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Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce are a great low-carb side dish whenever you have fresh green beans to use! You can make the sauce with creamy peanut butter if you don’t have tahini. And this post has ten more great ideas for cooking fresh green beans, enjoy!

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Barely-Cooked Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce (plus 10 More Green Beans Recipes) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Thanksgiving is kind of a fun paradox.  Even though it’s a food holiday where most people have traditional favorites that they make every year, it’s also the biggest time of year for food magazines, cooking shows, and food bloggers to recommend new possible Thanksgiving menu options. I’ve been suggesting adding Thanksgiving recipes to the Holiday Recipes for years, and that includes quite a few recipes for green beans (including Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan, which has turned into one of the most popular recipes ever on the blog.)

This new recipe for Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce was quick enough to be super-easy for Thanksgiving, and it was something that Jake and I gobbled up when we tested the recipe.  If you don’t feel adventurous enough to have this for Thanksgiving I hope you’ll try it another time, because these beans are really good!

What is Tahini?

Some people might not be familiar with Tahini, which is a middle eastern sauce made from ground sesame seeds. It’s an essential ingredient in hummus, and adds wonderful sesame flavor to many dishes. I think Tahini goes especially well with vegetables, and if you enter “tahini” into the search bar on the blog you’ll find a lot of recipes where I’ve used it. You can find Tahini Sauce (affiliate link) it at ethnic markets, health food stores, and large grocery stores or buy it online. And if you don’t want to buy any, creamy peanut butter will work for most recipes using Tahini.

Barely-Cooked Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce (plus 10 More Green Beans Recipes for Thanksgiving) found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce:

(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)
  1. Trim both ends of the green beans.  (I do this by gathering a bunch in my hand and standing them up on the cutting board so the ends are even and trimming, then do the same thing on the other side.)
  2. Cook the beans for 3-4 minutes in boiling salted water. 
  3. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water so they don’t keep cooking.
  4. While the beans cook, whisk together the Tahini Sauce (affiliate link), lemon juice, minced garlic, and olive oil to make the sauce and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. 
  5. Coarsely chop the parsley.
  6. When the beans have drained, lay them out on a plate, drizzle sauce over, and garnish with chopped parsley.
  7. Serve Barely-Cooked Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce right away and enjoy!

Ten More Low-Carb Green Beans Recipes:

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms with Balsamic and Parmesan from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lemon Green Beans with Feta and Fried Pecans from The Food Charlatan
Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Green Bean Gratin from Barefeet in the Kitchen
Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Green Beans with Lemon and Feta from Rachel Cooks
Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Green Beans with Bacon from It’s Yummi!
Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Fresh Green Beans with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Herbs from Cookin’ Canuck

Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes

These barely-cooked Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce are an amazing low-carb and gluten-free side dish for a special meal.


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed (preferably thin French style green beans.)
  • 1 tsp. salt (for green bean cooking water)
  • 2 T chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley (Parsley is optional, but it did enhance the flavors.)
  • 2 T Tahini
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed or fresh-frozen lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic (or more)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (Use the best tasting olive oil you have for this.)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil.
  2. Trim both ends of green beans, but keep them whole.  (I trim by grabbing a handful of beans in the center and then standing them up on the cutting board, letting them fall so the ends are even. Then trim and repeat on the other side.)
  3. When the water is boiling, stir in the salt and add the green beans.  Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until they are barely tender-crisp. Drain beans and rinse with cold water; then let them drain well.
  4. While the beans are cooking whisk together the Tahini Sauce (affiliate link), lemon juice, minced garlic, and olive oil to make the sauce. (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice.
  5. Taste to see if you'd like more garlic; then season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  6. Wash and coarsely chop the parsley if using.
  7. To serve, arrange the beans on a serving dish, drizzle sauce over and garnish with the parsley.  Serve hot.


Recipe adapted very slightly from Fine Cooking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 740mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe would be great for most low-carb eating plans, maybe even Keto depending on how strict you’re being on carbs. Tahini and olive oil would both be considered “good fats” for the original South Beach Diet, so Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce would be a great side dish that would be approved for all phases of the diet.

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    17 Comments on “Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce”

  1. Thanks Kalyn! I’m not a big string bean eater, but these were delicious. I didn’t have enough string beans, so I added some mushrooms. Yum!

  2. It totally is a food paradox, I agree! I’ve never cooked with tahini…maybe Thanksgiving is the time to try it out 🙂 Thanks for including my green beans and pecans recipe! That’s a recipe I vaguely adapted from one of YOUR recipes!

  3. Grean beans, lemon and tahini? This is a flavor combo made in my kind of heaven. Thank you for the idea and recipe.

  4. Glad you enjoyed the egg muffins; thanks for the shout-out!

  5. I came over to thank you. I made your egg muffins from 2008 and I can tell you, they are still delicious. I just wrote them up. Mine are not as pretty as yours but I bet they taste as good.

    Now, these beans are calling my name.


  6. Wow, those look delicious, Kalyn! I have to admit that I have never cooked with tahini (even when I make hummus I use toasted sesame seeds instead). Maybe it's time to change that. Also, thank you so much for including my recipe in your post!!

  7. Hi Kalyn, I just added the bean recipe to my meal plan for Thanksgiving. Out to buy ingredients today.

  8. Jeanette, I love tahini, and I think this sauce would be good on a lot of things!

    Mark, glad you liked it.

  9. I heared that green food is extremely good for health. I am not a big fan of green food. Well i tries your recipe and found it awesome. Thanks for sharing. I am looking for more healthy dishes.

  10. I have to say I had never had tahini sauce on vegetables until recently when I tried it with roasted beets – it was probably one of the best ways I've enjoyed beets, so I am not at all surprised to see it here with green beans – definitely going to give this a try.

  11. Thanks Shirley! And this sauce would be good on so many veggies.

  12. You are a green bean queen, Kalyn! I love your green bean recipes, especially the Roasted Green Beans with Red Bell Peppers, Garlic, and Ginger, so I'm happy to see you have it in this listing. That's become a family favorite and was requested for Thanksgiving again. 🙂 I'll try this recipe for myself in the near future.


  13. Joanne, I bet you would like this, and the sauce would be good on other veggies too.

    Thanks Lydia! This may not be everyone's idea of a Thanksgiving dish, but it would suit me perfectly.

  14. The perfect cure for the "brown holiday table" blahs! These beans look fresh enough to jump right off the screen, and I think the sesame flavor of the tahini would be such an interesting addition to the traditional menu.

  15. I'm not the biggest green bean fan but with that tahini sauce…I'm pretty sure that could change!