Green Beans with Caramelized Garlic

Serving: 10
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 10 min


1. Blanch green beans in a pot of boiling salted water for 3 minutes or until tender-crisp. Drain and plunge into cold water to stop them from cooking further. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes or until lightly golden. Add sugar and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes longer or until sugar has dissolved and is beginning to caramelize. Add drained green beans and fish sauce and toss for 1 minute or until beans are hot and coated with garlic mixture. Add basil leaves and serve.


  • 1½ lbs (680 g) green beans, stem end trimmed
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fish sauce
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) Thai basil leaves

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