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Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest

Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest are one of my favorite green bean recipes, and I’ve made this many times for dinner guests. And these tasty green beans are low-carb, low-glycemic, and gluten-free. Use Green Beans to find more recipes like this one.

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If you have a garden that’s producing green beans, I enthusiastically advise that you PIN or bookmark this recipe for Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest and make it over and over again. I didn’t even have garden beans when I first tried the recipe, but I made it three times with the French green beans that come from Costco.

In fact, the first time I made these Lemony Green Beans, I ended up eating a whole pound of green beans myself and calling it lunch! Thanks to Cheap Healthy Good for inspiring me to buy Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers, which is where I found this idea for my new favorite way to cook green beans!


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Easy Instructions for Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest:

(This is just a summary; scroll down for complete recipe.)

  1. Trim both ends of the beans. I do this by taking a handful of beans, standing them up in my hand, then letting them fall down on to the cutting board, which lines up the ends.
  2. Bring salt and water to boil in a small saucepan, then cook the beans for about 5 minutes, or until they’re barely tender-crisp.
  3. While beans cook, zest and squeeze the juice of one lemon. (I used all the juice, but I like things really lemony.)
  4. Drain beans in a colander placed in the sink.
  5. Heat the olive oil in the same pan you cooked the beans in, then add the beans, pour over the lemon juice, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, and cook about 1 minute (just long enough to get the beans infused with lemon flavor.)
  6. Put beans on a serving dish and sprinkle with lemon zest. Serve hot.

Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest found on KalynsKitchen.com

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World’s Easiest Garlicky Green Beans Stir Fry from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest

Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest is a great side dish to serve guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, both ends trimmed
  • one large lemon (lemon zest and lemon juice)
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Trim both ends of green beans. (I do this taking a handful of beans, standing them up in my hand, then letting them fall down on to the cutting board, which lines up the ends. Then trim that end and repeat with the other end.)
  2. Fill a medium-sized saucepan half full with water, add salt, and bring to a boil.
  3. When water boils, add beans, reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook beans about 5 minutes, or until they are barely tender-crisp.
  4. While beans cook, grate the zest and squeeze the juice from the lemon.
  5. When beans are tender-crisp, drain into a colander placed in the sink.
  6. Return pan to stove and heat the olive oil.
  7. When the oil is hot, add the beans, pour over the lemon juice, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and cook beans for about 1 minute, stirring a few times. (Cook beans just long enough to get them infused with lemon flavor.)
  8. Put beans on serving platter, then sprinkle with lemon zest.
  9. Serve hot.
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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest are a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any other type of low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan, and the recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, Whole 30, and Paleo.

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    52 Comments on “Lemony Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest”

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  2. J, I'm afraid I don't think there is a way to warm these so they'll be as good as freshly made, but if you do have to reheat, I would undercook the first time.

  3. I have been making this recipe for years… it's my go to for Thanksgiving!! It's always a hit! Question – I have to pre-make this year as there will be no options for cooking at the in-laws tomorrow. How can I pre-make these and then re-warm with the same yummy results? When I have them as left overs, they're still good, but not as 'fresh' as day of.

  4. Kalyn, I have to say thank you. My fiancé and I started the south beach diet a week ago. If I had not found your yummy recipes I would never hear the end of the whinning. But you are making me look like a stellar cook with all the right meals. ( he still says he needs candy corn Oreo, for the love of Pete). I have never been much of a cook. When I have been on the south beach before a hamburger patty and some Brussels sprouts would do me. With some beef jerky for a snack. I feel like I am doing the diet healthier because of your recipes ( and his whinny, but don't tell him") so thank you for putting your time into your blog!

  5. Thanks Elizabeth! I love these beans.

  6. Love the flavor combination!

  7. Thanks Jeanette!

    Cacharreando en mi cocina, I love this with the lemon. Hope you will try it!

  8. In Spain we usually eat green beans boiled and then we put oil but I newer have seen with lemon juice. It sounds different but good. I'll try to make it this way next time.

  9. I love the freshness that lemon zest brings to these lightly cooked green beans.

  10. Thanks Eileen!

    Cindi, that makes me so happy to hear that someone has enjoyed the recipe so much. Thanks for letting me know.

  11. I can't tell you how many times I have made these beans since the recipe was first posted! It's definitely a keeper!!! I love them!

  12. Simple, classic, and perfect! Green beans and lemon are definitely a match made in heaven. 🙂