Lemon-Garlic Haricots Verts

Don’t get me wrong, I do love some me Southern style green beans — you know, the ones cooked for hours over a stove, usually swimming alongside a healthy portion of pork fat?

However,  while studying in Paris, discovered for the first time in my life what actual green bean/”haricots verts” are supposed to taste like: crisp, bright, + fresh.

Can we also mention that they take less than 10 minutes to cook — and the ones from the freezer are perfect! In fact, I prefer the frozen Trader Joe’s “French Green Beans” – they can go from freezer to table in no time flat. I ALWAYS keep them on hand for a quick + healthy side dish.

Lemon-Garlic Haricots Verts (French Green Beans)

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 5 minutes


  • ¼ cup butter, melted (or ghee, if dairy free)
  • 16 ounces fresh or frozen haricots verts (French green beans)…I like the frozen ones from Trader Joe’s
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • Zest of one lemon



Melt butter in large saute pan on medium low, careful not to burn.


Toss in haricots verts and cook for 2-3 minutes until crisp-tender. (Don’t over cook – they are meant to be served with a slight crisp.)


Add garlic, salt, pepper + finish with fresh lemon zest.


Don't skip the lemon zest! This one ingredient will lift + brighten flavor of green beans without adding sourness of lemon juice. Need a microplane? It's one of my favorite kitchen tools and can be purchased here! Microplane 46020 Premium Black Zester/Grater

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