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 to 1 pound 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 the 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 the 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 with sauce:
Add the marmalade sauce to the cooked green beans and toss to coat.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 20g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||62%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|