Green Beans with Mirin

Lightly steamed Green Beans served with a Japanese style dressing is very simple and tasty and suitable for numerous diets. Serve it either warm or cold.

Make this vegetable the basis of a nutritious, light vegan meal. Add more seeds or replace with nuts to provide adequate protein; and serve it with steamed brown or wild rice.

The dressing can be poured over a wide variety of vegetables, providing a tasty accompaniment; try lightly steamed carrots, chard, bok choy or broccoli.

Diets for which Green Beans with Mirin are suitable

Diabetic, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 10 mins | Cook: 2+10 mins each| Serves: 2

300 gm green beans*
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp mirin (or sherry)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds**
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds


TRIM stem-end off the beans if necessary.
STEAM the beans for approximately 2 minutes until they begin to soften but retain some texture.
DRAIN and refresh under cold water.
PAT dry in a tea towel of kitchen paper and place in a bowl.
COMBINE and mix the soy, mirin and sesame oil and pour over the warm beans.
STIR the dressing through the beans to ensure they are completely coated.
DRY ROAST the seeds over a medium heat. This takes 3-5 minutes for each batch.
(Roast each seed type separately because they cook at different rates.)
SPRINKLE the seeds on the beans before you serve.


– As a salad to accompany other dishes.
– As a light meal with steamed rice.


* Replace the beans with any selection of vegetable, eg carrot, chard, bok choy, broccoli.
** Replace the seeds with nuts.

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