Food You Can Eat: Honolulu Skillet Beans

This is a quick and easy one pan dinner from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home I tinkered with it a bit, adding the peppers for color, subbing dried orange peel for fresh, and omitting the cumin which I dislike. Any type of beans will work, I used butter and navy because I had them in the pantry.

  • 1 large onion (about 1 1/2 cups) — finely chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper diced
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups cooked small firm beans (two 16-ounce cans)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup or tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • grated peel of 1 orange (abt 1 tablespoon) * I used 1 tsp Penzey’s Orange Peel
  • 3/4 cup fresh or canned crushed pineapple (opt)

Saute onions and peppers in oil until soft, about 10 minutes. While they are cooking drain beans and rinse. In a small bowl stir together hoisin sauce, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, sesame oil, orange peel, and pineapple. When the vegetables are soft add the beans and sauce, stir gently. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

Moosewood suggests serving this with vegetarian hot dogs. I thought it was pretty sweet and needed something salty for balance. I fried some pulled pork with mirin and shoyru until crispy, threw it on top and added a dinner roll for sopping up the sauce. Without the addition of the pork this is a vegetarian/vegan friendly recipe.



  1. Mmmm a seriously versatile inaugural Food You Can Eat post. (Rushes to add ingredients to next week’s grocery list.) I can see it with kielbasa for Keitel and faux hotdogs for me. I made MegMeg’s roasted potatoes this week. Will serve them with sauteed scallops and fresh greens salad.

    • I don’t eat sausage, I can’t abide any fat. But I can see how kielbasa would work with this.
      I’m going to do Meg’s potatoes tomorrow. To have with grilled trout.

    • I have a potato recipe to share that is the simplest, easiest thing ever to make and is amazing! I might need to be reminded to share it.

      When you rush out for the ingredients for Hannibal’s recipe, please make Keitel pick up some toilet paper because I have been picturing him looking over his shoulder, awkwardly, like a teen buying condoms and LMAO since he said that bit.

      I just legit lol’d about it whilst typing this.

      • There is literally no TP to be had – spoke with some neighbors this morning, and zip, zilch, nada. Both our neighbor’s work and Keitel’s work have put the TP on lock down to prevent pilferage. And Myo, he was so appalled that he had to be “one of those” people and get the TP on Thursday night.

        • Well my Kleenex version of shit tickets will be here in a few hours so at least I won’t have to shower or lazily sacrifice hand towels every time my vegan ass sits on the toilet.

          My friend caught someone stealing toilet paper from his restaurant the other day…it’s shameful what people are like. I can’t imagine what people would be like if everything really went to shit.

          I’ll be more pissed off if I can no longer get that real olive oil from Italy from him…because most people don’t know that Italian olive oil in North America is not actually from Italy and has vaseline in it to make people think it is real if refrigerated.

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