Skillet-Charred Green Beans with Crispy Sesame Topping
Why This Recipe Works
Deep-frying green beans evenly softens and blisters them, leaving them with a soft, appealingly dense, satisfying chew and concentrated flavor. To achieve those results without the hassle of frying, we first softened the beans by steaming them in the microwave. Then we charred them in a skillet with just a couple tablespoons of hot oil. We didn't stir the beans for the first few minutes so that they developed deep color and flavor on one side; then we tossed them in the pan so that they blistered all over. Once they were charred, we topped them with sesame seeds and toasted panko bread crumbs that we'd seasoned with Sichuan peppercorns, sesame oil, and orange.