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. 

In addition to these unique green bean recipes, we’ve got a great tutorial on how to blanch green beans.

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.

Go-To Flavor Pairings for Green Beans

  • almonds
  • bacon
  • herbs: basil, dill, marjoram, parsley, tarragon, thyme
  • butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • cumin
  • hard-cooked eggs
  • lemon
  • olives
  • olive oil
  • allium vegetables: shallots, garlic, onion
  • tomatoes
  • vinegar

How to Store Fresh Green Beans

Store green beans in a resealable zipper-lock bag or plastic product bag in the crisper drawer for up to 7 days.

When are Green Beans In Season?

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!

Looking for more side dish recipes? Check out our Side Dish Recipe Archive. Here at ZK we cook healthy-ish so you can expect more veggie-forward recipes like the ones listed above.

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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,,, and more.

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