These blistered miso green beans are paired with a spicy glaze made from white miso paste, mirin, sesame oil and rice vinegar and are topped with crushed peanuts.
The last few weeks saw my husband suffering from a bad cold, and just when I thought I’d dodged catching it from him, I came down with the same symptoms. Isn’t that the worst? Thinking you’re in the clear, just to wake up with a sore throat and a cough!
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So I spent the week hydrating, drinking tea, and eating toast and cereal. And now that I’m feeling a bit better, I’ve been craving a whole lot of comfort food! Today’s recipe is inspired by Shabu, an asian fusion restaurant we visited in Park City, Utah last winter during a ski trip. Ramen and sushi are two of my favorite Asian dishes, and the versions they serve here are totally delish!
Not to be missed on their menu, however, are the blistered green beans with sweet and spicy miso and roasted peanuts. I want to preface this by saying I am totally not a green beans person, never have been. This dish completely changed my mind about green beans, which was why I had to recreate it at home! The beautifully spicy and sweet Asian-inspired glaze coating the crispy, blistered green beans topped with crunchy peanuts is seriously life-changing!
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This is an insanely easy recipe, and the most important ingredient is actually just the patience to let those green beans char up in the skillet without touching them! Start by whisking together all your ingredients for the sauce, which features a white miso paste and mirin (or a mirin substitute if you have run out) , along with red pepper flakes for some spice and heat. Then get a skillet nice and hot: I like to use a cast iron skillet. It should be large enough to fit your green beans in almost one layer. After you melt the butter and oil together, add the green beans and arrange them in a single layer as best you can. Then leave them alone! In a few minutes they will start to brown and crisp, then you can start stirring them after few minutes until they are nice and blistered all over.
Add the sauce in the last minute of cooking and toss to thoroughly coat the beans with all that sticky goodness. Serve topped with crushed peanuts (you could toast those too in a separate pan if you’d like!).
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- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon white miso paste
- 1 teaspoon mirin
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound green beans, washed and dried with ends trimmed
- 1/3 cup peanuts, roughly chopped and crushed
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, miso paste, mirin, lime juice and red pepper flakes until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large cast iron skillet, melt butter with olive oil over medium-high heat. Add green beans and cook in one layer for about 2 minutes, until they begin to blister and char. Toss green beans and continue to cook, tossing every 2-3 minutes, for about 10-12 minutes until they are cooked through and nicely blistered.
- Add prepared sauce to the skillet, tossing to coat the green beans thoroughly. Transfer to a large serving platter and top with peanuts.