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Green Beans with Sesame Dressing – 50 Women Game Changers – Hurami Kurihara

Posted Apr 05 2012 8:22pm
Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

Green Beans with Sesame Dressing


Last week in my post about Gourmet Online’s “ 50 Women Game Changers ,” I spoke about Elizabeth Andoh, who specializes in traditional Japanese cooking. This week’s game changer is Harumi Kurihara, a Japanese housewife and mother of two.  She says that her cooking reflects the way that Japanese women really cook. Her recipe that I’ll be presenting today, is green beans with a sesame dressing.

Courtesy Octopus Publishing Group

Courtesy Octopus Publishing Group

How did a housewife end up being as well-known in Japan as Rachael Ray is in the United States? She happened to be married to well-known and loved television personality, Reji Kurihara.  Reji and Hurami often had guests from the television industry to their home and Hurami served them her homemade specialties. A televison executive asked her to assist in a cooking show and that’s how she got started. Her fans love her because she is charismatic, and her food is tasty, quick, and easy to prepare. Many of her recipes have no more than 5 ingredients.

Like many of the other “game changers,” Hurami has a product line featuring kitchen pots and pans, aprons, tableware, and other miscellaneous items. She has published 115 books; which include Harumi’s Japanese Home Cooking: Simple, Elegant Recipes for Contemporary Tastes , and Everyday Harumi .

I found the recipe for green beans with sesame dressing on Culinate , and it’s from her book Everyday Harumi . I have adapted it, slightly. The bean’s have a “dressing,” but it’s more of a sprinkling of flavored ground sesame seeds.


Servings: 3-4

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cooking Time: 7-8 minutes


2 cups green beans

1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds (I used a toaster oven for 1 to 2 minutes. Watch them carefully.)

½ tablespoon mirin

½ to 1 tablespoon soy sauce (I used ½ tablespoon)


1. Prepare the green beans: Lightly cook the beans in a pan of boiling water with a little salt, then drain and rinse under cold running water and pat dry.
2. Make the sesame dressing: Put the toasted sesame seeds into a mortar, preferably a Japanese mortar with a grooved interior. Grind the seeds until they are almost a paste, then add the mirin, and soy sauce, and mix well. Add a little salt if needed. (I used a food processor. If you use one, be careful not to over process the seeds.)
Mix the sesame dressing in with the green beans and serve. (Updated 4/6/12 to mention to toast the sesame seeds.)


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This recipe is also posted at Full Plate Thursday , and The Pennywise Platter

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