Recipe: Brown Butter Dijon Green Beans {The Best Ever Green Beans}

by Cate on January 9, 2014

Browned butter. Dijon mustard. Fresh green beans. All comes together quickly and perfectly.

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When it comes to green beans, I have a take it or leave it relationship with them. If they’re there, I’ll eat them, but I don’t often go looking for a new recipe for them.

Unless it’s this version that we first made three years ago. Which is amazing and delicious and OMG-worthy.

But then, a few weeks ago, I spotted a version of green beans billed as “the best ever.”

And, well, you know I had to make them.

Quality control and all in terms of the usage of the phrase “the best ever.”

A simple recipe using ordinary ingredients.

That just manages to come together to make … pretty awesome green beans.

I can’t say “the best ever,” because, so far, I feel like it’s hard to top the Not Your Mama’s Green Bean Casserole linked above.

That might never happen.

But this recipe? A strong, solid second place contender.

Delicious and quick to make, it elevates green beans to something you actually want on your plate. I, for a brief moment, thought they might be even amazing enough to pass muster with the kids.

But I was wrong. They tried and didn’t like them.

But don’t let that stop you. I know you know better.

And soon enough, they will too.

Hungry for more green bean recipes?
These Green Beans with Crumbled Feta Cheese is another go-to recipe, super simple and full-on flavor.

Brown Butter Dijon Green Beans
Recipe courtesy of Total Noms

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed of their ends
  • kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • zest of one lemon + 1 tsp juice, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Once the bubbling subsides and brown bits appear in the butter, add the green beans right away and a sprinkling of kosher salt. Toss to coat the beans in the butter and allow to cook for 3 minutes, until the beans are bright green and starting to show signs of browning.
  2. Add the garlic to the skillet with the beans and allow to cook for a minute, stirring every so often. Add the dijon mustard and toss again to coat everything.
  3. Remove to a serving dish and garnish with lemon zest and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
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Joanne January 10, 2014 at 8:34 am

I don’t go crazy for green beans either, but with brown butter mustard…hmmm. I just might.
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Betsy | JavaCupcake.com January 10, 2014 at 10:19 am

Ohhh…. I go crazy for green beans. And sometimes, my kids even request them fresh. Actually, my daughter just said this week…. can we put fresh green beans on the menu? I’m definitely going to add this version to our “must-try” dinner list!! Great recipe!
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Angie | Big Bear's Wife January 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

oooooo brown butter YES! I love anything with brown butter haha. I bet these are fantastic!
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meredith in sock monkey slippers January 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

Looks delicious!

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Lauren @ Healthy Delicious January 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

It’s funny- I love green beans, but often completely forget that they exist! I found a bag in my freezer last night and was thinking I should make them this weekend… this recipe might be the winner!
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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 10, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Dijon is awesome and I love the way you used it here!
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Angie January 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Those do look like the best green beans, a must try!
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Meg January 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Whew, these sound awesome! I absolutely love green beans, but I’m definitely up for new suggestions on how to prepare them. Yum!
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patsy January 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Uh, yeah… brown butter has to make green beans more delicious to picky eaters… and if not, who cares? More for us!
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Paula - bell'alimento January 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Brown butter makes everything better : )
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