Recipe courtesy of Susan Vu

Pickled Long Beans

Crisp and tender long beans, a lankier version of Western green beans, are pickled in a medley of savory Thai spices. These beans can be a great snack on their own, or make a great accompaniment to sandwiches and salads. Use the leftover brine in vinaigrettes or marinades.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 day 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 day
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: About 6 cups
Share This Recipe


2 cups white distilled vinegar

1/2 cup palm sugar

1/4 cup fish sauce

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 pound long beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch-long pieces

4 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

3 fresh Thai bird chiles, thinly sliced

3 kaffir lime leaves

One 2-inch piece galangal, peeled and thinly sliced


  1. Bring the vinegar, 2 cups water, the palm sugar, fish sauce and kosher salt to a boil in a nonreactive saucepan. Once the mixture is at a full boil, add the long beans, garlic, chiles, kaffir lime leaves and galangal. Stir to combine and boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and cool completely. 
  2. Put the cooled beans and brine into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. 

Cook’s Note

The pickled long beans are a great accompaniment to sandwiches, in salads or eaten on their own. The brine can be used to make vinaigrettes or added to dishes that might need a touch of acid. Galangal can be found at Asian markets; however, you may substitute an equal amount of fresh ginger if you cannot find it fresh.

Fudge Factor

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

How-To: Chocolate Cream Puffs

Make this classic and elegant French dessert using our step-by-step guide.

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee Feb 7, 2013

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel's recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the …

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

How to Make Truffles

Learn how to make a chocolate lover's favorite treat: the classic truffle made from smooth chocolate ganache.