Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Ground Beef


This green bean and ground beef stir-fry is seasoned with fragrant white pepper, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Serve over rice or rice noodles.

Garlic green beans and crispy ground beef
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds green beans, trimmed and halved

  • ½ cup sliced scallion whites, plus sliced scallion greens for garnish

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large flat-bottom wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, breaking into large pieces with a wooden spoon, until well browned and crispy, 4 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, then transfer to a small bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, Shaoxing (or sherry), sesame oil, fish sauce, sugar and white pepper in a small bowl. Set next to the stove.

  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons canola oil in the pan. Add green beans and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly charred and tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add scallion whites, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar mixture, reserved beef and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until well coated, about 1 minute. Serve sprinkled with scallion greens, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
20g Fat
16g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Vitamin A 1307IU 26%
Vitamin C 25mg 28%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 69mcg 17%
Vitamin K 108mcg 90%
Sodium 526mg 23%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 62mg 15%
Potassium 604mg 13%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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