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Very close up image of a mound of sesame peas and green beans on a plate.

Sesame Peas and Green Beans

Melt the butter and add it to the peas and green beans just before serving. If you do it beforehand the butter will solidify. And that's no good.

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbs sesame seeds (I use half white and half black)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups green beans
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  1. Cook peas and green beans in abundant salted water. If using frozen peas defrost according to package directions. Transfer to serving plate or dish.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet, when it starts to brown add sesame seeds and sugar. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour over peas and green beans, season with salt, pepper and sesame oil.
  4. Serve immediately.