PF Chang’s Crispy Green Beans Recipe & Zesty Dip


If you’ve been to P.F. Chang’s you’ll know that the PF Chang’s Crispy Green Beans Recipe is one of a kind delicious. The green beans are prepared and deep fried in tempura batter and served with a wonderful zesty dipping sauce. Who wouldn’t love to eat green beans prepared this way?

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PF Chang’s Crispy Green Beans & Dip. Photo by CookThink.

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Crispy Fried Green Beans

In the following post we’ll take you step by step through how to make our copycat PF Chang’s Crispy Green Beans Recipe. We’ve also included the bonus of a zesty dipping sauce. Kids and adults alike have grown to love these and we think you will too. Go ahead, give them a try.

P.F. Chang’s Sauce for Fried Green Beans Appetizer

If you’re making an appetizer, in our opinion it’s best with a dip. And making the zesty P.F. Chang’s sauce for fried green beans as an appetizer can be the perfect combination.

P.F. Chang’s Spicy Dip For Fried Green Beans Recipe

To make the spicy dip for fried green beans, you’ll need Japanese mayonnaise, hot sauce, green onion whites, minced garlic and horseradish. To make the sauce, you can simply mix all the ingredients together and put it in the perfect dipping bowl.

P.F. Chang’s Frozen Crispy Green Beans

Some grocery stores sell P.F. Chang’s crispy green beans in a frozen form. You can buy them in a box in the freezer section if you’re looking for a shortcut. But of course, we’re biased, and we think that making them homemade is much tastier because they’re fresh, not frozen.

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PF Chang’s Crispy Green Beans & Dip. Photo by CookThink.

P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Frozen Appetizer Tempura-Battered Green Beans

Like several restaurants do, P.F. Chang’s has menu items that can be purchased in the grocery store freezer section. The tempura-battered green bean appetizer is one of those items. So if you don’t want to make them yourself, but still want to enjoy them at home, this might be an option.

Crispy Fried Green Beans with Sriracha Mayo Zesty Dipping Sauce

Just like at the restaurant, you might want to enjoy this tasty vegetable appetizer with the perfectly paired dipping sauce. And the great thing about making it yourself is that you can customize it. If you enjoy hot foods, you can crank up the sriracha sauce. And if you’re serving it to children or don’t want the spice, you can tone it down and eliminate the hot sauce completely.

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How Do You Make Crispy Fried Green Beans?

There are three main steps to making P.F. Chang’s Crispy Green Beans Recipe. You’ll want to blanch, coat, and then fry them.

Blanch. To blanch your green beans, bring water in a pot to a boil. Add the green beans and let them boil for 1-2 minutes, until they just start to get tender. Remove them from the hot water and place them immediately in ice water to stop them from cooking. Blanched green beans should be bright green in color.

Coat. To coat your green beans, you’ll want to set up two dipping bowls. One will have the buttermilk and the other has the dry ingredient mixture. Begin by coating your beans in the buttermilk and them move them to the dry coating. You might choose to dip them more than once for maximum coating.

Fry. When frying your green beans, you’ll want to be sure to maintain the recommended temperature. Using a candy thermometer can help. Fry the green beans just until the batter begins to turn golden in color. Then remove them from the pan and set them on a paper towel so the excess grease can be absorbed.

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Fried Green Beans Recipe Variations + Tips

There are many ways this recipe can be adjusted to fit your custom preferences.

Baking. If you prefer a lower fat version, completely eliminating the grease in this recipe, you can place your coated green beans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them in a 400F degree oven for 10 minutes, or until the batter is golden brown.

Air Fryer. Another lower fat option is to use an air fryer to cook your coated green beans. You can cook them at 400F degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until the coating is golden brown. Please note that air fryer times and temperatures will vary.

Gluten Free. If you want to make P.F. Chang’s crispy green beans recipe gluten free, you can simply substitute gluten free all-purpose flour for the regular flour.

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PF Chang’s Crispy Green Beans & Dip. Photo by CookThink.

Get This: Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tbsp salt
1 ½ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp ground red pepper
1 lb fresh green beans
1 cup buttermilk
1 recipe zesty dipping sauce

Zesty Dipping Sauce

1 cup Japanese mayonnaise
2 ½ tbsp hot sauce
6 green onion whites, coarsely chopped
4 cloves minced garlic
½ tsp horseradish

Do This: Preparation

1. Snap both ends off the green beans and wash them thoroughly.

2. Bring a pot of water to boil and blanch the green beans. Set aside.

3. Place the buttermilk in a bowl.

4. In a separate medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, salt, red and black pepper.

5. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium high heat until it reaches 350F degrees.

6. Dip the beans in the buttermilk, then dip them in the dry mixture. Fry the green beans in small batches, maintaining the oil’s temperature.

7. Mix the zesty dipping sauce ingredients. Serve PF Chang’s Crispy Green Beans Recipe with dipping sauce and enjoy.

Recipe Notes and Helpful Tips

Unless you have a really large wok or pan to fry the green beans, we recommend coating and frying them in small batches which will help them to cook more evenly and not stick together in one big blob.

Recipe Variations

If you’re looking for PF Chang’s green beans, you’ve come to the right place. Did you know that they serve more than one kind of green beans? If you like some spicy green beans, you might like these too.

PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans

PF Chang’s also serves spicy green beans. Instead of being deep batter fried like the crispy green beans, they are served with a hot spicy sauce that’s been applied. Here’s how to make PF Chang’s spicy green beans.

Ingredients Needed To Make Copycat PF Chang’s Green Beans

2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp corn starch
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
16 oz green beans
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sesame oil
water as needed

In a medium saucepan, mix together sesame oil, minced garlic, red pepper, vinegar, cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Stir until thickened. In another pan, blanch the green beans. Once the beans are finished, drain them well and add the sauce. Serve warm and enjoy!

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