This is a delicious lemony, fried green bean recipe. I found it while shopping one Saturday at the local produce market.

Rachel C.
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat: add sugar, and beans. Cook until beans are bright green and tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain, and place in a large bowl of ice water to stop cooking.

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  • Combine the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook until butter melts. Stir in the garlic; cook until pale beige and fragrant. Stir in the beans; cook until wilted, and garlic is dark brown, about 4 minutes. Toss beans with parsley and lemon zest, and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer beans to a serving dish, and garnish with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

119 calories; 8.4 g total fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 51 mg sodium. 12.5 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2012
Fresh, spring-like way of preparing green beans. The cooking method and ice-water bath stop the cooking process and preserves the beans' vivid green color. I'm not able to say if the measurements are "spot on" or not as I didn't measure, just sprinkled away to my liking, skipping the zest entirely as I was happy with just the juice. These are simple, tasty, perfectly cooked green beans I imagine would appeal to everyone. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2007
these were pretty sour. i'd use less lemon next time Read More
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  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2012
Fresh, spring-like way of preparing green beans. The cooking method and ice-water bath stop the cooking process and preserves the beans' vivid green color. I'm not able to say if the measurements are "spot on" or not as I didn't measure, just sprinkled away to my liking, skipping the zest entirely as I was happy with just the juice. These are simple, tasty, perfectly cooked green beans I imagine would appeal to everyone. Read More
(52)
Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2009
You can use half the butter and olive oil AND you can re-use pan you boiled beans in (for less clean up) by pouring in ice water directly into pot with (drained)beans and then removing beans to your serving plate and then returning beans and finishing saute'ing still in same pot. After s & p (a lot) these were very nice accompaniment to baked ham and scalloped potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2008
These were delicious! I added in only half a teaspoon of butter with the evoo. Aside from that I followed the recipe as is, except at the end I squeezed some lemon juice on rather than garnishing with them. Typically these would be eaten as a side dish but I ate these on top of baby spinach and grape tomatoes as a salad, no need for dressing. The rest of my family enjoyed these as well, will make these again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2012
These flavors are awesome with green beans making it a light and springy side. I was disappointed in my dish because I used oldish frozen beans that were past their prime. Not the recipes fault obviously. When the recipe says the garlic should be dark brown be careful. Burned garlic is awful and will wreck the dish. It can go from nice toasty to burned in a blink. I served it with a spicy meatloaf and it was a nice fresh counterbalance to the dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2007
These are awesome! I used in season fresh beans from my local farmers market. I make my asparagus similar to this recipe, except I never thought to add the fresh parsley and lemon zest. I will be using this from now on for the beans AND asparagus! thanks:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2013
Easy recipe and my husband loved them. I used frozen instead of fresh and it worked out fine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2007
these were pretty sour. i'd use less lemon next time Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2012
These beans were excellent....and fresh beans is a must. Loved the flavors of the garlic and lemon zest.....I had to use dried parsley since I had no fresh on hand. Great side for our meatloaf last night. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2013
Wow..totally amazing recipe just the way it is. Thank you for sharing Rachel. Read More
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