Green Beans Tossed in Creamy Miso-Sesame Sauce
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Miso Sesame Green Beans Recipe

Simple and delicious miso sesame green beans - lightly boiled green beans tossed with a simple sesame miso dressing and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 68
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1-1/2 tablespoons white sesame paste**
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sweet white miso
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons seafood stock** or water
  • 16 ounces green beans
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons white sesame seeds (optional)


  • In a bowl, whisk together the sesame paste and miso until creamy and blended.
  • Taste, and if the mixture seems too sweet, stir in salt to taste.
  • To thin the mixture to a saucy consistency, stir in stock or water, one spoonful at a time. Set aside.
  • Clean the green beans and then snap or cut off their stem ends.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add the beans and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until bright green. Drain the beans then let cool at room temperature.
  • Just before serving, toss the green beans in the sesame-miso sauce and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.

Recipe Notes

**Look for white sesame paste and seafood stock in Asian grocery stores. The white sesame paste is called shiro neri goma, or smooth white sesame paste.
I used tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste) in place of the Asian white sesame paste, since it's what I had in the pantry and water in place of the seafood stock with great results. The next time I'm at an Asian market, I will check out the real thing.
You can keep the sauce in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
You can also make the sesame paste from scratch by grinding toasted sesame seeds. For more complete details you will want to check out Elizabeth's book.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *1
Nutrition Facts
Miso Sesame Green Beans Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th recipe)
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.6g6%
Carbohydrates 7.9g3%
Fiber 3.2g13%
Protein 3.2g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable / Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: miso green beans, sesame green beans