Lemon & Garlic Green Beans Recipe

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It is rare to have a side dish which everyone keeps reaching for instead of the main dish. That's especially true if its a fairly simple green vegetable side. But these green beans were truly that good. We used packaged, thin french cut green beans from Trader Joes. They are tender and tasty on their own, but I've never had them taste anywhere near this good. Give this a try and you may have a new favorite vegetable side!

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Servings: 6


Cost per serving $0.95 view details


  1. Blanch the green beans in a large stock pot of well salted boiling water until bright green in color and tender crisp, roughly 2 minutes. Drain and shock in a bowl of ice cold water to prevent further cooking.
  2. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and the butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. (We have kids with sensitive palates, so we added 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes and served the other 1/2 tsp on the table.) Add the beans and continue to saute until coated and heated through, about 5 minutes. Add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 163g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 271  
Calories from Fat 83 31%
Total Fat 9.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 3.18g 13%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Potassium 568mg 16%
Total Carbs 36.94g 10%
Dietary Fiber 14.4g 48%
Sugars 0.08g 0%
Protein 10.8g 17%



  • Debbi Simms
    August 12, 2015
    This is a wonderful side dish for many main meals even part of warm salad
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • JoAnn W
      August 12, 2015
      We love the lemon zest and the spicy touch. This can be adapted to asparagus which has been steamed briefly, then sauteed...yum
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      • J. Gino Genovesi
        August 12, 2015
        Looks and sounds tasty John. Hope some of my recipes looks this great. Gino
        • Chere
          August 13, 2015
          This looks wonderful
          • Dennis D. Sturtz
            August 13, 2015
            It's great with fresh grown green bean. With these your blanching time might be a tad bit longer. You're still looking for the bright color and tenderness in blanching. As a nice variation is to substitute 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and add about 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seed just before serving.
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
            This is a variation


            • ShaleeDP
              August 14, 2015
              I will give this a try, I like green beans and so does my daughter.

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