You know those delicious green beans you get at pretty much every Chinese restaurant? They’re usually doused in oil or actually fried (not stir-fried like they claim). They happen to be one of my favorite dishes just because you can’t go wrong with crushed red pepper and garlic together. I tried recreating a healthy version at home several times – the beans were either over-cooked or under-cooked and the garlic was never ever-so-lightly crunchy the way I wanted it to be. I realized the mistake that I was making all the while: using the stove to cook these. The texture in a pan vs. an oven just doesn’t match up. 20 minutes in the oven gives you the perfect spicy garlic roasted green beans and tofu.
You can adjust the spice (and garlic) levels to your liking. While I’ve used an amount that I think is universally enjoyable, of course, feel free to adjust according to your preferences. I love serving these spicy garlic roasted green beans and tofu with sticky rice and coconut curry (I have a delicious coconut curry recipe coming up soon). If you’re having friends over and want to make it a little more fancy, add some chopped peanuts or cashews a few minutes before you take your baking sheet out of the oven. This is my new favorite way to eat green vegetables and protein!
- 200g green beans (approximately ½ pound), trimmed
- 200g tofu, cut into cubes
- 2 tbsp sesame/grapeseed/olive oil or oil of your choice
- 1 tbsp vinegar (any kind is fine - preferably apple cider, rice wine or white wine vinegar)
- 2-3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- ¼-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (chili flakes) - use more or less depending on your spice levels
- ¼ tsp salt (or to taste)
- Combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, crushed red pepper and salt. This step can be done a few hours in advance for a deeper flavor.
- Toss the green beans and tofu in the oil mixture on a baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for 15-18 minutes.
- Around the 8-10 minute mark, remove the pan, toss the green beans and tofu once again and return to the oven - to ensure that they cook evenly.
- At around 15 minutes, keep an eye on the oven to ensure that they don't overcook, as every oven behaves differently. Adjust your cooking time accordingly.
Vegan | Gluten Free | Healthy | Vegetarian