Chinese dry fried green beans is a classic Szechuan dish: Green beans are charred in a hot wok along with savory ground pork, garlic, ginger, and chiles.
Chinese Dry Fried Green Beans is a Perfect Side Dish
These Chinese Dry Fried Green Beans are my take on the classic Sichuan dish that is usually studded with ground pork. The first time I used bacon in this dish was simply because I had it in the fridge, but I loved the hit of smoky flavor. I love it as a side dish because it's mostly vegetable, but packed with flavor not just from the bacon, but also ginger, garlic, and chili paste.
To be authentic, the dish also should have Sichuan peppercorns and preserved mustard greens. These are delicious additions, but you probably don't have them in your pantry. You can buy them at an Asian market and add them along with the chile paste and soy sauce. This recipe is a simplified version that uses ingredients you likely already have on hand or can find easily in your regular supermarket.
What does dry fried mean?
Dry frying means cooking in a very hot pan with little oil and other liquid. The idea is to dry out the food being fried and char the outside, giving it both flavor and texture, as well as nooks and crannies for the seasonings to stick to. The result is similar to what you get by cooking food on a very hot grill. Any liquids used to season the dish, like soy sauce or chile paste, are added after the food is dry fried.
Can I make this dish without a wok?
Yes, absolutely. I don’t use a wok. I use a large cast-iron skillet, which gets very hot, like a wok, so it is great for getting that charred and blistered effect on your green beans.
What should I serve with Chinese Dry Fried Green Beans?
I like to serve this dish with steamed rice. Personally, I like brown rice, but white rice is good, too. The combination makes a great meal.
- 2 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
- 1 pound green beans, trimmed
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili paste
- Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until browned and crisp. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and drain off the excess bacon grease (leave just enough to coat the bottom of the pan).
- Add the green beans and salt to the pan and cook, stirring, until they begin to blister and brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add the sesame oil and toss the green beans to distribute it throughout the pan (which by now is probably dry.) Add the garlic and ginger and return the bacon to the pan. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the chili paste and soy sauce and stir for about 30 seconds more, until well combined. Remove from the heat and transfer the beans to a serving platter. Serve hot.
Amount Per Serving Calories 100Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 6mgSodium 579mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 5g