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Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts

This recipe for Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts is a delicious way to use green beans from the garden, and these tasty green beans are low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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When you’re writing a home cooking blog, you’re not only sharing your recipes with the world, you’re also documenting what you’re eating. When I first posted this recipe for Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts back in 2007, green beans weren’t something I cooked that often.

Then I discovered those those lovely thin French green beans at Costco, which not only inspired me to make this recipe but also got me started growing my own green beans in the garden. If you have green beans planted this year, before long you’ll have more green beans than you ever imagined, so let me recommend this new way to cook them. Look after the recipe for ten more delicious ideas for green beans from Kalyn’s Kitchen and some of my blogging friends.


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Trim the beans into pieces about 2 inches long (and wash if you’re using garden beans.) Put the green beans in a bowl, cover with cling wrap, and microwave for 2 minutes. While the beans cook in the microwave, zest the lemon and squeeze the juice.  Get the garlic and Parmesan ready and toast the pine nuts in a dry pan just until they’re barely starting to brown. Heat the oil in a large wok or heavy frying pan, then add the garlic and cook about 1 minute, or until fragrant; then discard the garlic. (This is called “seasoning the oil.”)  Don’t let the garlic brown.

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Add the green beans and stir-fry over high heat until they are just starting to brown, but are still slightly crisp.  Taste one to see if it’s as done as you’d like it; thicker garden beans will take slightly longer. Lower heat, add the lemon juice and stir to get that flavor mixed in with the beans; then turn off heat and sprinkle the lemon zest and Parmesan over the beans.  Serve hot, sprinkled with the toasted pine nuts.

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts found on KalynsKitchen.com

 Make it a Meal: Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts would be great with something like Baked Swedish Meatballs for a low-carb meal.

More Ideas for Green Beans:

World’s Easiest Garlicky Green Beans Stir Fry ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Fresh Green Beans with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Herbs ~ Cookin’ Canuck
Barely-Cooked Green Beans with Tahini-Lemon Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Green Beans with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce ~ The Perfect Pantry
Green Bean Salad with Greek Olives and Feta Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts

This recipe for Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts is a delicious way to use fresh green beans from the garden.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, preferably thin French green beans
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil (or less, depending on your pan or wok)
  • 2 cloves whole garlic
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 T freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted in hot pan 1-2 minutes

Directions:

  1. Trim ends from green beans. (I do this by gathering a handful, then standing them up on the cutting board while holding loosely so the beans all line up, then trimming the end. Turn over and repeat with the other end.)
  2. Cut beans into pieces about 2 inches long.
  3. Put beans into glass bowl, cover with saran wrap (cling film) and microwave on high 2 minutes.
  4. While beans microwave, zest the lemon and squeeze the juice. (You will not need all the juice, freeze the extra to use later.)
  5. In a dry pan, toast pine nuts over high heat 1-2 minutes, until they barely start to brown. Set aside.
  6. Heat oil in wok or large frying pan over high heat.
  7. Add garlic cloves and stir fry about 1 minute. (This is a Chinese cooking technique called seasoning the oil.) Be sure not to brown the garlic or it will taste bitter.
  8. Remove garlic and discard.
  9. Add beans and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until beans are barely starting to brown but are still slightly crisp. (I taste one to see if they are done. I prefer them slightly underdone.)
  10. Lower heat, then pour lemon juice over beans, and stir beans a few times.
  11. Turn off heat, then sprinkle lemon zest and Parmesan cheese over beans and stir again.
  12. Remove beans to serving plate, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, and serve immediately.

Notes:

Recipe inspired by A Veggie Venture.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts would be a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet as well as most low-carb diet plans.

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33 comments on “Stir-Fried Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts”

  1. Lydia, everything is better with pine nuts!

  2. Thanks for linking to one of my green bean recipes. I don't cook them as often as I should, and this post reminds me how much I like them. Love the idea of combining with pine nuts.

  3. Pam, I love these beans. Hope you enjoy!

  4. I got some lovely slender green beans from my csa, this would be perfect!

  5. Jeanette, hope you enjoy! I need to go to the Farmer's Market; hopefully this week!

  6. I just picked up green beans from the farmer's market this morning so this is perfect timing. Would really like to try yours with pine nuts.

  7. Dara, glad you like it!

  8. Great to see the before and after of this dish. The flavors sound perfect for summertime.

  9. It doesn't worry me, but if you're concerned you can do it any way you'd like.

  10. Are you sure you are comfortable with microwaving the beans with cling film? I would simply microwave them in a glass bowl – maybe with a lid. Cling film is plastic, after all and putting it through high heat raises many uncomfortable red flags…

  11. EJM and Wendy, thanks. I know I’m repeating myself, but it was just fabulous. I could just eat a big plate of this for a meal.

    Wendy, fun finding your blog.

  12. This sounds delicious. A definite bookmark. 🙂

  13. We’ve GOT to try this! Stir-fried green beans is one of my favourite things but we’ve usually taken an Asian route with peanuts and chillies or fermented black beans and garlic.

    I’ve never thought to add pine nuts. Brilliant idea.

    -Elizabeth

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