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Green beans topped with lemon in a white bowl.
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5 from 7 votes

Green Beans with Shallots and Lemon

Green beans with shallots and lemon are a simple yet flavorful side dish. This is one of my favorite green bean recipes and it’s easy to make.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Green Bean Recipe, Green Beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 93.04kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 shallots finely diced
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon zested
  • salt and pepper


  • Bring a medium-sized pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the green beans and blanch in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes. While the beans are cooking, fill a large bowl with ice water. Drain the beans with a colander and immediately transfer to the ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain again and set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced shallots and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the honey to the pan and stir with the shallots for a minute more.
  • Add the green beans and lemon zest to the pan and stir together for a couple of minutes, until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


Calories: 93.04kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.85g | Protein: 2.73g | Fat: 3.18g | Saturated Fat: 1.87g | Cholesterol: 7.53mg | Sodium: 34.05mg | Potassium: 318.28mg | Fiber: 4.22g | Sugar: 9.67g | Vitamin A: 869.91IU | Vitamin C: 29.15mg | Calcium: 53.6mg | Iron: 1.48mg