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Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans


Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans

Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans

You have the turkey, the stuffing, the cranberries, the potatoes, and the pumpkin pie all planned out.  But what about the green beans?

Do you love green bean casserole like I do, but don’t like the calories in that innocent looking dish?  Give this lighter and simpler recipe a try:  Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans. And don’t save it for just Thanksgiving – this side dish is easy enough for any day.

You can sometimes find bags of fresh (not frozen) green beans in the produce section that say “steam in bag”.  I bought a bag and used it for this dish.

Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans

Recipe by Striving Bean


  • Fresh green beans (not frozen). As many as you think you’ll need for your guests.
    Snap off ends of green beans.
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (or toast your own from these instructions).
    Can add more if desired.
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • Sea salt to taste


  1. Boil a pot of water, large enough for the green beans
  2. When water is boiling, carefully place green beans in pot
  3. Blanche (boil) green beans for 2 minutes.  This is to quickly soften the texture of green beans. Don’t skip this step.
  4. Drain green beans.
  5. Heat sesame oil in a pan, medium high heat.
  6. Place well-drained green beans in pan.
  7. Add sesame seeds and sea salt.
  8. Sautée for a few minutes.
  9. Serve warm.

Our family weighs in:

  • Everybody like this easy side dish, my husband especially.

Will you be making green beans for Thanksgiving?

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10 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Sesame Green Beans

  1. Migdalia - @MsLatina

    Can you believe I have never seasoned them?! We eat our veggies steamed. When I make salad we don’t use salad dressing either. Everyone thinks we’re weird but I love the raw flavors.

    However, I know many don’t so I will try this dish the next time we make it for company. Thank you Micaela!

  2. Lisa

    I love green beans. My fave vegetable. I usually make mine with fresh garlic and olive oil and it’s delish. Maybe I’ll add in sesame seeds for a nutty flavor. Thx for sharing.

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