Pan Fried Potatoes with Green Beans

Pan Fried Potato with Green Beans

I must be either a very simple minded or a extremely boring person.
How could I feel so happy for a single potato…?
I had one potato lounging on my counter and a handful of green beans that I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with.
I was hungry and I wanted to EAT them both.., so I put them together.
What a JOY-ous day! I was quite happy how they turned out.

So here it is.., this simple Pan-fried potato and green beans might help your day to be happy, too.
All you need is..,a single Mr. potato,
some attractive green bean ladies,
a clove of garlic who needs serious party time,
salt and pepper,
and lots of toasted sesame seeds, plus a tiny bit of healthy oil to cook them.

But you have to see how I cook together. Sometimes a recipes is not always about the ingredients. It can be about the techniques, too.


First, peel your potato and slice into 1/8″ thick slices.

Then cut these slices into 1/8″ matchsticks.

Rinse. Why? You want to remove some starch so they don’t stick to each other later. Set aside to drain.

You will need about this much of green beans.

Slice green beans diagonally very thin.

In a non-stick surfaced skillet over medium heat, fry chopped garlic in oil for 10 seconds.

Add the potato

Sprinkle some salt and stir.

Cover with lid and cook for 1-2 minute over medium-low heat.

You can tell they are cooked half-way.

Add the green beans and toss. Season with a little salt again.

Cover with lid and continue cooking for another minute or so.

When potato is soft with a little body and the green beans are somewhat crisp tender, it is done. Add freshly ground pepper,

and lots of toasted sesame seeds.  I crush them with my fingers as I add to the pan.

Toss gently all together. Taste to see if you need to add more salt.
You just made the simple, healthy, and tasty potato dish on the planet.

The color contrast,

The texture,

And the nutty fragrance of sesame seeds…

I didn’t care if I had to floss my teeth afterward,

which I eventually did.

I was digging in and finished all.

Pan Fried Potato with Green Beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4 as a side dish


  • 1 russet potato, peeled
  • a small handful (about 3 oz) green beans, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil or canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • a few pinches kosher salt
  • a few dashes black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, crushed


  1. Slice potato into 1/8" thick slices and cut them into thin matchsticks. Rinse potato with cold water and drain, set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, saute garlic for 10 seconds. Add the potato, sprinkle two pinches of salt over and stir. Cover the skillet with a lid and reduce the heat to med-low. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Open the lid and add the green beans, sprinkle with more salt and stir. Cover with the lid again and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove the lid and gently toss the potato and green beans until they are soft with a little body. You might need to adjust the time and heat to achieve the desired texture.
  4. Season with more salt, if you need, and pepper. Sprinkle sesame seeds and gently toss together. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Pan Fried Potato with Green Beans




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  1. 1

    Leah Parra says

    o my! looks delish.  I did receive the moomalangi kimchi that my mom sent (homemade by my aunt) and it survived the long trip all the way here!! she also sent goguma.  another one of my favorite.  Love seeing your blog recipes! makes me feel closer to home. :O)

  2. 3


    You are not alone: we love potatoes, and just last night husband was asking of pan fried potatoes! Boiled new potatoes, pan fried potatoes, mash potatoes are very common on our table. There is nothing wrong with simple plate of potatoes, that is home made. Well done!

  3. 6

    beyondkimchee says

    Thanks Marina. I love all sorts of potato dishes, too. Our life would never be the same without them… :)

  4. 11

    Allie Goodman says

    Wow! This looks great, seems to simple yet something I have never thought to try out. Cant wait to make this later in the week. 

  5. 17

    kitchenriffs says

    Nice knifework!  And a really nice recipe – simple but I know it must taste wonderful.  Really good recipe – thanks.

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