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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”

  1. I made these beans for dinner tonight. YUMMY! I love lemon & it complimented the beans perfectly. They tasted fresh & light. I will be making these again for sure! Thanks for posting this delicious recipe.

  2. The zest is definitely important in this, but I also think that sauteeing the beans in the lemon juice (just for a minute!) really gets the lemon flavor going!

  3. I am sure that the Zest does the trick.

  4. I love green beans because you can take them so many different directions in a recipe! This recipe sounds great!

  5. Lemon + green beans sounds like a match made in heaven. Lovely.

  6. great pictures, nothing like a bit of lemon zest to make a dish shine

  7. That main photo is enough to make your mouth water – great recipe!

  8. So glad a lot of people are liking this!

  9. Great recipe and pretty picture! I also love lemony things — and green beans, so I'm doing this for sure.

    I have a couple of Moosewood cookbooks, but not the one you mentioned…sounds like a goodie.

  10. Wow never thought of using lemon on green beans. I love GBs, eat them off the grill (foil packet) with garlic and herbs. These sound great!

  11. Well, that's quite a recommendation … eating one pound in one sitting, Kalyn! But looking at your photos and imagining the lemon juice, zest, black pepper, and olive oil combo, I can see why. 🙂 We haven't had fresh green beans yet ths year at home, but I'd love to give this recipe a try. It would make a great presentation for a dinner or pot luck, too.

    Shirley

  12. These must have been seriously tasty if you ate a whole pound by yourself! Gotta love Moosewood!

  13. Unfortunately I do not have any greens beans growing in my garden but nevertheless this looks like a brilliant recipe to try!

  14. This looks great, green beans are in season now and I am really getting tired of the steam and butter routine. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks!

  15. Excellent green beans! They are my favorite vegetable and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them, thanks!

  16. Katie, it seems like a great book. I have a bunch of things with post-its that I want to try!

    RV, if you like lemon, you'll like it, I promise!

  17. I don't eat beans often, but this recipe is very inviting.. It looks zesty…

  18. That's one of the few Moosewood books that I don't own, and I think I need to pick it up because these sound delicious!

  19. Suebob, roasted beans, yum!

  20. This is one of my favorite ways to eat green beans. I also like to roast them into semi-crispy little snacks.

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