Bright, crisp and spicy with crushed green peppercorns, fresh red chile pepper and garlic, these green beans will add lots of flavor and color to your meal. If you can't find Chinese yardlong or 'snake' beans, then regular green beans will do just fine.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, using the bottom of a glass or jar, crush the peppercorns into a coarse pulp. Stir in the cilantro.

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  • Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in beans, garlic, brown sugar, chile pepper, peppercorns and cilantro. Stir-fry for 45 seconds. Pour in the water and cover to steam for about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

68.7 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 9.9g 3% DV; fat 2.4g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 143.9mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I have to confess. I didn't have green peppercorns. I just used a lot of freshly ground black pepper. THE BEANS WERE AMAZING!! I used the leftovers in a stir-fry the next day. I can't wait to buy green peppercorns to see what the difference is! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/06/2007
Do not try this recipe with ground black pepper and dried red chile flakes.I used 1 tbs black pepper and found that the pepper was way too overpowering. I didn't like the recipe so I would suggest following the recipe instead of substituting. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I have to confess. I didn't have green peppercorns. I just used a lot of freshly ground black pepper. THE BEANS WERE AMAZING!! I used the leftovers in a stir-fry the next day. I can't wait to buy green peppercorns to see what the difference is! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I was looking for these asian beans and these were great. I followed the recipe the first time and felt they weren't done enough. Since then I have made them many times but fry for 5 minutes and steam for 5 minutes (or so). The beans stay crunchy but are much better IMO. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2004
Yowza!!! The submitter of this recipe (Annabel) is going to cringe when she reads that I tried this will canned french style green beans - but that was all I had - couldn't get to the store for fresh beans and I wanted to jazz up canned beans. I have a few recipes that do that but I decided to try this. I used all the ingredients Annabel suggested - I ended up grinding the peppercorns with dried cilantro with my mortar (again-all I had at the time). Then I heated up the oil, added everything except for the drained canned beans - sauteed everything for 60 sec., then added the beans and heated through. No one suspected they were canned and everyone loved them. I ended up admitting I used canned and shared the recipe. Annabel, I will do you justice and do this again using the real thing next time. This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
I added some hot mustard at the very end of this recipe to balance the sweetness a bit. Served this as a side dish at a party and everyone wanted the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2005
so so so so good! this is my favorite recipe i've found so far on this site. my boyfriend says it tastes "gourmet". so much flavour! i recommend this to anyone. i believe this recipe would really impress any guests. you can adjust the spiciness by adjusting the amt of red chili. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2011
I think this is an excellent recipe if you're using the ingredients exactly listed. While the green peppercorns aren't totally necessary (used black pepper here), it is absolutely essential to be able to use yardlong beans. They are less sweet than the western versions of green beans, which helps bring to life the sugar in the recipe. I also subbed red chile pepper with about a tablespoon of Asian hot chile sauce and it turned out quite well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I fix these with so many different meals now. I am so glad I found this recipe. So very simple!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
These are fabulous. I've added it to my menu and my customers love it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2004
This was very good. Aesthitically pleasing too. I used only regular green beans.:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/06/2007
Do not try this recipe with ground black pepper and dried red chile flakes.I used 1 tbs black pepper and found that the pepper was way too overpowering. I didn't like the recipe so I would suggest following the recipe instead of substituting. Read More
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