September is a great time of year for fresh green beans here in Sacramento. I was too busy to plant them this year, but have been finding beauties at our local market. Usually we just boil them until tender, place a dab of butter on them, sprinkle with salt and pepper and call it a day.
Here's a quick and easy way to take them up a notch, tossing the cooked green beans with a no-cooking-required citrusy, spicy sauce made with sweet orange marmalade, soy sauce, and spicy Sriracha hot sauce. In fact, this three-ingredient spicy orange dipping sauce you could use for any number of recipes.
I first encountered it while observing the Pillsbury Bake-Off challenge last year. Lauren Wyler from Austin, Texas served up the sauce with her entry for Cashew Chicken Twists. What I love about the sauce is that it is so easy to make! No cooking. Just stirring. Only 3 ingredients, though I've been known to add a little rice vinegar or dark sesame oil depending on the taste I'm after. It's terrific with green beans and also great with brussels sprouts.
Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans
- 3/4 pound to 1 pound of green beans, tough ends snipped off and discarded
- 1/3 cup sweet orange marmalade
- 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
Boil green beans in salted water:
Fill a 4 quart pot half-way with water. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring water to a boil. Place green beans in the boiling water. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the green beans are just tender.
If your green beans are fresh and young, they should cook quickly. If they are older tougher beans, they may take longer than 5 minutes to cook.
When the are just cooked to the point of tenderness, remove the pot from heat and strain out the hot water.
Place the beans into a bowl of icy water to quickly stop the cooking and then place them in a large bowl.
Mix marmalade, soy sauce, Sriracha:
While the beans are cooking stir together in a small bowl the orange marmalade, soy sauce, and Sriracha hot sauce. Taste and adjust proportions to your taste.
If you are using a marmalade that isn't particularly sweet, you may want to add a teaspoon or two of sugar. If you are using soy sauce that isn't very salty, you may want to add a little more soy sauce. Add more Sriracha to taste if you would like the sauce spicier.
Toss cooked green beans with sauce:
Add the marmalade sauce to the cooked green beans and toss to coat.
Hot and sweet marmalade glazed tofu from Veggie Belly
Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Hot Wings from Jennifer Cooks
Crockpot Chicken l'Orange from That's Some Good Cookin'