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Trader Sam’s Panko Long Beans Copycat Recipe

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Trader Sam's Panko Long Beans Copycat Recipe

It’s no secret I love Trader Sam’s, the tiki bar at The Disneyland Hotel, and it’s no secret one of my favorite menu items is the Panko Long Beans, which is a mixture of healthy green beans and deep fried pore-clogging deliciousness. I never thought about trying to make them at home until some green beans showed up in my weekly farm box and a light bulb went off above my head, like you see in old timey cartoons. I don’t own a deep fryer, and fried food makes my face break out, but I knew I could probably come up with some kind of baked alternative. Also, I discovered during my recipe research that Trader Sam’s Panko Long Beans are made with flour and cornstarch, two things I’m not supposed to eat. I will take a moment to accept your condolences …

Anyway, I found a recipe on Kitchen Treaty that sounded perfect and is corn- and flour-free!* I experimented with the ingredients until it tasted similar to the Trader Sam’s version. Now, it’s inherently true a baked version of a fried food won’t taste as good, that’s just science. And lots and lots of oil. BUT I think these are a really nice and easy “at home” version for when you can’t get to the real thing.

*As always, check all ingredients carefully if you have an allergy.

Trader Sam's Panko Long Beans Copycat Recipe

Trader Sam’s Panko Long Beans Copycat Recipe

Adapted from Kitchen Treaty
Servings: 4


1/2 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg
2 tablespoons olive oil
The juice from one small lemon (optional)



1) Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a small, shallow dish (with room for the beans to roll around), stir together the Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt and pepper.
3) Crack egg into a different shallow dish and whisk along with 2 tablespoons water.
4) Working with three or four beans at a time, dip the beans into the egg, then roll in the crumbs, turning and rolling to coat. Gently lay the beans on the baking sheet in a single layer.
5) Evenly drizzle olive oil on top of beans.
6) Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the breadcrumb coating starts to turn golden brown.
7) Squeeze a little lemon juice over the beans if you’d like and sprinkle with additional salt, to taste. Serve immediately.

Trader Sam's Panko Long Beans Copycat Recipe

A couple notes:

I’m very sensitive to sodium and while 2 teaspoons of garlic salt seems like a lot, I didn’t think these were very salty and I actually added a little table salt to my portion! You can add more or less salt depending on your taste preference.

The little squeeze of lemon juice actually adds a ton of flavor! Try to use fresh lemons if possible.

These don’t really reheat well … so just make enough for one meal or snack.

Trader Sam's Panko Long Beans Copycat Recipe

Let me know if you try these yourself! I hope you enjoy them!

About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.