Stir-fried French Beans with Egg

French Beans with Egg

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Note: First posted in Dec 2007, now republished with improved photos and recipe.

French beans with egg (四季豆炒咸蛋) is a comfort food dish which I grew up eating, and basically the stir-fried version of my mum’s long beans omelette recipe. It is really simple to cook with only 3 main ingredients (french beans, egg and garlic), and especially enjoyable with a bowl of porridge.

See Also: Mum’s Recipes

It is simple home-cooked dishes like this which I never get tired of eating all these years. I always try to keep some french beans in the fridge because I know I can whip up this healthy dish quickly (in about 15 minutes) and effortlessly, perfect for eating light or/and busy nights.

French Beans with Egg

French Beans with Egg Recipe

This is a quick and easy egg stir-fry has minimal ingredients and goes very well with porridge or rice.


  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • white pepper powder to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 150 grams french beans (四季豆) ends trimmed and sliced diagonally to about 1-2cm length
  • salt to taste


  1. Season beaten egg with light soy sauce and white pepper; mix well and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in wok and stir fry garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add sliced French beans and a tiny pinch of salt to the wok, stir fry until the beans are almost cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the beans and stir-fry until the egg is no longer wet.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. For best results, choose French beans which is light green rather than dark green.
  2. Slice the French beans according to your desired thickness. You can slice them as thinly as those in my long beans omelette – it will cook faster and also easier to eat.
  3. You may substitute the recipe with long beans or what some supermarkets label as “baby fine beans”.