It’s easy to transform simple fresh green beans into the BEST summer side dish or appetizer – toss them with Indonesia’s favorite spice mix and grill them!! Grilled green beans is one of my favorite vegetable dishes of the barbecue season – perfect for summer parties and backyard BBQs. Whenever I make these, everyone crowds around the bowl and they disappear quickly!
Here’s what I love about this recipe
It’s a cinch to make.
Fresh, healthy green beans are transformed into an addictive, sumptuous treat.
I love when vegetables take center stage.
The inspiration for this dish comes from my research into Indonesian cuisine, where Satay – also know as Sate – is perhaps the most famous spice mixture, and where grilling is among the most popular cooking techniques.
Traditional Satay is a dish consisting of skewered and grilled meat or poultry. The spice mix varies from chef to chef, but its signature yellow color comes from ground turmeric root.
HOW TO MAKE SATE SPICE MIX
All you need for this mix is five common spices.
- Brown sugar
- Chili powder
Measure the spices out into a small bowl, stir them together, and you’ve got a tasty homemade Indonesian sate spice mix.
Indonesian Sate – though designed for beef, pork, fish, lamb, and chicken – is absolutely fantastic on green beans!
While the grill is heating up, toss the beans with vegetable oil and spices, to coat. Grill and enjoy!
HOW TO GRILL GREEN BEANS
Green beans can take up to fifteen minutes to cook through on the grill, depending on how large they are and how many you’re making at once.
I’ve tried putting the beans directly on the grill and I don’t recommend it. The beans require some flipping and tossing to brown evenly, and Inevitably you will lose some beans through the grates, no matter how careful you are.
- Use a vegetable grill rack.
- Preheat the grill on high, with the rack in place.
- Carefully add the beans to the pre-heated grill rack
- Close the grill and let the beans cook, undisturbed for 6 minutes
- Open the grill and give the beans a good toss.
- Close and cook for 5 minutes longer.
- Open and toss again, checking for doneness.
- Close the grill and continue to grill for another 5 minutes, or until the beans are done to your liking.
The lemon aioli is easy to throw together. It’s a mix of mayo, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Stir in some fresh herbs, if you like. Creamy and brightly flavored, this is the perfect compliment to the richly spiced grilled green beans.
I adore recipes like this, where healthy vegetables become crave-worthy delicacies. Here are two more of my favorites:
Here’s the recipe for Grilled Green Beans with Lemon Aioli Dipping Sauce. If you make this, I hope you’ll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I’d love to know what you think!Print
Indonesian Grilled Green Beans with lemon aioli dipping sauce
Spicy, flavorful, Grilled Greens Beans with lemony aioli – a perfect summer side dish or appetizer.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 16 mins
- Total Time: 31 mins
- Yield: 4-6 1x
- Category: Appetizer, side dish
- Method: barbecue
- Cuisine: Indonesian
- Lemon aioli
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise (I like Hellmans best)
- ⅓ cup lowfat greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic or 1 garlic clove, pressed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons of slivered basil or mint (optional)
- Indonesian spice mix
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 pounds green beans, washed, root ends trimmed off
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Lemon Aioli Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Indonesian Spice Mix Mix all spices in a small bowl, set aside
- Beans Heat the grill to high. If using a vegetable grill rack, place it on the grill to preheat it. Toss the green beans with oil, to coat. Sprinkle the spice mix over the beans and toss to coat evenly. When the grill is hot, put the beans into the grill rack. (Alternatively, if you don’t have a grill rack, you can cook the beans directly on the grill by carefully placing them perpendicular to the grates and using care when flipping them so they don’t fall through.) Close the grill and cook the beans for 6 minutes, undisturbed. Open the grill and toss the beans. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Toss again. Close and cook for a final 5 minutes. Remove beans and mound them onto a platter or serving bowl.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with lemon aioli dipping sauce on the side.
[This post first appeared on Panning The Globe in September 2013. It was updated in July 2019 with added nutritional information and more details added to the written post]
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