Lemon and Garlic Green Beans

Hi Everyone,

This past weekend Cherry Season opened and I had the grand idea of going cherry picking.  I drove out to the orchards, which isn’t to far for me and what did I find?  A major car jam!  I’m driving along with the thoughts of fresh cherries in my mind and when I got to the country there was nothing but cars.  It was like the county fair was in town or something.  Everyone was there going cherry picking.  It was crazy, I never seen anything like it in my neck of the woods.  So needless to say I didn’t get to go cherry picking, but I did stop by a local produce stand and bought two baskets of cherries.  It was $8.00 a basket, but well worth it because I didn’t want to have to fight to find cherries.  At the stand they also had Blue Lake Green Beans and today’s recipe came to mind, so I bought a bag of them.  Let me share with you an incredible green bean recipe; Lemon and Garlic Green Beans.

Lemon and Garlic Green Beans

These green beans have so much flavor and is a cinch to make.  They are a little crunchy, full of garlic flavor, a hint of spice, a little lemony and very buttery, simple delish.  This recipe makes a great side dish to go along with chicken, steak or pork.  Heck, they are so good, you could eat them as a meal in it’s self.

Lemon and Garlic Green Beans

To make them I added my green beans to a pot of boiling water and cooked them for 2 minutes, than placed them in an ice bath.  When they were cooling, I heated up olive oil, butter and garlic, yum!  Added the green beans, red chili flakes and sauteed it until tender.  Just at the end, I added lemon zest.  So perfect, so simple and my new favorite green bean recipe.

Lemon and Garlic Green Beans

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Lemon and Garlic Green Beans
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: Approx. 4 cups
  • Serving size: Approx. 1 cup
  • Calories: 121
  • Fat: 9
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 8
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 15
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Light, buttery, garlicky green beans with a hint of spice and lemon zest.
  • 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a large pot, bring approximately 5 cups of water to a boil. Add green beans and blanch for about 2 minutes, or until dark green in color. Add green beans to a bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking.
  2. While beans are cooling; in a large skillet, add olive oil, butter and garlic. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Add the green beans (drain from ice bath) and garlic flakes, cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add lemon zest,and salt.

Lemon and Garlic Green Beans

Yum, yum, yum!  I love simple side dishes like this.  I served this with BBQ Chicken and Macaroni Salad.  It was a perfect compliment to my meal.

I hope you have a great day!



Lemon and Garlic Green Beans


  1. I am so excited about cherries!!

    These green beans look delicious 🙂

  2. This is my all time favorite vegetable side – I serve it every Easter with the same ingredients to so many compliments. Love having your measurements to pass along to my girls for their soon to be own homes. 🙂 🙂 Definitely making it tonight after work with grilled marinated rosemary chicken and pasta.


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