Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts are quickly stir-fried to to turn fresh green beans into a special side dish. And the addition of lemon, Parmesan, and pine nuts turns green beans into a gourmet treat!

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Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts finished beans on serving plate

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. And when I first posted this recipe for Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts, green beans weren’t something I cooked that often.

Then I discovered 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. And now years later I have more than 20 Green Beans Recipes on the blog.

But even with all those options, these recipe for green beans with lemon is one of the green beans recipes I use most, and I took some new photos and to recommend it for my Friday Favorites pick this week to entice you to try it. Of course, lemon, parmesan, and PINE NUTS! How can that possibly not be good?

If you’re a gardener and have green beans planted, before long you’ll have more green beans than you ever imagined, so let me recommend this way to cook them. And be sure to look after the recipe for more delicious ideas for green beans from Kalyn’s Kitchen and some of my blogging friends.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

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  • fresh green beans, preferably thin French green beans
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • whole garlic cloves
  • lemon juice (I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice)
  • lemon zest
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pine Nuts (affiliate link)

What if you don’t have pine nuts?

Pine nuts can be pricey if you don’t buy them at Costco, and lately Costco seems to be having a shortage at times. I think slivered almonds would be a great substitute in this recipe.

Can you use thicker green beans for this green beans with lemon recipe?

You can make this recipe with thicker beans or garden beans which often tend to be the thicker type, but you might have to slightly increase the stir-frying time.

Are Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts low in carbs?

Not only is this an amazing way to cook green beans, but these amazing beans have only 7 net carbs per serving.

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How to make Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts:

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  1. Trim beans into pieces about 2 inches long (and wash if you’re using garden beans.)
  2. Putgreen beans in a bowl, cover with cling wrap (or a loosely-fitting lid), and microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. While 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.
  4. Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan, then add garlic and cook about 1 minute, or until fragrant; then discard the garlic. Don’t let the garlic brown. (This is called “seasoning the oil.”) 
  5. Add green beans and stir-fry over high heat until they’re 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. Serve hot, sprinkled with toasted pine nuts.

Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts close-up photo of finished beans on serving plate

Make it a Meal:

These Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts would be great with something like Baked Swedish Meatballs,Beef and Sausage Meatballs with Tomato Sauce, or Janet’s Easy Mustard Chicken for a low-carb meal.

More Ideas for Green Beans:

Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts
Yield: 4 servings

Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

This recipe for 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

Instructions

  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 cling film or a loosely-fitting lid, 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. Remove garlic and discard.
  8. 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.)
  9. Lower heat, then pour lemon juice over beans, and stir beans a few times.
  10. Turn off heat, then sprinkle lemon zest and Parmesan cheese over beans and stir again.
  11. Remove beans to serving plate, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, and serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe inspired by A Veggie Venture.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts would be a perfect side dish for any phase of the original South Beach Diet and they’re low enough in net carbs for most any low-carb diet plan.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This amazing recipe for green beans was first posted in 2007 and it’s been a hit on the website ever since! The recipe was updated with better photos in 2021 and it was last updated with more information in 2024.

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