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Sesame Bean Sprouts
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
2 mins

A simple Japanese side dish Sesame Bean Sprouts only requires 4 ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. You don’t even need a stove to steam bean sprouts!

Recipe Type: Sides
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: bean sprouts, sesame dressing
Serves: 4 as a side
Author: Yumiko
Ingredients (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)
  • 250g/8.8oz bean sprouts (fresh)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp stock powder (chicken or vegetable)
  • ½ tsp soy sauce
  • Roasted white sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
  1. Rinse the bean sprouts, shake dry (retain moisture and do not dry completely), then wrap in cling wrap (note 1).

  2. Microwave for 1-1½ minutes, then remove and unwrap immediately so they don't continue cooking. Note: if your microwave is not very powerful you might need another 30 seconds. The bean sprouts should not be as crisp as they were, but not limp either.

  3. While the bean sprouts are still hot, squeeze out the excess water. Use a couple of paper towels or a tea towel if they are very hot. (note 2)

  4. Place the bean sprouts in a bowl. Mix well with remaining ingredients.
  5. Place the dressed bean sprouts in a serving bowl to share or individual small serving bowls. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the bean sprouts if using.
  6. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

1. When wrapping the bean sprouts, make sure that there are no openings in the cling wrap otherwise the steam will escape and the bean sprouts will be undercooked.

I use two long layers of cling wrap, placing one sheet perpendicular to the other. After washing the bean sprouts, place them in the centre of the cling wrap, then fold the 4 ends of the cling wrap over the bean sprouts to cover them completely.

2. It is easier to take a handful of bean sprouts at a time to squeeze the water out.

3. You can pre-make it and store in the fridge for a day or two, although there is really no need to make ahead as it takes so little time to make it.

4. Nutrition per serving as a side.

serving: 68g calories: 49kcal fat: 3.5g (5%) saturated fat: 0.5g (3%) trans fat: 0g polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g monounsaturated fat: 1.4g cholesterol: 0mg (0%) sodium: 335mg (14%) potassium: 97mg (3%) carbohydrates: 3.8g (1%) dietary fibre: 1.1g (4%) sugar: 2.6g protein: 2g vitamin a: 0.3% vitamin c: 14% calcium: 0.7% iron: 3.2%