Simple Seasoned Aduki Beans

Simple Seasoned Aduki Beans Recipe

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From HealthyGreenKitchen and adapted for crock pot preparation. This can be made vegetarian by omitting the bacon, using your favorite vegetarian bacon substitute or adding a little bit of smoked salt or liquid smoke. To serve-we made rice bowls: line individual serving bowls with a variety of spring greens (turnip, radish, arugula, pea shoots, senposei); followed by a spoonful of the Seasoned Aduki Beans and plain steamed short grain brown rice, grape tomato slices, fresh cilantro. A bowl of red grapes and orange slices for dessert.


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15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 1 1/2 c
    dried aduki/adzuki beans
  • 3 slice
    bacon, crisply cooked and set aside to drain (which was replaced with pancetta)
  • 1 tsp
  • ·
    black pepper, to taste
  • ·
    salt-free garlic powder, to taste (or use fresh)
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    chili powder, to taste
  • 1
    fresh bay leaf
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    ponzu or mirin
  • ·
    more salt or soy sauce/braggs, for seasoning

How to Make Simple Seasoned Aduki Beans


  1. Soak the aduki/adzuki beans in water overnight. After they have soaked, drain them and rinse several times.
    Place rinsed beans, cooked pancetta/bacon/veg bacon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder and bay leaf in the crock pot. Pour water over the beans. Cook on LOW 8-9 hours or HIGH 4-5 until tender. If I'm home all day, I set the crock pot to HIGH for about 2-3 hours then LOW until the beans are cooked.
  2. Drain and transfer beans to a serving bowl (save some of the cooking liquid to re-heat the beans the next day). Season to taste with salt, pepper, soy sauce/Braggs. Stir in about 2 tablespoons ponzu (mirin, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar will work).
  3. Serve plain or over rice or use as a filling for burritos, steamed tortillas or taco shells. Another way to serve the beans as we did would be as a rice bowl. Line a serving bowl with greens (spinach, collard, turnip greens, arugula, etc.). Add a spoonful of beans, then rice. We garnished the rice bowls with our favorite toppings: sliced grape tomatoes, fresh cilantro and diced white onion then finished with a drizzle of Quick & Easy Japanese Salad Dressing.

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About Simple Seasoned Aduki Beans

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American

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