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Burnt beans with sesame seeds and miso dressing

Burnt beans with sesame seeds and miso dressing

  Green beans are growing like crazy right now and I've just discovered this delicious plant-based recipe by River Cottage which I have modified slightly. Enjoy! 

 Serves 4 
1 tbsp sesame seeds 
400g green beans, stalk ends trimmed
1/2 tbsp olive oil 
Sea salt and black pepper
2 tbsp shiro miso paste
2 tbsp rice vinegar 
1 tsp freshly grated ginger 

Put the sesame seeds in a frying pan and toast them over a medium heat for a few minutes until golden, tossing often to prevent burning. Tip onto a plate and set aside. 

Preheat your grill to high or heat a frying pan. Put the beans into a large bowl, add 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and some salt and pepper and toss well to coat.
Cook 5-10 minutes, moving and turning the beans from time to time, until tender and coloured dark brown in some places - even blackened here and there.
Meanwhile, to make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl. Tip the beans into a serving dish, spoon in the miso dressing and scatter over the toasted sesame seeds. Eat hot or at room temperature. 
Oil Use rapeseed oil instead of olive oil
Seeds Use sunflower seeds rather than sesame seeds 
Veg Use steamed mangetout or cabbage instead of green beans 


  • Love the recipes, more please!

    Michele Bennett
  • OMG yum def have to try this looks great

    Cushla Harris

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