Spicy Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans with Peanuts

Photo by Romulo Yanes Photography.

1 ½ poundsChinese long beans
½ cupUnsalted dry-roasted peanuts
2 teaspoonsSoy sauce
2-3 small (to taste)Fresh Thai chiles, finely chopped
½ teaspoonSalt
1 ½ tablespoonsLa Tourangelle Roasted Peanut Oil
1 tablespoonChopped garlic
1 large Shallot, halved lengthwise, then very thinly sliced crosswise (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoonsFresh lime juice
Lime wedges (garnish)


Cook untrimmed beans in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer with tongs to a large bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking, then drain in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.

Trim beans and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces.

Meanwhile, pulse peanuts in a food processor until about half of peanuts are finely ground and remainder are in very large pieces (do not grind to a paste).

Stir together soy sauce, chiles, and salt in a small bowl.

Heat wok over high heat until a bead of water dropped onto cooking surface evaporates immediately. Add oil, swirling to coat wok, then add garlic and stir-fry until garlic begins to turn pale golden, about 5 seconds.

Add peanuts, and stir-fry until all of mixture is golden, about 30 seconds.

Add beans, and stir-fry until hot and well coated, about 2 minutes.

Remove wok from heat, then stir in soy sauce mixture and shallot, stirring until shallot has wilted.

Drizzle in lime juice and season with salt, then transfer to a bowl.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 4 servings.

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