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Szechuan Green Beans

These SPICY CHINESE SZECHUAN GREEN BEANS are the perfect side dish for your next Asian meal. They may be low carb, but they pack huge flavor with plenty of garlic, ginger, and spice.

Overhead view of Szechuan green beans in black bowl.

My family and I love to support local restaurants, especially since that gives me the night off of cooking.

However, the one cuisine that I always struggle with while eating out is Asian food.

It tends to be full of sweet, sugary sauces and a lot of the foods are breaded and deep fried. (At least, the Asian foods that I like are this way, haha!)

We’ve ended up creating a few of our own recipes to satisfy those Asian take out cravings from home and they’re all nearly as easy as calling in an order and picking it up. 😉

These Szechuan green beans might just be my new favorite – I actually made a batch of these and munched on them while watching tv the other night. <— Weird, but true.

The flavors here are strong and bold and the spicy green beans are really hard to resist!

black plate full of keto Asian green beans.

Ingredients & Tools Needed:

  • Wok: I normally make these in my wok, but you’ll see that we made them in our cast iron for the video. Either work great!
  • Green Beans: We prefer fresh green beans here, but frozen will also work fine. Do not use canned green beans.
  • Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos: Soy sauce gives these green beans a deep, savory, salty flavor. Many people following a keto diet don’t eat soy, so feel free to swap that for coconut aminos.
  • Sambal Oelek: This is a chili pasta made of just ground chiles, vinegar, and salt. It has a bright, clean flavor with loads of spice. A little goes a long way. You can substitute chili garlic paste or sriracha, if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Sweetener: We add just a pinch of sweetener to balance out the acidity and saltiness of this dish. We use and recommend Lakanto monkfruit sweeteners for the best taste. Use code THATLOWCARBLIFE for 20% off your order at Lakanto.com.
close up of Asian green beans with spices.

How to make Chinese green beans:

We prefer to use fresh green beans for the best taste and texture in this recipe.

You’ll want to start by rinsing the beans and trimming the ends.

Add oil to your wok or skillet and heat until the oil is shimmering.

Toss in your beans and stir fry for around 5 minutes to soften up the green beans.

Add the soy sauce (or coconut aminos), rice vinegar, chili paste, ginger, garlic, sweetener, and water and stir well to coat the green beans in the sauce.

Continue cooking until the sauce has reduced down and most of the liquid has evaporated.

Remove from the heat and drizzle the green beans with a bit of sesame oil just before serving.

green beans on black plate with fork.

Is soy sauce keto?

I personally believe that keto is more about the number of carb that you consume (meaning you eat few enough carbs that your body is in ketosis), but many people exclude specific ingredients from a keto diet.

Those ingredients often include sugar, wheat, and soy.

If you prefer to not eat soy, you’ll want to use coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce here.

What to serve with these spicy green beans:

These spicy green beans are a perfect side dish with our keto chicken stir fry and steak stir fry.

Other Asian inspired favorites include my cauliflower chicken fried rice and this egg roll in a bowl.

More low carb green bean recipes:

overhead view of Asian green beans on black plate.

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black plate full of keto Asian green beans.

Szechuan Green Beans

These spicy Asian green beans are so simple to make and they have loads of big, bold flavors. You can increase the spice by adding extra chili paste or increase the sweetness with a bit more sweetener.

Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  1. Wash and trim the green beans.
  2. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the oil and heat until shimmering.
  3. Add the green beans to the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, chili paste, ginger, garlic, sweetener, and water and continue cooking, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated. 
  5. Drizzle with sesame oil just before serving.


We use and love Lakanto monkfruit for the sweetener. Use code THATLOWCARBLIFE for 20% off your order at Lakanto.com.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 670mgCarbohydrates: 10gNet Carbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

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11 thoughts on “Szechuan Green Beans”

  1. Becky Turner

    Gave these ago last night and really enjoyed them. Going to try the sauce with other vegetables !

  2. Katie Girardot

    You say to use Lakanto for the sweetener but there is no sweetner listed in the in the ingredients

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