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Long Green Beans with Cracked Black Pepper

These Long Green Beans with Cracked Black Pepper make for an easy weeknight, meatless dish that cooks in minutes. Filipinos call long beans sitaw, which is a backyard vegetable in the Philippines. Stir fry the sliced sitaw in garlic, onions, soy sauce and calamansi. Then finish it off with a generous sprinkling of cracked black pepper. This was inspired by a recipe from FoodAndWine.com.
Serves 2 to 4 as a side or main dish.
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Filipino
Keyword: Chinese Long Beans Cracked Black Pepper
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • large skillet or wok


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, sliced and seeded
  • 500 grams sitaw (long green beans), sliced in 2-inch pieces
  • ½ cup toyo (soy sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoons calamansi or lemon juice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (or water)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

For serving:

  • steamed rice


  • In a large skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add the oil.
    When oil is hot, stir fry the garlic, onions and sliced red peppers for 2 minutes till soft.
  • Add the sliced sitaw (long beans).
    Pour the soy sauce, calamansi juice and broth.
  • Season with salt. Stir ingredients around till incorporated.
    Cover and continue cooking over medium heat for 12 minutes till beans are soft and have some brown spots.
  • Sprinkle freshly-cracked black pepper all over. Mix well.
    Serve warm as a side or main dish, with steamed rice.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 121kcal | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg