Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans are a deliciously easy side dish recipe idea that uses fresh green beans, honey, sriracha, and Bachan’s Japanese BBQ sauce you will LOVE!

sweet and spicy green beans

Sweet and spicy green beans are the perfect side for any meal.

It takes any main dish to the next level and is my favorite way to pack a lot of flavor into a crowd’s favorite veggies.

Don’t you love new ways of cooking a unique side dish?!

sweet and spicy roasted green beans

How to Make Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

First, you’ll gather your ingredients:

Now, let’s talk about cooking methods for green beans.

With this recipe, I’m going to roast the green beans. However, you could definitely use a large skillet and cook over high heat using this same seasoning.

If you want to make some of this recipe ahead of time, you’ll want to blanch the green beans in boiling water, then shock in ice water. You can then store the green beans until you are ready to use them! (This method is especially helpful if you’re using a skillet cooking process, and not roasting in the oven.)

What kind of green beans can you use besides fresh?

You could use frozen green beans, just run them under some hot water to remove any ice crystals.

I’ve never tried this with canned green beans, but I don’t see why the glaze wouldn’t work!

Other vegetables to try with this recipe:

  • Bell Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Snap Peas
fresh green beans on a roasting pan

Spread your green beans out on a sheet pan, and drizzle olive oil on top. Give a good toss using your hands, then sprinkle kosher salt over top. Toss again!

Roast these green beans in the oven for 20 minutes, at 425˚.

425˚ is a great medium high heat to roast any vegetable.

While the beans roast, you’ll make the glaze.

roasted green beans with an asian style sauce

Let’s make the sweet and spicy glaze!

This could be used for any food, really. While we’re making enough for this one recipe, feel free to use the same ratios and create your own leftover sauce for later.

In a small bowl mix together honey, sriracha, and Bachan’s Japanese BBQ Sauce.

I used a 1-1-1 ratio, so a tablespoon of each.

You can control the heat level, so if you’re not a spicy foods fan, don’t add as much sriracha.

Substitution Ideas:

Instead of honey, try brown sugar

  • If you don’t have sriracha, but you have garlic chili sauce, use that!
  • Bachan’s is a new to me item, so if you can’t find it, try this spicy soy marinade instead!
  • If you’re a fan of sesame oil, add just a tinge. Not much at all!
  • You could also grate in some garlic cloves, or use a drizzle of garlic oil.
ugly green beans

After your green beans are blistered and roasted to a golden brown and look rather ugly, remove them from the oven and drizzle your sweet and spicy glaze over top.

sweet and spicy green beans

Give a good toss with tongs or a spatula, and put back in the oven for a few minutes.

Now, because there is sweet sugars in the glaze you’ll want to keep an eye close to the oven so nothing burns.

Once the beans are roasted to your preference, remove from the oven and plate.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, you could sprinkle some sesame seeds over top! Or even a tiny amount of red pepper flakes! << This is a great way to let every one know it’s a spicy green bean recipe.

sweet and spicy roasted green beans

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Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: oven-baked


Sweet and Spicy Green Beans are a deliciously easy side dish recipe idea that uses fresh green beans, honey, sriracha, and Bachan’s Japanese BBQ sauce you will LOVE!


  • 1 lb. Fresh, Trimmed Green Beans
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Sweet and Spicy Glaze

  • 1 TBS Honey
  • 1 TBS Sriracha
  • 1 TBS Bachan’s Japanese BBQ Sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 425˚.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, drop your green beans and drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  3. Give this a good toss so every bean is coated!
  4. Plop the green beans onto a half sheet pan, and roast at 425˚ for 20 minutes.
  5. While the beans roast, mix up your glaze.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of sriracha, and 1 tablespoon of Bachan’s Japanese BBQ sauce. Set this to the side.
  7. After the beans have roasted for 20 minutes, and look blistered and golden brown, remove from the oven.
  8. Drizzle your sweet and spicy glaze over top, and toss well.
  9. Place back in the oven for 3-5 minutes to allow the glaze to “adhere” to the beans. Watch closely so the glaze doesn’t burn!
  10. Remove from the oven and serve!


You can play with the ratios of the glaze, if you don’t like it as spicy use less sriracha.

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