Stir-fried French Beans with Egg

French beans with egg (四季豆炒蛋) is a comfort food dish which I grew up eating. It is an alternative version of my mum’s long beans omelette recipe, with the beans cut to longer slices. It is really simple to cook with only 3 main ingredients (french beans, egg and garlic), and especially enjoyable with a bowl of porridge.

French Beans with Egg

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

First posted in Dec 2007, now updated with improved recipe.

French Beans with Egg Recipe

This quick and easy egg has minimal ingredients and goes very well with porridge or rice.

For best results, choose French beans which is light green rather than dark green as they are more tender.


  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 4 dashes white pepper powder to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 150 grams french beans (四季豆) ends trimmed and cut diagonally to 1-2cm slices
  • 1/8 tsp salt to taste


  1. Season beaten egg with light soy sauce and white pepper; mix well and set aside.
  2. Cook French beans. Heat oil in wok and stir fry garlic until fragrant. Add sliced beans and salt. Stir fry until the beans are almost cooked, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the egg. Pour egg mixture over the beans. Cut the egg to smaller bits with a spatula as you stir-fry, until the egg is set.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. 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.
  2. You may substitute the recipe with long beans or what some supermarkets label as “baby fine beans”.