Easy mung bean sprouts recipe 🥗

Mung bean sprouts are tasty and loaded with health benefits. This easy bean sprout recipe will show you how to make them delicious. This method also works with other kinds of sprouts. If you’re interested in the health benefits, Healthline wrote a great article.

Today I am using sprouts that I grew using this method.

Cleaned mung bean sprouts in a strainer and the tails on a plate.
All cleaned up and ready

My preference is to remove the roots before cooking. Removing the roots is not required, but I think it makes the sprouts taste better. Sometimes when you buy them in the bag, the roots are already removed or are very small. In that case, you can bypass this step.

After cleaning I had eight ounces of bean sprouts and three ounces of roots.

Recipe ingredients laid out on a table
All ingredients ready to go

Since the cooking time is very quick you need to have your ingredients ready.


Bean sprouts: For this recipe, we used fresh mung bean sprouts. Soybean sprouts will also work.

Fresh garlic: For this method only fresh garlic will do.

Green onion: It adds a nice flavor and a little color.

Salt: The dish does need salt.

Oil: For cooking use a neutral flavored oil that you like.

Sesame oil: Used for flavor.

A pan with oil, garlic and green onion
The house is smelling good.

Preheat your pan, then add the oil, garlic, and green onion. If you want to add other veggies like ginger or bell pepper, add them now as well.

Cook until the garlic brings a nice smell to the kitchen, then add the bean sprouts, salt, and sesame oil. If you want to add some soy sauce, add it (but cut back on the salt).

Keep flipping the sprouts to mix in the seasoning until the sprouts have slightly softened. This should only take around three minutes. If they start to release the water, they are done; as soon as they are done, remove them from the hot pan.

Finished dish of stir fried bean sprouts in a pan. This is a pin for Pinterest
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Finished dish of stir fried bean sprouts in a pan.

Easy mung bean sprouts recipe

Basic stir fried and seasoned mung bean sprouts
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: mung bean sprouts, sprouts
Servings: 4
Calories: 40kcal
Author: James Strange


  • 8 oz Mung bean sprouts Cleaned, roots removed
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oil Neutral flavored oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Finely minced
  • 1 Green onion Finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame oil


  • To a pan on medium high heat add the oil, garlic and green onion. Cook until the garlic starts to smell. The add the bean sprouts, salt and sesame oil.
  • Use tongs to keep turning the bean sprouts. Cook 3 or 4 minutes. When they start to release water they are done.
  • Remove from the pan so they can cool down.


Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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