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

  • 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)
  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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