Sesame Green Beans (Goma-ae) |インゲン豆の胡麻和え

Steamed green beans covered in a creamy sesame sauce. This green bean goma-ae is the tastiest way to get in your greens. Just 6 ingredients and 15 minutes!

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This green bean goma-ae is the perfect healthy Japanese side dish. (Goma means sesame in Japanese.) It’s creamy, salty, slightly sweet, and makes anything you put it on absolutely addicting. My boyfriend ate the entire bowl in one sitting, and he eats fast so I only got a little nibble before it was all gone. But the good news is that it comes together in about 15 minutes!


Just 6 simple ingredients are required to make this creamy green bean dish:

  • green beans
  • tahini ⟶ traditionally goma-ae is made with ground sesame seeds, but since this is less commonly found at regular grocery stores I opted for a combo of tahini + whole sesame seeds
  • toasted sesame seeds ⟶ you can usually find already-toasted sesame seeds in Asian stores, or toast your own raw white sesame seeds
  • date paste, maple syrup, or sugar ⟶ you can make your own date paste by blending dates with a little water
  • mirin ⟶ (sweet rice wine)
  • soy sauce

how to make japanese sesame green beans

It’s super simple. Just combine all the sauce ingredients, pour over steamed green beans, and mix! I love this dish served cold, but it can also be eaten warm if you don’t have enough time to wait for the green beans to cool.

tips & tricks for the best sesame green beans

Goma-ae is pretty hard to mess up, but here are a few tips to keep in mind to achieve perfect green bean goma-ae every time.

  • When boiling the green beans, adding a little salt to the water will help preserve the green color and also add a little bit of flavor.
  • Date paste can be subbed with maple syrup or sugar, or other sweetener of choice.
  • Make sure to use toasted sesame seeds, as these impart a lovely nutty flavor distinctive of this dish. I even like to toast store-bought toasted sesame seeds a second time, to bring out the nutty flavor more.
  • If you don’t have tahini but you have a grinder or mortar and pestle, simply replace tahini with more sesame seeds and grind up all the sesame seeds until fragrant and slightly powdery.

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Sesame Green Beans (Goma-ae) | インゲン豆の胡麻和え

Steamed green beans covered in a creamy sesame sauce. This green bean goma-ae is the tastiest way to get in your greens. Just 6 ingredients and 15 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Vegan
Servings: 2


  • ½ pound green beans
  • 2 tbsp tahini*
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ tbsp date paste, maple syrup, or sugar
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Rinse and trim green beans. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add in green beans and boil 3-5 minutes, until tender. Drain with a colander and rinse under cold water to prevent further cooking. Chop into thirds.
  • Mix remaining ingredients together until fully combined. Add more water as needed to reach desired consistency. 
  • Mix sauce with green beans and sprinkle a few extra sesame seeds on top.


*Can replace with more toasted sesame seeds. Grind up all 3 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds until fragrant and slightly powdery.

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