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Chinese Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir-Fry

Have you ever had delicious Chinese green beans and ground beef at your go-to Chinese restaurant and wished you could replicate it at home? If so, you are in for a treat!

Chinese green beans and ground beef stir fry
Green beans and ground beef Chinese recipe

In this post, I will share a practical and easy-to-follow Chinese recipe that you can prepare in your own kitchen using basic ingredients and a simple cooking method. Not only is it budget-friendly to enjoy Chinese cuisine, but it’s also a healthier alternative to ordering takeout.

ingredients for Chinese Green Beans and Ground Beef recipe
Ingredients for Chinese Ground Beef and Green Beans

🍳Ingredients

  • Green beans: Opting for fresh green beans is the ideal choice, but if unavailable, frozen green beans can be used as an alternative.
  • Oil: Chinese stir-fry dishes typically require a generous amount of oil. However, if health is a concern, using olive oil is a suitable alternative.
  • Ground beef: For this recipe, it’s recommended to use ground beef with a higher fat percentage, around 10 to 15 percent fat, as it is more flavourful and won’t dry out during cooking. Alternatively, pork with a lean-to-fat ratio of 7 to 3 can be used as a substitute.
  • Oyster sauce: Oyster sauce has become increasingly popular in modern Chinese cuisine, due to the seafood-like flavor it imparts to dishes. However, if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute it with the same amount of soy sauce to achieve the desired level of saltiness.
  • Fried garlic: I prefer using pre-made fried garlic for its convenience, but you can also fry fresh garlic before preparing the recipe.
How to cut the green beans quickly
cutting green beans

🔪How to prepare green beans

How to cut the green beans quickly?

While it can be relaxing to pick through green beans while watching TV, we often find ourselves short on time. One trick is to grab a handful of beans and create a neat pile. Then, align the ends of the beans against the edge of your knife and simply cut them off.

How to deep-fry the green beans?

Firstly, dry them thoroughly with a towel to prevent the oil from splattering. Next, heat the oil to medium and cook the beans until they’re tender and the skin is slightly wrinkled and golden. When cooking in a home kitchen, it’s sufficient for the oil to cover only half of the beans. Make sure to turn the beans occasionally to ensure even cooking throughout.

deep frying green beans in oil
Deep-frying green beans

🥘 Instructions

Step 1: Deep frying the green beans:

Add oil and green beans in a saucepan over medium heat. Deep-fry the green beans until the skin is slightly wrinkled and golden in color. Once done, turn off the heat and set the beans aside. Remove the excess oil, leaving only two tablespoons in the pan for the next step. In a small bowl, mix together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, and rice wine.

Step 2: Frying ground beef:

Set the heat to medium and add the ground beef. Stir-fry until the beef is slightly golden in color. Next, add the mixing sauce and continue cooking for 10-20 seconds until the sauce has evaporated and the beef is sizzling.

Step 3: Mixing in green beans and stir fry:

Add the cooked green beans and fried garlic to the pan. Stir-fry until everything is nicely mixed and sizzling, approximately 1-2 minutes.

Chinese green beans and ground beef stir fry
Chinese green beans and ground beef

📍Recipe Tips

  • To avoid oil splattering, make sure to dry the beans thoroughly before deep-frying.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of green beans and ground beef to your personal preference.
  • To add some extra flavor, you can sprinkle some chili flakes during step three.
  • It’s recommended to stick to serving sizes of 1-3 for this Chinese stir-fry recipe, as cooking a large quantity can make it difficult to ensure all the ingredients sizzle and cook evenly.
Chinese green beans and ground beef stir fry
Chinese green beans and ground beef stir fry

🔎 FAQ

Q: Can I use frozen green beans in this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use frozen green beans. However, it is important to defrost and dry them completely before adding them to the oil to prevent splattering.

Q: How can this dish be served?

It can be served with rice or used as a topping for noodle soup.

Q: How should I store any leftovers?

A: The dish is best enjoyed when served hot and freshly cooked. However, you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat them in the microwave. Just keep in mind that the taste and texture may not be as good as when the dish was just cooked.

More delicious green beans and ground beef recipes:

Green beans, pork ribs, and rice Slow cook one pot meal

Ground beef pasta Infuse your pasta dish with an Asian twist.

Ground beef pastries A piece of heaven at every bite!

Ground beef and glass noodles. A speedy stir fry dish made with beef and noodles.

Chinese green beans and ground beef stir fry
Chinese green beans and ground beef stir fry

Give this delicious Chinese Green Beans recipe a try and enjoy the tasty combination of green beans and ground beef!

Chinese green beans and ground beef stir fry

Chinese Green Beans and Ground Beef

Try this easy Chinese green beans and ground beef stir-fry. Delivers in just 15 minutes. Few ingredients, BIG flavour, perfect texture in minutes. Enjoy over rice or noodles!
Author: Lei
5 from 6 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Lactose
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 300 g green beans (ends trimmed and cut in half)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon fried garlic

Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine

Instructions

  • Deep frying the green beans: Add oil and green bean in a saucepan over medium heat. Deep-fry the green beans until the skin is slightly wrinkled and golden in color. Once done, turn off the heat and set the beans aside. Remove the excess oil, leaving only two tablespoons in the pan for the next step. In a small bowl, mix together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, and rice wine.
  • Frying ground beef: Set the heat to medium and add the ground beef. Stir-fry until the beef is slightly golden in color. Next, add the mixing sauce and continue cooking for 10-20 seconds until the sauce has evaporated and the beef is sizzling.
  • Mixing in green beans and stir fry: Add the cooked green beans and fried garlic to the pan. Stir-fry until everything is nicely mixed and sizzling, approximately 1-2 minutes.

Recipe Notes:

  • To avoid oil splattering, make sure to dry the beans thoroughly before deep-frying.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of green beans and ground beef to your personal preference.
  • To add some extra flavor, you can sprinkle some chili flakes during step three.
  • It’s recommended to stick to serving sizes of 1-3 for this Chinese stir-fry recipe, as cooking a large quantity can make it difficult to ensure all the ingredients sizzle and cook evenly.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 1345kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 24gFat: 135gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 32gMonounsaturated Fat: 81gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 672mgPotassium: 689mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1035IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 4mg

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One Comment

  1. Lora Myers

    5 stars
    Used my airfryer and canned green beans and it was amazing! Thanks for your recipe I fried the ground beef in the skillet, drained it and fried the garlic. Removed the garlic and added the beef back to skillet with the sauce. Airfryer at 450 degrees for approximately 15 minutes stirring 2-3 times and sprayed cooking oil on them for a reduced fat version!

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