Sichuan Style Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans

Chinese green beans, also called long beans, make an easy stir-fry with Sichuan peppers, red chilis, and sesame oil. This dish is ready in only 15 minutes from start to finish!

Chinese Long Beans
Elise Bauer

What Are Chinese Long Beans?

Chinese long beans (also called Chinese green beans, yard-long beans, and chopstick beans) are a staple vegetable in much of Southeastern Asia.

While they can be eaten raw, they're often thrown in stir-fries, curries, and omelettes.

They taste like the European-American style of green beans but the flavor is sharper and they have a crunchier texture.

Incredibly healthy and now widely available in most supermarkets, Farmers' Markets, and Asian markets, Chinese long beans are a wonderul option for adding to main courses or using for simple side dishes.

Chinese Long Beans
Elise Bauer

How To Cook Chinese Long Beans

I love to prepare Chinese long beans in a Sichuanese style using Sichuan peppercorns and dried chilies (preferably, a Chinese variety).

First we quickly stir fry the chilies and peppercorns in peanut oil to bring out their flavors. Then we add the long beans to the hot pan, and stir-fry for just a few minutes.

To finish we take the pan off the heat and toss with a little dark sesame oil and soy sauce. Easy!

How to Cook Chinese Long Beans
Elise Bauer

How To Prep Chinese Long Beans

Prepping Chinese long beans is simple. Wash them in clean water and then trim the ends. Finally, if a recipe calls for them to be in certain lengths - as this one does - cut them to the appropriate length.

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Sichuan Style Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 3 to 4 servings

Chinese long beans can be found in both green and purple varieties. Both have similar flavors and textures, and either kind can be used for this recipe.

If you don't have a wok, use a sturdy, large sauté pan that has at least a two-inch lip.


  • 1/2 pound Chinese long beans, trimmed and cut into 3-inch segments

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil

  • 4 to 6 dried chilies, preferably Sichuanese, roughly chopped

  • 1 teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorns, lightly crushed

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil

  • Splash soy sauce


  1. Add the oil, stir-fry the chilies and peppers:

    Add a tablespoon of peanut oil to a wok or a large sauté pan over medium heat and swirl until hot. Add chilies and peppers and stir-fry briefly until fragrant.

  2. Add the long beans, salt, and sugar:

    Add the long beans and stir-fry vigorously for 3 to 4 minutes. (You don't want the spices to burn. If they start to then turn down the heat a bit). Season with salt and sugar and stir-fry a few seconds more to mix it all together.

  3. Stir in the sesame oil and soy sauce:

    Remove from heat. Stir in the sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
95 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 353mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 157mg 3%
*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.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.