Crispy Green Beans

February 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Crispy, slightly caramelized ends.  Juicy, flavorful centers.  These green beans are a world away from the mushy canned variety.  They’re unbelievably easy to prepare, and will have even those who think they don’t like green beans begging for seconds.

This is the way my family’s been making them for decades.  Some people say cooking halves nutrient content.  I say make these and you’ll want to eat twice as many!

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Crispy Green Beans

  • 12 oz frozen green beans (I use Trader Joe’s French Green Beans)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano (can substitute another herb)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove pressed garlic (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put water, oil, and green beans in a wide chef’s pan or large skillet.  Turn heat to high.  Sprinkle oregano and garlic onto the green beans.  Once water begins to boil, turn the temperature down to medium.  Stir occasionally.  The water will first cook the green beans, leaving them juicy, then the water will evaporate.  If the beans aren’t cooked enough, add a tablespoon or two more water.  Once the water cooks off, stir frequently and add salt and pepper.  The olive oil will make the beans brown and crispy.  Pairs nicely with beef.  Serves 2-4

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