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Asian Green Bean Recipe
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5 from 2 votes

Asian Green Beans

Asian Green Bean Recipe is a simple side dish or main dish highlighting tangy Asian green beans served on a bed of rice noodles and topped with grilled tofu, lime wedges and Thai basil.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 234kcal


Asian Green Bean Sauce/Marinade (½ for tofu marinade; ½ for cooking green beans)

  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce or Tamari gluten-free option
  • 1- inch fresh ginger grated
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Other Ingredients

  • 14 ounces extra-firm or sprouted tofu pressed and patted dry
  • 1 pound fresh green beans ends broken off
  • 1 package rice noodles cooked according to package directions


  • 2 limes cut in quarter
  • ½ cup Thai basil


  • Asian Green Bean Marinade and Sauce (½ tofu marinade; ½ stir fry sauce)
  • In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together.
  • Once the tofu is pressed and patted dry, cut into 4 equal pieces, and pour half the marinade over the pressed tofu, and marinate overnight.
  • Refrigerate the rest of the sauce until ready to use.

Grilling Tofu

  • Preheat the grill to low
  • Place a grill mat on the grill (you can also use a grill pan, or if you are careful, you can place the tofu directly on the grill.
  • Cook for about 8 minutes on each side
  • Remove from the grill and place back in the marinade until ready to use.
  • Then, cut it into strips or cubes

Baking Tofu

  • Simply follow the same pressing and marinating process.
  • Then, preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Place cut or uncut tofu on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper
    Cook for 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and flip tofu over; cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Air Frying Tofu

  • Simply follow the same pressing and marinating process.
  • Set air fryer temperature at 375 degrees
  • Cook 10-15 minutes, shaking the basket a couple of times through the cooking process

Green Beans and Noodles

  • Prepare the rice noodles according to the package instructions and set aside.
  • Break off/cut the ends of the green beans.
  • Rinse the green beans; drain but do not dry
  • In a wok on medium-high cook minced garlic and add wet green beans; begin tossing the beans (they cook quickly)
  • Cook for 2 minutes, tossing every minute.
  • Add the remaining half of the sauce, and continuously cook the green beans until all the sauce dissipates and thickens on the green beans.

Building the Bowl

  • Add a small portion of rice noodles to the bottom of each bowl.
  • Add a serving of Asian green beans, some grilled tofu, and top with grilled tofu.
  • Garnish with lime wedges and Thai basil leaves.


One of my favorite ways to highlight Asian green beans is to serve them with grilled tofu marinated in the same sauce with rice noodles and lime wedges. Even though this recipe has very few ingredients, the sauce elevates the flavors. 


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 688IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg