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Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

Easy Chinese stir-fry with green beans and ground beef. Packed with flavors and a crowd favorite, and only takes less than 15 minutes of cooking time.
Ingredients to prepare green beans and ground beef stir-fry: green beans, ground beef, onion, garlic, red chilies, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), ketchup, sugar, ground pepper, tapioca starch, and water.

Ingredients to prepare green beans and ground beef stir-fry: green beans, ground beef, onion, garlic, red chilies, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), ketchup, sugar, ground pepper, tapioca starch, and water.

Green beans and ground beef stir-fry is one of my family’s favorite dishes to enjoy green beans. This dish is really easy to prepare once you finish gathering and preparing all the ingredients. Once you start cooking, it will come together in under 15 minutes.

This dish is very forgiving with the ingredients. You can use either fresh green beans or frozen green beans, and you will end up with the same lovely dish.

You can also substitute the ground beef with ground pork, ground chicken, or ground turkey to suit your family’s preference. And if you are planning to go with a meatless dish, you can even use crumbled firm or extra-firm tofu to substitute for ground meat.

Cooking green beans and ground beef stir-fry in a wok.

Cooking green beans and ground beef stir-fry in a wok.

What are the ingredients for this green beans stir-fry dish?

The main two ingredients will be green beans and ground beef.

For the aromatics, we will need garlic, onion, and red chilies. I use regular yellow onion, but feel free to sub with red onion or even shallots. For red chilies, instead of Fresno chilies, you can use cayenne or bird-eyes for a spicier dish, or bell pepper for a super mild version.

For the sauce, we will use Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), tomato ketchup, sugar, and ground pepper.

Shaoxing wine is a Chinese cooking wine. The most suggested substitution is dry sherry, but if you stock other Asian cooking wine, such as Japanese sake, or Chinese white rice wine (mi jiu), those would actually work better.

Kecap manis is Indonesian sweet soy sauce. I find that the best substitute would be an equal mixture of soy sauce and coconut palm sugar. So 1 tbsp kecap manis = 12 tablespoon soy sauce + 12 tablespoon coconut palm sugar.

Since this is a Chinese dish, I prefer using Chinese light soy sauce. My favorite light soy sauce is Pearl River Bridge or Kimlan. Feel free to use any soy sauce, though I highly suggest choosing a reduced-sodium option if possible.

And finally, we will need a tapioca starch slurry, which is a mixture of tapioca starch and water. We will use this to thicken the sauce at the end of our cooking time. You can also use cornstarch if you wish.

My recipe for green beans and ground beef stir-fry is enough to feed a family of four as a main dish.

My recipe for green beans and ground beef stir-fry is enough to feed a family of four as a main dish.

How to cook green beans and ground beef stir-fry

First, heat oil in a wok over medium-high and sauté garlic and onion until the onion starts to wilt. Then add red chilies and stir for 30 seconds.

Next, add ground beef and stir until the meat is no longer pink.

Then, add all the sauce ingredients (Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, kecap manis, tomato ketchup, sugar, and ground pepper), and mix well.

Next, add green beans and mix. Cover the wok with a lid, and cook until the green beans are al-dente. About 5 minutes if using fresh green beans, and about 8 minutes if using frozen green beans.

Finally, thicken the sauce by adding tapioca starch slurry and stir until the sauce is thick.

Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate to serve with some steamed white rice.

This green beans and ground beef stir-fry has a super delicious meat sauce and the green beans are cooked just until al dente for a satisfying bite into the vegetables.

This green beans and ground beef stir-fry has a super delicious meat sauce and the green beans are cooked just until al dente for a satisfying bite into the vegetables.

Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

5.0 from 13 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4-8

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 red chilies (or 1 red bell pepper), seeded and sliced
  • 450 gram (1 pound) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 4 tablespoon ketchup (Indonesian: saus tomat)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 450 gram (1 pound) baby green beans, trimmed and cut into halves
  • salt, to taste
  • tapioca starch solution (1 tablespoon tapioca starch + 2 tablespoon water)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high and sauté garlic and onion until the onion starts to wilt. Then add red chilies/red bell pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  2. Add ground beef and stir until the meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add all the sauce ingredients (Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, kecap manis, tomato ketchup, sugar, and ground pepper), and mix well.
  4. Add green beans and mix. Cover the wok with a lid, and cook until the green beans are al-dente. About 5 minutes if using fresh green beans, and about 8 minutes if using frozen green beans.
  5. Adjust salt and pepper as needed. Then thicken the sauce by adding tapioca starch slurry and stir until the sauce is thick.
  6. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.
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Comments

  • gina gina says:

    I used to live in Malaysia. I loved eating and cooking Malaysian style food but we just found out my entire family including me have to stop eating gluten/wheat/msg. Is there any way to adapt recipes that call for oyster sauce hoisin sauce & other sauces which contain wheat? I have already switched to Tamari from Soy Sauce.... Thank you I really enjoy your website and recipes. Gina

  • Maria Maria says:

    This is the first recipe I tried from your website and it was good! So glad Ive come across your website. Will be trying more recipes. Thanks so much from my happy husband and I. =)

  • simplysedap simplysedap says:

    Hi Anita, its lovely to have you back. I am a big fan of your blog because most of the food are very interesting and achieveable. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes with us. I really appreciate your time and effort. Linda

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Linda, thank you for the welcome and trying out my recipes :)

  • the lousy cook wife the lousy cook wife says:

    I made this last week. It was delicious. Thanks again.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Stephanie :)

  • Sally Sally says:

    Hi Anita, if I don't eat beef can I substitute it with chicken or pork?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Sally, yes you can substitute with chicken or pork.

  • Lindawati Lindawati says:

    Hi Anita, I want to try this but I don't have any Shaoxing wine (or any other cooking wine, only have Aji-Mirin). Do you have any suggestions how to replace/substitute the Shaoxing wine? Will it be okay if I omit it completely? Thanks a lot :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      For stir frying dishes, it is okay to omit Shaoxing wine if you don't have it. If you have Japanese sake, that would work, but unfortunately, not with Aji-Mirin.

      • Lindawati Lindawati says:

        Thanks Anita. This is a good news. I can try more of your recipes then :)

        • Lindawati Lindawati says:

          I've already tried this as well. And as usual, very delicious! :)

  • Yovita Yovita says:

    Hi Anita, i've tried this dish and my 2.5 year old boy love it. Thank you so much. I live in Canada, so always try to cook Indonesian or chinese indonesian food as good as i can. Your blog is my livesaver. Keep up the good work. :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you for the kind words Yovita :)

  • Amy Amy says:

    hey thanks for sharing this recipe. just wondering if you meant tomato sauce or tomato ketchup? thank!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Amy, I meant ketchup, good catch! It's really a bad habit of mine since in Indonesia, we call it "saus tomat" with got translated to English as tomato sauce ;)

      • Amy Amy says:

        thank you for clarifying. i tried out this recipe and it was a hit!! gonna have it for dinner again tonight :)

        • Anita Anita says:

          Hi Amy, I am so glad it worked out :)

  • Mina Mina says:

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I am an iranian living in Indonesia. I love your recipes.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Mina. I hope you are having a fun time living in Indonesia :)

  • patty at spoonabilities patty at spoonabilities says:

    This looks like an amazing easy, delicious meal! I love the chilies in this recipe. A real game changer! Love love love.

  • Irina Irina says:

    What is an easy and appetizing meal! I have never thought of making a dish with ground beef and beans. Great idea! It seems that the total time of 30 minutes is a BONUS!

  • Katie Katie says:

    Made it for the family and it was a hit!

  • Dannii Dannii says:

    This looks like a really simple but flavour packed meal. I can't wait to try.

  • Anjali  Anjali says:

    Yumm! This recipe turned out to be super flavorful and delicious!

  • mohan kumar mohan kumar says:

    Very nice recipe. We have to try. So easy, flavorful and delicious.

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