I first came across green beans cooked in soy sauce at work when a fellow fire fighter fixed them for dinner, and I loved them. So when I saw a similar recipe on Guy's Big Bite I thought I would give it a try at home, and they were well received. My little girl absolutely loved them and kept asking for more, so this recipe is toddler approved.
2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt. Add the green beans and blanch until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking, and then remove to a baking sheet with paper towels or a cooling rack to drain.
In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add the canola oil and butter. When the butter is melted, add the garlic and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add teh green beans, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and black pepper and saute until the sauce reduces slightly and thoroughly coats the green beans, being careful no to overcook beans.
Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot.