Stir-Fried Szechuan Green Beans & Shiitake Mushrooms

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Too often meat takes center stage at the dinner table and vegetables are left with mere supporting roles. Or at least that’s how it is my house. Dinnertime is hectic and sometimes it’s not until I’m calling everyone to the table that I realize, “Ahh, I forgot to make something green!” (At which point, frozen peas or broccoli are rushed into the microwave…and I wonder why my kids don’t love their veggies.) Sometimes it’s good to mix things up a bit and give vegetables the spotlight, and this Szechuan dish does just that. You’ll be amazed how authentic it tastes — I’d put it up against any Chinese restaurant — plus, it’s easy to make.


As with any stir-fry, the key to success is to have all your ingredients ready and prepped before you start cooking. You don’t want to get stuck mincing a garlic clove while your ginger burns in the pan.

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Begin by preparing the sauce. Combine the soy sauce, water, dry sherry, sesame oil, sugar, corn starch, red pepper flakes and dry mustard in a small bowl and set aside.

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Next, heat a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large nonstick pan until very hot. You’ll know it’s ready when it starts to shimmer. Add the beans and stir-fry until tender, puckered and browned.

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This is what you’re going for…

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Transfer the green beans to a plate, then add the shiitake mushrooms to the pan. Cook for a few minutes until slightly browned.

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Add the minced ginger and garlic and stir until just fragrant.

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Finally, add the beans back to the pan with the sauce. Toss to coat while the sauce thickens.

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That’s all there is to it. Technically, this dish serves four but my husband and I can polish off the whole thing easily. You could serve it as a side dish to any simply broiled fish or meat, or as a vegetarian main course with rice or noodles.

Stir-Fried Szechuan Green Beans & Shiitake Mushrooms
Inspired by More Best Recipes (from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated)
Printable Recipe

Serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main course


3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons water
1½ tablespoons dry sherry
½ teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1¼ teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
Vegetable oil
1 pound green beans, ends trimmed*
7 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced (usually they come in 3.5 oz. cartons)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger**


1. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, water, dry sherry, sesame oil, sugar, cornstarch, red pepper flakes and mustard together. Set aside.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot and shimmering. Add the beans and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, puckered and browned, about 7-10 minutes (cooking time will depend on the size of the beans). Transfer beans to large plate.

3. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add shiitake mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until slightly browned. Reduce heat to medium, then add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Return the beans to the pan and add the sauce. Toss and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened and the vegetables are evenly coated, about 10 seconds. Transfer to serving dish and serve immediately.

*This recipe works best with thinner green beans (but not the super thin French haricots verts). If your beans seem really long, thick or a bit tough, cut them in half so they cook evenly (there may be just a few in the bunch that you need to cut). Also, be sure beans are dry, otherwise oil will splatter.

**To grate fresh ginger, first peel the skin and then rub along a fine grater. Watch your fingers!!


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  • Danita

    Can’t wait to try this. Your roasted green bean recipe with the fresh lemon and pine nuts is now one of our family favorites.

  • wow! this looks really good:) i have always love the combo of grean bean and mushrooms for stir fry! thank you for sharing this.

  • Sandy

    Super healthy and easy to make. Thanks!

  • Megan

    Wow!! This looks great. Love szechuan.

  • Elizabeth

    Looks great! I’ve never added dry mustard to my stir fry…can’t wait to try it

  • Jena

    Found this last week and made it twice over the weekend. We loved it. Made once w/ green beans and the second time w/ asparagus and it was awesome. We love anything w/ mushrooms and have been trying to incorporate more green w/ dinner so I easily identified w/ this blog. This was an easy recipe which I appreciate. Thanks for something we’ll make again and again! So glad to have found this site.

  • Angela

    Totally as good, if not better, than the take out stir fried green beans that I love from my local Chinese restaurant. Gotta love being able to control the quality of the ingredients – yum!

  • Kyle

    This is a nice alternative to my usual green beans and almonds dish.

  • Brecken

    Hmmm… dinner side maybe? I think I have all that stuff. Except the sherry. Can’t keep sherry around my house for too long.

    Just kidding. Maybe.

    But I really must try this.

  • Amber R

    I love stir-fried beans you can get at Asian restaurants, so I had to try this. It is delicious! I made last night as a side dish to grilled teriyaki chicken. I did not have shitake mushrooms, so I had to sub cremini’s but other than that I stuck to the recipe. The sauce is so good so I served over white rice so it would not be wasted. Will definitely make again!

  • Anne Pagano

    Delicious, did not change a thing!

  • Christy

    I have personal issues with measuring quantities ;) I kind of just wing everything and say, “ohh well that looks like a cup…”

    That being said, I tried as best to follow the measurements of the recipe, but regardless of that, the flavors are all there! My husband was so surprised at how closely a similar dish at our favorite Chinese restaurant , he ate up the whole thing praising himself for choosing me as his wife LOL

    The only thing I had to change was the sherry. I didn’t want to have to go to the supermarket when I had everything else–so i read somewhere that you can replace it with some kind of acidic juice, diluted with water. Not sure how much it changed the flavor, but it still tasted great.

  • Van

    I substituted the sherry for xiao xing cooking wine. Mine ended up coming out really salty, so I added a lot more sugar to balance out the taste. The result was flavorful and fantastic! I might tweak it a little more next time, like using less oil. But thanks for the recipe!

  • Ashley N

    This is the only dish that my family will eat with green beans and if green beans aren’t available I substitute broccoli or asparagus. I serve along side with steak and white rice.

  • Mm! This was scrumptious. I just served it up with dinner. I love how the mushrooms soak up the sauce. Thank you!

  • Sadaf

    Is there any substitute for dry sherry? As I don’t consume alcohol.

    • Jenn

      Hi Sadaf, Unfortunately, there is no good non-alcoholic substitute for dry sherry. Sorry!

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