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Lemon Butter Green Beans

This simple Lemon Butter Green Beans recipe is a delicious and healthy side dish. Made with steamed fresh green beans tossed in lemon juice, butter, and parmesan cheese.

Looking for more green bean recipes? Try my classic green bean casserole, or this easy roasted green beans recipe!

A SIMPLE GREEN BEANS RECIPE

Is it just me or are vegetables drenched in butter welcomed by everyone and anyone? Let’s discuss.

By the way, HI! Happy day! Hope you’re mid-weekday is going as best as you imagined it. I’m on my way to Nordstrom’s to find some new threads for the weekend, so yes, my day is going just as I wanted it to! *hi-fiving myself*

And these crisp green beans would make my entire day entirely complete!

Lemon Butter Green Beans - Steamed fresh green beans tossed with butter and parmesan cheese.

HOW TO MAKE LEMON BUTTER GREEN BEANS

These gorgeous green beans are all covered in a luscious butter sauce and sprinkled with a bit of parmesan cheese. If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re about to change your view of the world! Okay, too far. But they will certainly change your mind about green beans. 

The story about this recipe? Let’s just say that those Amish ladies I met in Cleveland would be SO super proud of me! I loved their green beans, and when I asked her about how they were prepared, all she said was lemon and butter. Coo’, I said. I’ll see if I can replicate it, I said. And I DID!

Lemon Butter Green Beans - Steamed fresh green beans tossed with butter and parmesan cheese.

Things went well, very well, but I still think theirs were just a tad bit more delicious. However, I also think they used a pound of that amazing Amish butter, while I used 4 tablespoons of *grocery brand* Butter. I was tempted to throw in a few garlic cloves, but I was able to resist. After all, it was their recipe I was trying to clone to a T. 

This is just a winning savory little side dish right here. It’s simple, and it’s very quick (7.34 minutes?), and it tastes damn good. It’s also adaptable, but don’t change the whole butter and lemon deal. That’d be wild. 

Lemon Butter Green Beans - Steamed fresh green beans tossed with butter and parmesan cheese.

Now, here’s some for you, and you, and YOU! 

ENJOY!

TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE

Lemon Butter Green Beans - Steamed fresh green beans tossed with butter and parmesan cheese.

Lemon Butter Green Beans

Katerina | Diethood
This simple Lemon Butter Green Beans recipe is a delicious and healthy side dish. Made with steamed fresh green beans tossed in lemon juice, butter, and parmesan cheese.
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound fresh green beans , rinsed and ends trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese , for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill a saute pan or a frying pan with about 1/2 inch salted water; bring to a boil.
  • Add green beans, cover, and cook until green beans are tender to the bite, about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how crisp you like your green beans.
  • In the meantime, melt butter in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add the zest and continue to cook for about 1 minute.
  • Drain the beans and wash under cold water until completely cooled.
  • Put the green beans back in the pan and pour the lemon butter over them; add lemon juice, salt and pepper, and toss to combine.
  • Transfer to a serving plate.
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.

Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 5

Nutrition

Calories: 142 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 30 mg | Sodium: 126 mg | Potassium: 239 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 3 g | Vitamin A: 1130 IU | Vitamin C: 17.4 mg | Calcium: 60 mg | Iron: 1.2 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy green beans recipe, lemon butter, steamed green beans, thanksgiving side dish
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