For my first recipe for 2022, I chose these garlic green beans (Kkeopjilkong maneul bokkeum: 껍질 콩 마늘 볶음), something I always make and just happen to be healthy. When I need some green stuff as a side dish, I often choose this or sigeumchi-namul. I love the texture of well-cooked and stir-fried green beans with onions and lots of garlic. It’s a great side dish for rice.
When I lived in Korea, green beans were an unusual ingredient, but these days it’s a different story and many Koreans cook with them. Green beans are known to be packed with vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. They are also full of antioxidants which are good for the heart and gut, are low in calories and help in a healthy pregnancy! So when I cook this dish I love the taste and texture and after eating it I feel healthy.
I usually gain two pounds and eat a lot of them, but for this recipe I make one pound of them. If you find that you like them as much as I do, double the recipe next time!
- 1 pound green beans, washed, drained, and cut in half crosswise
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 to 12 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- Bring 3 cups of water in a large saucepan to a boil over medium-high heat. Salt is added.
- Add the beans and cook for 7 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to cook evenly.
- Take off the fire. Strain the cereal through a strainer over a bowl. Reserve ½ cup of the cooked bean water for later use.
- Put the same pot on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-high.
- Add the vegetable oil and garlic, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 1 minute, until the garlic begins to become slightly crunchy and light brown.
- Add beans, 1 cup cooked water, soy sauce, and onions.
- Cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally and stirring with the wooden spoon, until the soy sauce mixture has boiled and the beans are flavorful and tender.
- Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl or serving plate and serve with rice. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.