French Green Beans with Shallots

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These simple French green beans make an easy and elegant side dish.

These easy and elegant French green beans go with just about everything. And the nice thing about the recipe is that it requires only one pan. You gently cook the shallots with oil or butter in a large skillet, then simmer the beans in a bit of water in the same pan.

Note that the recipe calls for French green beans, which are thinner, sweeter and more tender than most American varieties. They are usually labeled haricot verts — haricot meaning beans and vert meaning green — and you can usually find them bagged and pre-trimmed at the supermarket.

How to make French Green Beans with Shallots

adding shallots to oil in skillet

Begin by thinly slicing the shallots into rings and cooking them slowly in olive oil until soft, sweet and mellow.

cooked shallots

Next, add the beans, salt, pepper and water.

adding the beans, salt, pepper, and water

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered, for about 8 minutes.

simmered beans

Remove the cover and continue cooking until the pan is completely dry, the shallots are jammy, and the beans are tender, about 6 minutes.

cooked beans

Season to taste with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar.

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Servings: 4
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 pound (12 ounces) French string beans (haricots verts), trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Do not brown.
  2. Add the beans, salt, pepper and water; bring to a boil. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and increase the heat to high. Cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is evaporated, the beans are tender, and the shallots are jammy, about 6 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 116
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 302 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • This is my favorite green bean recipe! I’ve made it 3 times in the past month and everyone in our family loves it, including our kids that say they don’t like green beans. The beans come out perfectly crisp.

    • — Anna on January 11, 2022
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  • Served on Christmas with your Roast Beef Tenderloin recipe. These string beans along with your Roasted Carrots were the perfect sides. Thank you for helping me serve my best holiday dinner ever.

    • — Sandra on December 26, 2021
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  • Yes I m ade it and it came out wonderful making it again for Christmas dinner. Thank you!

    • — Mary Richardson on December 25, 2021
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  • Very easy and delicious! I used a 12 oz package of regular stringbeans. I actually made 2 separate batches, one I left the shallots sliced and the second, I cut them up smaller, which I liked better! Really good flavor!

    • — Sally on December 23, 2021
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