Monday, March 8, 2010

Green Beans With Black Sesame Dressing


This is a delicious and addictive side dish that I first tasted a few years back at a local Japanese restaurant and I was lucky enough to find the recipe in a cookbook. You may use toasted white sesame seeds for the paste instead and asparagus, spinach can be used instead of the green beans.
Recipe adopted from Harumi's Japanese Cooking



you'll need;
300 g of green beans
4 tbs of black sesame seeds
2 tbs of mirin
1 tbs of castor sugar
2 tbs of Japanese soy
dash of sesame oil (not in the original recipe but I think it adds an extra dimension to this dish)



Top and tail the beans, slice the bean lengthwise then crosswise.



Blanch green beans for 2 minutes and refresh under cold running water and drain well.




Prepare the paste by pounding everything til you get a nice smooth paste, check for seasonings.

Mix sesame paste with green beans. 

Serve as a side dish as part of a Japanese or Korean meal.

50 comments:

  1. Harumi's recipes are fantastic! Is that what you call these in Oz - green beans? Cos at first I thought you were referring to the actual bean (like green bean soup)!! We call these french beans here. Interesting how diff places name their ingredients. I must try this. It looks so healthy and yummy!

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  2. Wow! I love new recipes for green beans. They're fantastic as a side or main.

    And to add black sesame seeds? Heaven!

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  3. OOOoooooo... I must try this.. I shall let you know if I bomb out of this!

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  4. A very interesting recipe dear:) using black sesame is a great idea:)

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  5. I love using sesame seeds in cooking, this is a must try for me! :)

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  6. I had it with spinach before and fell in love with it instantly! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  7. My favourite! You are right about using spinach and asparagus too!

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  8. This is really intresting and unique dish...What is mirin?

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  9. Ju,
    It is a good book, just found out that she is really big in Japan :)
    we call it green beans or french beans here too. You can make this for your husband since this is vegetarian :)

    Brisbane Baker,
    Please try it! It is very delicious!

    msihua ,
    Please do and let me know :)

    Rachana Kothari ,
    Thank you! :)

    rosa,
    Me too! do try it!

    KL girl in MELB,
    Oh it is great you have tried this before!

    little panda,
    Thank you! :)

    Jagruti,
    Thank you! Mirin is a sweet cooking wine available from Asian grocer.

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  10. Oh yeah, and I hope you don't mind, I've added you on to my blogroll =)

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  11. I like the simplicity of this recipe. I'll always enjoyed the flavors of sesame oil and green beans, this recipe sounds intriguing.

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  12. Great recipe, I can imagine just how tasty this would be.

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  13. It sounds like a really interesting dish! I'll try making some soon!

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  14. Sounds fabulous, I really like green beans but often get a bit stuck in a rut, preparing them the same way all the time. Thanks for a new idea.

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  15. 就像用芝麻醬一樣啊!很有新鮮感!

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  16. The greens beans are looking mighty good! An excellent side-dish!

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  17. I like this simple recipe with black sesame seeds.

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  18. Sounds like a very delicious side dish! I might try it with white sesame seeds since I have some at the moment!

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  19. These two ingredients are my favourite. Looks so delicious!

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  20. This is really healthy! It looks really delicious!

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  21. WOW! never thought black seasame can be done in this way. hmm but i m too lazy to try this time.

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  22. Cool! I have never thought of using black sesame paste to stir-fry greens...how creative and unique!

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  23. This look so healthy and refreshing ! I still have a big tin of organic black sesame, must try this soon.

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  24. I love green beans and Japanese food.
    Fantastic recipe.
    Kisses

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  25. that looks very good an dinteresting n very very healthy......i will try this...what can i use in place of mirin dyu think?

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  26. Great recipe, I think it sounds perfect with the beans. I want to try this! I even have all the ingredients...except the beans!

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  27. I bet this is really delicious...I am always looking for new ways to cook veggies.

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  28. I love the black sesame dressing, awesome!

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  29. Another interesting dish..I love the fierce flavor of black sesame seeds..But never had it in a dressing :-)

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  30. This is interesting. Never tried cooking with black sesame seeds!

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  31. That sounds so good, I love sesame and green beans. Definitely something I'd like to try.

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  32. what a lovely green beans reecipe..and with sesame paste gives adequate special effect and taste to beans...awesome...

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  33. I have never cooked with black sesame. This looks very interesting. I'm sure there's great flavour.

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  34. Sesame dressing! That sounds delicious!

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  35. Thank you everyone for your comments and I hope you'll try it soon :)

    msihua,
    Absolutely! :)

    zurin,
    I have tried it without mirin, it is still delicious. Just adjust the sugar accordingly :)

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  36. I love the colours and the way you cook your green beans, it's really gorgeous and so original !

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  37. Another simple but effective menu choice from the tummies ... I am so glad I got onto your site!! I pretty much have every ingredient for this so it will be a quick and easy side for tonight's meal ... oh and I used your Sambal Kangkong recipe as a guide last night ... many many thanks!

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  38. Great side dish! I think I have tried the spinach version but couldn;t really work out what was in it.

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  39. Love the idea of using black sesame seeds as a dressing, might be my first time using black sesame seeds :)

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  40. chapot,
    Thank you! It looks better than the photo too :)

    Temasek,
    Thank you very much! :) I hope your kang kong turned out well too!

    Tricia,
    Thank you! Now you can make your own!

    darren,
    Good luck trying! :)

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  41. That is a tasty side dish!! Black sesame seeds look so apart & this dish must be so lovely!!



    Yummmmmm,....!!!

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  42. That looks very tasty! I love how unpredictable your blog is, in a good way of course! :)

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  43. We have some black sesame seeds left , I'm going to try this over the weekend. Is our Thai week this week :)

    Sophia xxx

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  44. Sophie,
    Thank you! it is a must try!

    love to eat,
    Haha I think I'm unpredictable, that's why I like doing themes otherwise i'm all over the place!

    Sophia darling,
    Oh you must! I received some phots from Vijay already, good work! xxx

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  45. I do love a good vegetable with sesame seed oil. Definitely doing this. Simple but packed with goodly ingredients.

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  46. A very healthy and simple recipe!~

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  47. I made this last night for dinner but I changed up the recipe a bit. I couldnt find black sesame seeds so I used 4T of tahini and 4 T of sesame seeds. I did use about 1t of sesame seed oil as well. I put it over steamed greens - a mix of kale, swiss chard and spinach. It was incredible! Will definitely make again. If anyone knows of it, i'd love to buy black sesame seed paste (tahini). Thanks!

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  48. Lisaarnoff,
    I like the sound of your version :)
    I have never seen tahini made from black sesame seeds before. But u should be able to find chinese sesame paste (zimajiang) from any good Asian grocer :)

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