Lemon-Garlic Green Beans

These tender-crisp lemon-garlic green beans have tons of flavor from shallots, garlic and the tangy lemon. It's the perfect simple green bean side dish that pairs well with everything.

Lemon-Garlic Green Beans
Photo: Will Dickey
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallot

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add beans to the boiling water; boil for 3 minutes. Drain the beans and immediately transfer to the ice water; let stand for 2 minutes. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the beans and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the beans are tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

94 Calories
5g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 94
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 843IU 17%
Sodium 202mg 9%
Potassium 270mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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