8 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 under-seasoning often leaves them grey and boring. Try these simple recipes bursting with fresh flavor to rediscover your love of green beans.

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    Buttermilk Fried Green Beans

    Molly Watson

    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.

  • 02 of 08

    Green Beans With Jalapeño and Mint

    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.

  • 03 of 08

    Grilled Green Beans

    Grilled Green Beans
    Photo © Molly Watson

    It's true: You can grill green beans. To great effect, too. Grilling intensifies that grassy, green bean flavor beautifully. It's important to note that these require a bit of attention, since you need to place the beans on the grill perpendicular to the metal on the cooking grate.

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    Marinated Green Beans

    Molly Watson

    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.

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  • 05 of 08

    Pickled Green Beans

    Molly Watson

    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.

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    Roasted Green Beans

    Molly Watson

    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.

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    Slowly Braised Green Beans

    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.

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    Steamed Green Beans

    Steamed Green Beans. 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.