THE BEST GREEN BEAN SIDE DISH YOU’LL EVER TASTE

In 15 minutes, you’ll transform fresh green beans into a side dish that becomes a family favorite. And why not? It’s covered in pecan pieces sautéed in butter, and topped with a sprinkle of lemon zest. While each ingredient adds its own fabulous flavor profile, the browned butter blends them into a finger-licking vegetable and vegan recipe you’ll crave again and again.

Brown Butter Green Beans Keto Recipe

SOME NUTRITION FACTS ABOUT GREEN BEANS

Let’s talk green beans/snap beans/string beans. Same vegetable, different names. Native to North, South, and Central America, they’re now cultivated worldwide and available fresh year-round. Nutritionally, they pack a wallop. They’re an excellent source of vitamin K, a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, folate and vitamin B2, and a good source of B1, B6, vitamin E, vitamin A, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and more. They also provide a heap of phytonutrients, including carotenoids and flavonoids, which function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

HOW TO SELECT THE BEST GREEN BEANS

Selecting fresh green beans isn’t rocket science. You can buy them at the grocery store or farmer’s market, and for me, l like to pick them individually from the bin. Prepackaged green beans are OK, but check the best buy date for freshness. Look for a vibrant green color and smooth skin, free from brown spots. I snap one or two to make sure their texture is nice and firm. Always store unwashed fresh beans in a plastic bag in the fridge.

 

INGREDIENTS

Fresh Green Beans – Rinsed with ends trimmed

Butter – Unsalted or Salted

Chopped Fresh Pecans – Adds a little crispy crunch, and a sweet nutty and buttery flavor

Grated Lemon Peel – Adds a bright citrus flavor with little bitterness

Salt and Black Pepper – To taste.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Rinse: Green beans in cold water and cut or snap off the ends. If I can’t find green beans that pass my freshness test, I buy bagged French green beans and leave the ends intact as the stems are cut back and not woody.

Boil and drain: In a large pot, boil for 6-8 minutes until they’re crispy-tender. Drain.

Melt: butter in a saucepan over medium heat and  stir in chopped pecans (or pine nuts) and simmer until butter is golden-brown.

Pour and Toss: Pour butter pecan mixture over beans and toss.

Top: with grated lemon peels, but if you prefer, try orange peels. We serve these green beans for Thanksgiving last year, and thanks to the rave reviews, it’s become a side dish staple.

 

WHAT PROTEIN PAIRS WELL WITH GREEN BEANS?

The answer is…just about everything. We serve this side dish with ham, chicken, turkey, pork, beef. 

 

HOW TO STORE BROWN BUTTER GREEN BEANS

Place any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat on stovetop or in microwave.

 

 

 

Brown Butter Green Beans Keto Recipe

Brown Butter Green Beans Recipe

Crisp-tender green beans drizzled in a savory sauce of browned butter and pecan pieces, topped with tangy lemon zest. Uses 4 ingredients, 15 minutes from start to serve. Bursting with flavor and texture, you'll make this low-carb veggie side-dish again and again.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 15 minute side dish, brown butter green beans, easy low carb sides, green bean side dish, green beans recipe, keto side dish, pecan green beans, quick easy side dishes, vegan side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Joanie Robach

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound fresh green beans
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh pecans
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse beans and cut or snap ends. Place into 2-quart saucepan, adding just enough water to cover the beans. Heat to boiling. Boil uncovered for 6 to 8 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain.
  • In small saucepan melt butter over low heat. Stir in chopped pecans and increase heat to medium. Continue stirring until butter is golden brown. This will only take a minute or two.
    Brown Butter Green Beans Keto Recipe
  • Remove from heat and pour butter mixture over beans. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with lemon peel before serving.
    Brown Butter Green Beans Keto Recipe

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Green Beans Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
136
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Cholesterol
 
23
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
80
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
200
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
850
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
11.1
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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