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10 Fabulous Green Bean Recipes

Quick and Tasty Ways to Use Pole Beans


When properly prepared, green beans (and their pole bean cousins wax beans, yellow beans, and purple beans) are snappy and delicious. Chronic overcooking or underseasoning often makes them less than exciting. Try these simple recipes bursting with fresh flavor to re-find a love for green beans.

1. Buttermilk Fried Green Beans

Fried Green Beans
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I wish I could find the words to express how much I love these fried green beans. They are coated in the manner of buttermilk-fried chicken – a dip in buttermilk, a dredge in flour, and a quick bath in hot oil to crisp them up. Easy, delicious, and a super fun snack or appetizer.

2. Green Bean, Corn, and Tomato Pasta

Photo © Molly Watson

This light combination of super-summer vegetables, pasta, and a bit of ricotta cheese is easy to throw together and tastes like much more than the simple sum of its ingredients.

3. Green Beans With Jalapeño and Mint

Photo © Molly Watson

This bright, vibrant dressing loaded with fresh mint and jalapeño chiles turns everyday green beans into a fresh, exciting side dish-slash-salad.

4. Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans
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It's true: You can grill green beans. To great effect, too. Grilling intensifies that grassy, green bean flavor beautifully.

5. Marinated Green Beans

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The shallot-laden vinaigrette used to marinate the green beans in this recipe is fresh and bright. This dish works as a salad or a side dish - I've been known to serve them on a bed of arugula or spinach to fancy them up a bit. They are particularly delicious alongside a hearty grilled steak.

6. Pesto Soup With Green Beans

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This light soup is chock full of seasonal summer and early fall vegetables and is wonderfully flavored with a simple dollop of pesto (make your own homemade pesto or use your favorite store-bought).

7. Pickled Green Beans

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These bright, crispy refrigerator pickles are easy to make and add their spicy kick to any relish tray, crudité platter, or a very special Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary.

8. Roasted Green Beans

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Roasting gives green beans crispy edges to contrast their tender insides. It's a delicious and easy way to cook green beans for one or for a crowd.

9. Slow Braised Green Beans

Photo © Molly Watson

Just thinking about these beans makes me hungry. Rather than cooking them to a trendy crisp-tender texture, this recipe slowly cooks green beans until they are extremely tender and infused with the flavor of the cooking liquid, but stops short of turning them mushy. They are perfection next to a roast chicken.

10. Steamed Green Beans

Photo © Molly Watson

When steamed to a crisp-tender texture and dressed with a bit of fresh butter, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper, fresh garden green beans are a complete delight.

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