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Deep Fried Green Beans

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You are going to love these ‘Asian’ Style deep fried green beans.

These deep fried green beans are amazing served as a starter or snack. My recipe is influenced by the deep fried green beans that are served at the popular US food chain PF Changs. This isn’t their recipe though. It’s all mine. PF Changs is a restaurant we always stop at when in the US because my kids loved it so much as they were growing up.

They have all tested my version of deep fried green beans and can’t get enough of them. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.

 Deep fried green beans

About this recipe.

This deep fried green beans recipe came about through a bit of experimentation to get the batter just right. Luckily for you, you don’t need to be the one experimenting. If you use my recipe below you will get the perfect crispy green beans, better than those you find at restaurants like PF Changs, though theirs are admittedly very good.

All you need to do is whisk the batter ingredients together and fry the batter coated green beans. This only takes about 10 minutes.

What is the best way to fry these green beans?

You want to get your oil up to a temperature of 190C/375F.

If you don’t have an oil thermometer, place a wooden chopstick or spatula in the oil. If thousands of little bubbles form around it on contact, your oil is ready.

Although you could simply dip them in the batter and add them to the oil together, you will get better results if you dip and add the green beans individually. It takes a little longer but not too much longer.

For best results, fry the green beans in small batches to retain the cooking heat of the oil. 

How long can you store leftovers in the fridge?

You will always get the best results if you cook and serve your deep fried green beans right from the wok. That said, if you do have leftovers that you would like to save, you can keep them, wrapped tightly in your fridge for about 3 days.

How do you reheat these battered green beans?

Yes, you can reheat cold deep fried green beans to restore some of their crispiness. Here are a few methods you can use:

  1. Oven or Toaster Oven:
    • Preheat your oven or toaster oven to a medium-high temperature (around 375°F or 190°C).
    • Place the cold onion rings directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet.
    • Heat for 5-10 minutes, or until they reach your desired level of crispiness.
  2. Air Fryer:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
    • Arrange the cold onion rings in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
    • Heat for 3-5 minutes, checking for crispiness, and adjust as needed.
  3. Skillet or Pan:
    • Heat a skillet or pan on medium-high heat.
    • Add a small amount of oil.
    • Place the cold onion rings in the skillet and heat for a few minutes on each side until they become crispy.

Remember that reheating may not restore the onion rings to their original level of crispiness, but it should help improve their texture. Keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking.

Can you freeze deep fried green beans?

As above, yes you can but you might notice that the texture changes on reheating. You can freeze them for up to 6 months. Here’s my advice on freezing and reheating.

Freezing deep fried green beans.

  1. Allow the fried green beans to cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet or tray and freeze them until solid.
  3. Once frozen, transfer the deep fried green beans to an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  4. Label the container with the date for reference.

Reheating Frozen Onion Rings:

  1. Preheat your oven, toaster oven, or air fryer to a medium-high temperature (375°F or 190°C).
  2. Arrange the frozen onion rings on a baking sheet, air fryer basket, or in the oven directly.
  3. Reheat for 8-12 minutes, turning them halfway through, or until they reach your desired level of warmth and crispiness.

Note: Avoid microwaving frozen onion rings as they may become soggy.

Step by step photographs.

Ingredients for the recipe.

Get all your ingredients prepared and ready before you start cooking. In the photo, the dipping sauce (see recipe card) is already prepared.

The dry ingredients for the batter.

Pour all of the dried ingredients for the batter in a large mixing bowl.

Adding the sparkling water and sesame oil.

Whisk in the sparkling water (club soda) and the sesame oil. The batter should be pourable and run smoothly off a spoon in a steady stream.

A green bean coated with the batter.

The batter should be thick and adhere to the green beans. If too runny, add a little more flour and corn flour (cornstarch).

Adding the batter coated beans to the hot oil.

Heat the oil over a high heat (see recipe card for cooking temperature). For better presentation, I add the beans individually though that is not necessary.

The cooked deep fried green beans.

Transfer the cooked green beans to a paper towel and keep warm. For best results, fry in small batches.

Deep fried green beans

Serve with the dipping sauce in the recipe card below or another sauce of choice.

Deep fried green beans.

The perfect dippers. You and your guests will love these.

If you like this recipe for deep fried green beans, you might like to try some of these Chinese takeaway favourites too:

I am currently updating my blog with the most popular Chinese takeaway recipes so be sure to check back often for new recipes. There are a lot on the way!

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    2. Peking Duck
    3. General Tso’s Chicken
    4. Crispy Chicken and Broccoli
    5. Salt and Pepper Chicken
    6. Sesame Chicken
    7. Sweet and Sour Chicken
    8. Kung Pao Chicken
    9. Dan Dan Noodles
    10. Orange Chicken
    11. Hainan Chicken
    12. Spicy Chicken Chow Mein
    13. Mongolian Beef
    14. Chinese Crispy Beef
    15. Egg Drop Soup
    16. Spicy Won Ton Soup
    17. Egg Fried Rice
    18. Potstickers
    19. Bam Bam Chicken
    20. Beef in Black Bean Sauce
    21. Black Bean Noodles
    22. Chinese Chicken Curry
    23. Chili Oil Noodles

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Yield: 4 to 6

Deep Fried Green Beans

Deep fried green beans.

I serve these deep fried green beans with the same easy sauce used in Bam Bam Chicken. Really good! I have included instructions and the ingredients to make the bam bam sauce in this recipe.


  • 1 lb fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed
  • Rapeseed (canola) oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup plain (all-purpose) four
  • 1/2 cup corn flour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking powder)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup ice cold sparkling water (club soda)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste at the end
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 250ml (1 cup) mayonnaise
  • 70ml (1/4 cup) Chinese or Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce, I use Franks
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the flours, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and baking powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir them all together to combine. Add the sesame oil.
  2. Slowly add the sparkling water (club soda) to the flour mixture while whisking. You might not need all the liquid. Just add it until you have a smooth batter that literally oozes of your spoon. It should not just fall off the spoon, but instead run back into the bowl in a thick stream similar to paint being poured. So it must be pourable and thick.
  3. Place one of the green beans in the batter and bring it back out again. The batter should adhere to the green bean and it should be completely coated. If not, the batter is not quite thick enough. Add a little more flour until it does.
  4. With the batter ready, place the green beans in the batter and set aside.
  5. Heat about 10cm (4 inches) of rapeseed (canola) oil in a large wok or high-sided pan. You are aiming for a frying temperature of 190C/375F. If you don't have an oil thermometer, place a wooden chopstick or spatula in the oil. If thousands of little bubbles form around it on contact, your oil is ready.
  6. Carefully remove a few of the beans and lower then into the oil. If you have time, add the beans one at a time ensureing they are completely coated with batter. Continue until your pan is full of beans but don't overcrowd the pan or the oil will cool and your green beans will look soggy. So it is best to cook in batches.
  7. You can store the cooked beans in an oven preheated to 100C/200F to keep them warm while you cook the remaining green beans. Serve immediately with a little flaky salt sprinkled over the top. These deep fried green beans are delicious served with the following bam bam sauce.
  9. To make the sauce, simply whisk all the sauce ingredients together.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 1018mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g

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