will work just as well. You can even use some of each.

If you want to get really fancy, you can toast your sesame seeds first. That adds a nice nutty flavor to the green beans.

Next time you need a ridiculously easy side dish, I hope you’ll give these green beans a try!

easy green beans recipe collage

Yield: 4 servings

Easy Sesame Green Bean Recipe

Easy Sesame Green Bean Recipe
Tender crisp green beans covered in a buttery soy sauce glaze, topped with sesame seeds. A perfect side dish!



  1. If using fresh beans, wash and cut off the ends.
  2. Bring a quart of water to a boil, add the salt and green beans. Boil for about 5 minutes, or until crisp tender. Drain.
  3. Melt butter in the microwave, stir in soy sauce and sesame seeds. Pour over cooked beans. Serve hot


If using frozen beans, you only need to boil for a couple minutes, just till they are hot.

Here are a few more tasty side dishes:

Skillet Fried Corn
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
Mozzarella Parmesan Zucchini Bites
Parmesan Roasted Potatoes


  1. Allyson Zea says:

    Oh! Green beans are my absolute favorite! I love serving them with pretty much everything, so I’m definitely going to try this

  2. Fresh green beans are the best! Such a perfect, easy side dish

  3. Amy Huntley says:

    These look delicious and healthy! I can’t wait to try them!

  4. Thanks for sharing this! We love green beans and sesame seeds! Great pairing!

  5. Jennifer Lehner says:

    I love green beans! I can’t wait to make these for Thanksgiving!

  6. A delicious idea for green beans! So tasty!

  7. I’ve been trying to eat healthier and love how simple this is!

  8. Love the nutty flavor sesame seeds add to veggies!

  9. Love how ridiculously easy this is! Definitely a great go-to side dish.

  10. Krissy Allori says:

    This is such an easy way to bring greens to the table at dinnertime!

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