I got another healthy and easy Filipino recipe to share, Sautéed Green Beans or Ginisang Bitsuelas. This is one of the few dishes I did when I was just starting to learn how to cook. My mother will walk me through the process of cooking while she sew. Imagine she was by the dining area where her sewing machine was while I am in the kitchen getting instructions from her. It worked because I have watched her cook this so many times so she really did not have to be present in the kitchen while I cook. Up to this time, this is how we shared recipe. Though she is thousand miles away, I just call her and I can start making the dishes I love.
This is a sauté base recipe that can work with other vegetables like ampalaya(bittermelon) or string beans(sitaw) to name a few. You can also add other meat like chicken or pork cut into bite size. Or you can use ground beef or ground pork, I will post that recipe later. To make this extra special I sometimes add stir fried tofu and crispy pork toppings too. This is really easy, tasty and nutritious and done in less than an hour. I like it as side dish with fried fish or simply on its own with hot steamed rice.
To get the shrimp flavor, this is how my mother prepared it. Save the head and shells you remove from fresh shrimp, then pound them in a mortar and pestle. Then add 2 tbsp. water. Transfer to a sieve with a bowl under to collect the juice of course. Or you can do it my way, I separate the shrimp head from the body by cutting. Then I deveined the body and set aside. To prepare the head I carefully remove the shell covering the head, and that will reveal the flesh underneath with all the concentrated fats and juices which will give you the extra flavor. Just discard the shrimp’s walking legs attached to it. Though it is very small in amount believe me it will give you the intense flavor and will give you that added orange color when sautéing this dish.
To cook…put oil in a pan. Sauté garlic first till golden brown then add the sliced onion and tomato till translucent. Then add the deveined shrimp and the fats and juices you remove from the shrimp’s head. Saute for two to three minutes. Add 1 teaspoon fish sauce. Add the sliced green beans with the shrimp and continue sautéing for 2-3 minutes. Then, add 1/4 cup water and cover and let it simmer for a few minutes till its all cook yet still crunchy and tender to your preference. Season with salt to taste. All done and enjoy!
- 1 lb green beans sliced thinly and diagonally
- 10-12 medium sized shrimps cut into two deveined
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 medium sized tomato
- 1 medium sized onion
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- salt to taste
- In a pan or wok, put oil. Saute garlic till golden brown.
- Add sliced onion and tomato till translucent.
- Add the shrimp and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add fish sauce.
- Add the sliced green beans and stir fry for minutes.
- Add water and cover. Simmer for a few minutes till the green beans all cook but still crunchy to your preference.
- Season with salt and adjust to your taste.
- Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!
You can replace the fish sauce with salt adjust to your liking.
On step number 3, you can add shrimp cube if you want more shrimp flavor easily.
To add extra shrimp flavor naturally, separate the shrimp head from the body by cutting. To prepare the head, carefully remove the shell covering the head, that will reveal the flesh with all the concentrated fats and juices cut that part minus the walking legs of the shrimp. Though it is very small in amount believe me it will give you the intense flavor and will give you that added orange color when sautéing this dish.