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Lemon Garlic Green beans

I've been making this one since 2/2010, originally posted 9/2013.  Post has been updated with new text and photos. 

Green beans are one of the few veggies my guys will eat without complaint so that means we eat them a lot. This is recipe from Taste of Home is one of our favorite ways to have them.  I love that it uses ingredients that I always have on hand.

Since neither of them like heat, I hold the crushed red pepper flakes and add them to my portion.  My son tops his off with a little drizzle of honey.  It's such a simple dish that really lets the freshness of the beans shine through.  I've also made them with steam in bag frozen green beans when I can't get fresh ones, and it's still very good.

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Lemon Garlic Green Beans

Lemon Garlic Green Beans


  • 2 lb. fresh green beans
  • Zest of 1 lemon (1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (1/2 to 1)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Blanch green beans in salted water until bright green and tender crisp, about 2 minutes (I steam them). Shock in ice water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Heat a large skillet; add olive oil and butter and stir until butter melts. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add beans; saute until coated in butter and heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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  1. We are green bean fans too, but I am kind of boring in the way I usually fix them. This looks like a delicious way to change it up a bit!

  2. Great flavor in these green beans. A nice way to take this common side up a notch.

  3. Love the idea of this simple way to brighten up green beans. Must give it a try!

  4. I love that your son adds a touch of honey! Sounds delicious.

  5. This is such a simple and easy side dish for green beans.

  6. A great way to enjoy summer veggies!!! These look wonderful!

  7. I'm always looking for ways to jazz up the veggies for my son. These are perfect. I LOVE that he adds honey to his! Sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!


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