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Haricots Verts (French Green Beans)

Perfectly cooked French Green beans (Haricots Verts) with shallot and a hint of lemon. They make the best side dish to any meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Servings: 5
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 2 cup water
  • 1 pound French green beans , firm and small
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot , peeled and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt , or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Place beans in a large skillet. Add 2 cups water to the skillet.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until barely tender, but still crisp. About 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Drain beans and water and set aside.
  • Add butter to the skillet over medium heat. Once melted add the shallots and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the beans and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • Store cooked green beans in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Reheat for a few seconds in the microwave or enjoy cold.  I love to eat them cold on a salad.


Optional Add-In's
  • Toated almonds
  • Bacon bits
  • Roasted garlic
  • Diced ham


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg