There aren’t many vegetables that are as versatile and satisfying as the crisp-tender green bean. I’ve rounded up 12 unique green beans recipes that showcase its versatility and willingness to take on just about any flavor.
What’s the Difference Between Green beans and Haricot Verts?
Haricot verts are a French variety of green beans. They’re long, thin, and more tender than the conventional green bean variety. They also tend to have a more robust flavor.
Green beans are what you usually find in the bulk produce bin or nowadays sold in steamable plastic bags. Green beans, also called Blue Lake Beans are the type of bean most often sold frozen and canned. Unlike haricot verts, they’re stout—shorter, fatter, and hardier.
Green beans are in season May through September, though green beans can be found year-round is most supermarkets. During peak season, check out your farmers’ market for the best and freshest green beans.
About the Recipes
Let’s get into the green bean recipes! These are some of the most unique and interesting green bean recipes from some of my most trusted recipe resources. Let me know if you make any of them and leave a comment below with your favorite way to enjoy crisp-tender green beans!
12 Unique Green Bean Recipes
Let green beans shine in these delicious and interesting recipes!
Sometimes a vegetable as perfect as green beans just needs a few ingredients to bring it to life. Lemon, Dijon, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese are the perfect list of ingredients to bring green beans to life.This simple green bean dish satisfies every time.
A delicious side dish from J. Kenji López-Alt that brings all the flavors of a classic green bean casserole without a stint in the oven. This recipe gives the classic flavor profile (green beans, mushrooms and onions) a modern stove-top take that’s fresh yet flavor-forward.
It just doesn’t get more fun than these! Everyone at the table gets their own little green bean casserole bundle featuring crispy prosciutto, creamy mushroom sauce, and ofcourse crispy fried onions. These are genius!
A must-make side dish from I Am a Food Blog! This dish features both green beans and snap peas (though you could use all green beans) and has incredible depth of flavor thanks to a combination of white miso, Dijon and sesame oil.
Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.