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Yellow Wax Beans with
Garlic Chili Sauce

Posted by Denise on June 15, 2012

yellow wax beans in flowered bowl

Slightly crunchy, garlicky and spicy, these beans hit all of our taste buds just right.

We are really excited about this yellow wax bean recipe. We bought some really beautiful yellow wax beans from a vendor at the farmers’ market a couple of weeks ago. I waited a couple of days to do something with them because I didn’t know what to do with them. I don’t remember ever cooking yellow wax beans before. I started looking through my massive cookbook collection and came across an interesting recipe in The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook that used green beans. We altered it slightly as shown below and it was terrific. We are sooo hooked on yellow wax beans cooked like this!

As the water for cooking the beans is coming up to a boil, prepare the ice water bath in a bowl to have it ready. Once the beans have boiled for 3 or so minutes, they can overcook quickly if the ice water isn’t ready. They don’t have to sit in the ice water for more than a minute. The idea isn’t to make the beans cold, but to stop the cooking process.

This recipe comes together very quickly, so make sure you have your other meal components nearly ready before making these. If you have all of your ingredients ready, it only takes about 10 minutes to make Yellow Wax Beans with Garlic Chili Sauce. 


Yellow Wax Beans with

Garlic Chili Sauce




 yellow wax beans with garlic chili sauce ingredients





pound yellow wax beans


teaspoons olive oil


small sweet peppers, sliced into rings or 1 bell pepper, cut into strips


teaspoon chili paste or red pepper flakes


clove fresh garlic, minced finely


teaspoons sesame oil


teaspoon salt


freshly ground pepper, to taste, optional






1.     Wash and snap the ends of the bean off, then snap or cut them into 2” pieces.


2.    Fill a large saucepan three-fourths of the way full of water and bring it to a boil. Add the beans and let them boil for about 3 minutes. While the beans are cooking, fill a large bowl with ice water and have it ready for the beans. When the beans are cooked to where they are tender-crisp, drain them and immediately plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve the pretty color of the beans. Drain them again.


simmering yellow wax beans


cold water bath for yellow wax beans 


3.    In a large sauté pan, skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sweet pepper to the oil and cook, tossing and stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the beans and cook for an additional minute.

 slicing peppers 


4.     Add the chile paste or red pepper flakes and garlic and stir, cooking for another minute or so. Drizzle the sesame oil over the top of the beans. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.  

sauteing peppers adding sauce  adding chili paste 

yellow wax beans with garlic chili sauce in green bowl


yellow wax beans with garlic chili sauce in bowl


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