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Green Beans with Sweet Sesame Dressing (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)


This is a traditional Japanese side dish which is called “Goma-Ae” in Japanese. The dish dresses boiled fresh green beans with sweet sesame dressing. The sesame dressing contains ground white sesame, soy sauce and sugar. It is a healthy, delicious, easy and very quick to prepare dish.


In Japan we usually use a traditional Japanese mortar and pestle for grinding white sesame. Ground sesame makes the dish very flavorful and it is easy to eat. If you have a spice grinder, you can use it. If you don’t have either a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle you can put sesame seeds in a zipper bag and beat them with a rolling pin until they are ground.


The basic arrangement for many Japanese meals is called “Ichi-juu, San-sai,” which consists of one bowl of cooked rice, one kind of soup and three vegetables or fish small portion dishes. So this dish is a very common dish in the Japanese diet.

When you want to add a vegetable dish to your meal or in your lunch box, this is a great choice. Also, you can use any kind of vegetable with this dressing, such as boiled spinach, boiled carrot, boiled broccoli and so on.

The recipe is very quick. It takes only 10 minutes.


Mix the sauce ingredients, boil fresh green beans and dress.


You can store this dish in the refrigerator for 3 days. If you want to store longer, please dry the boiled green beans very well before dressing in the sauce and transfer them to a clean container. You can then keep it in the refrigerator for 5 days.


Enjoy this new healthy side dish!!

Ingredients (servings 2)
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¾~1 pound Fresh Green Beans

2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

2 Tbsp. Sugar

2 Tbsp. Mirin Sweet Cooking Rice Wine

4 Tbsp. White Roasted Sesame Seeds

Water for boiling green beans

1 Tbsp. Salt for boiling green beans

{Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF}: green-beans-with-sweet-sesame-dressing

{Recipe Video on YouTube}


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

40 thoughts on “Green Beans with Sweet Sesame Dressing (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

  1. Easy is always good in my book! We eat green beans all the time. 🙂

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  2. I love green beans.This recipe is so simple

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  3. I love green beans too and this sounds delicious! Thank you-

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  4. So simple. I like the added touch of the sesame seeds. Mu husband is soon going to Japan for business… He will for sure enjoy the food!

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  5. So easy to make! Even I could make this 😀

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  6. I grow green beans in excess each summer. I want to be sure to have enough to last until the next season begins to produce. Obviously we love green beans but it does get boring. This is a great recipe to add to my collection! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. This looks delicious!

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  8. Green beans– we love them around here. Great to find a new fresh way to prepare them! thanks.

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  9. Very simple. And looks so healthy and delicious. I want to try it soon! 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

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    • Thank you for the comment!! I try to make my Japanese recipes easy as much as I can so that people, who don’t even know about cooking, can cook. Also I use ingredients that we can get at many grocery shops, Asian markets and on Amazon in the US. There are many traditional processes to cook authentic Japanese food which is sometimes too much work even for Japanese. My recipes are not fancy food but easy, healthy and delicious Japanese dishes! I hope you like it 🙂

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      • I like it so much! I like Japanese food and it is my dream to go there someday. Recipes like these make me feel close to that dream. Thank you and I’m looking forward to more of your delicious recipes 🙂 🙂

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      • It is great to go to Japan at some point if you like Japanese food!! I hope your dream comes true 🙂 Thank you so much and I will keep trying to make easy-to-follow delicious Japanese recipes more 🙂


  10. A very tasty dish & easy to make too! Thanks!

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  11. I don’t know how I missed this recipe but I’m glad I found it now! We love green beans and this way of making them looks delicious!

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