Green Beans Side Dish with Shallot Butter

LAST UPDATED: May 04, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Aug 12, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

Green beans are a classic side dish, and it is so easy to elevate them for a really tasty and delicious accompaniment. These green beans are cooked with a shallot butter, take just 10 minutes to make and they are so easy to prepare with just a handful of ingredients.

Green beans side dish in a shallow pan

Really, is there anything better? I can eat green beans in shallot butter like they’re candy, and to those who knew me growing up, that would be a shock. Fresh green beans are not only easy to prepare, but they’re so pretty. I love a plate with presence. You know, the kind at a restaurant that has others looking over like “I’ll have what she’s having”. Well I’ll have green beans in shallot butter any day of the week, especially since it’s one of the few veggies I crave.

To Make This Green Bean Side Dish You Will Need:

Just a handful of simple ingredients to make a restaurant quality side dish!

  • Green beans: fresh and organic if possible.
  • Butter: salted.
  • Shallot
  • Black pepper: freshly cracked

How to Make Green Beans with Shallot Butter

Place clean green beans in a saucepan and cover with 1 c water. Bring to a boil over medium heat {about 5 minutes}.

Beans in a pot of water

Pour the cooked green beans over a strainer filled with ice. 

beans draining in a colander

Meanwhile, melt butter and sauté shallot. Return green beans to the pan, toss and serve.

What To Serve With This Green Bean Side Dish

These green beans are so delicious and you can elevate them even more by garnishing them with Gremolata! Serve the cooked beans alongside your usual side dishes, they are perfect to accompany a turkey at Thanksgiving or lamb at Easter! Check out these recipes for more serving ideas:

A wooden spoon moving the beans around in the butter

How To Trim Green Beans

I use kitchen scissors to quickly trim green beans, it’s far better than snapping green beans like I did with my Grandma for so many years, though I wouldn’t change that time with her for anything. I line up the stemmed edge in a bunch to trim them at once.

The smaller tip of the bean is personal preference whether you like to trim it or not, I do it to keep it consistent  for aesthetics. You know, because everyone judges the green beans before you eat them. I might be a little more type A than I previously thought.

Can You Make This Side Dish Ahead Of Time?

You can obviously trim the beans ahead of time, so that if they are part of a larger feast you can get ahead of yourself. You can also boil the beans slightly ahead of time and keep them to one side, then just sauté them just before serving. If you do this, be sure to pour them over the ice as this will help them to stay a vibrant green.

Are Green Beans Healthy?

Not only is this side dish deliciously tasty, these green beans also contain a load of vitamins and nutrients including:

  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Vitamin K

By adding these green beans to your plate, you will be helping to create a well balanced and yummy meal.

Green beans side dish ready to serve

Top Tips For Making This Green Bean Side Dish with Shallot Butter

  • Use fresh, and if possible, organic green beans.
  • Don’t overcook the beans, yo still want to have a bite to them.
  • Be sure to drain them over ice, this way they will keep their vibrant color.

Be sure to check out these other vegetable side dish recipes:

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Easy green beans in shallot butter sauce

Green Beans in Shallot Butter

Julie Blanner
Green beans are a classic side dish, and it is so easy to elevate them for a really tasty and delicious accompaniment. These green beans take just 10 minutes to make and they are so easy to prepare with just a handful of ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 116 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • fresh cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place clean, trimmed green beans in a saucepan and cover with 1 c water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat {about 5 minutes}.
  • Pour green beans over a strainer filled with ice.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter and sauté shallot for 3 minutes. Return green beans to the pan, toss and serve.

Notes

  • Use fresh, and if possible, organic green beans.
  • Don't overcook the beans, yo still want to have a bite to them.
  • Be sure to drain them over ice, this way they will keep their vibrant color.

 

Nutrition

Calories:116kcalCarbohydrates:9gProtein:2gFat:9gSaturated Fat:6gCholesterol:23mgSodium:84mgPotassium:260mgFiber:3gSugar:4gVitamin A:1049IUVitamin C:14mgCalcium:45mgIron:1mg
Keywords green beans in butter, green beans recipe, green beans side dish
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