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

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.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Serves
Calories 142 kcal


  • 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


  1. Fill a saute pan or a frying pan with about 1/2 inch salted water; bring to a boil.
  2. 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.
  3. In the meantime, melt butter in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Add the zest and continue to cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Drain the beans and wash under cold water until completely cooled.
  6. 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.
  7. Transfer to a serving plate.
  8. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
  9. Serve.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Facts
Lemon Butter Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 239mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1130IU23%
Vitamin C 17.4mg21%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.