Lemon Green Beans

By Jennette Ross / November 18, 2015
lemon green beans

My mom is a great cook, but confession time...I grew up eating frozen green beans. My mother-in love is a great cook too, but she fed my husband canned green beans. Neither of us tried fresh green beans, much less lemon green beans until we were adults. 

Now, I love fresh green beans, and so do my kids.

Most often I make them super simple...a little avocado or olive oil​ and a dash of salt and pepper. Sometimes I may toss in sautéd onion and shiitake mushrooms. But I personally eat a lot of onion, cooked or raw, so I'm not always in the mood for more onion.

The simple yet bold flavor in these lemony green beans are tasty and a nice change from the norm. If your experience with the green bean has been limited to canned or smothered in cream of mushroom soup (as in the ever so popular casserole served at holidays), I encourage to branch out. 

Try something different, like these lemon green beans and let me know what you think. I wouldn't be surprised if they become a favorited request in your house, like they have in mine. ​

Lemon Green Beans

lemon green beans


1 Lemon

4/3 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 tablespoons olive/avocado oil

1 pound trimmed green beans


  • Grate the lemon rind from half the lemon with a zester in a small bowl
  • Cut or snip off the ends of each green bean
  • Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside
  • Squeeze 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice into a bowl and set aside
  • Fill a large sauce pan 1/2 to 3/4 full with water (enough to cover the beans)
  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add green beans to water and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes (or until beans are tender, but not limp)
  • Turn off the heat and drain out the water
  • Return green beans to pan and toss with oil, salt, and lemon juice
  • Serve and plate green beans with sprinkles of lemon zest on top. 
  • Add garnish slices of lemon for an added touch
About the author

Jennette Ross

Mother of five and creator of Cooking Upgrades, Jennette enjoys helping people get the most out of their experience in the kitchen and at the dinner table.

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