My Favorite Brown Butter Green Beans recipe has been in my weekly menu plan for years! With just three ingredients, it’s simple to cook but fancy enough for your holiday meal.
One of the first blog posts I ever shared with y’all, (way, way back in 2010) was a version of this brown butter green beans recipe. There are very few recipes that I’ve held on to for so long. I’ve adapted it several times, incorporating various herbs and veggies, but the classic is still my fave. In fact, it’s gracing my table quite frequently this holiday season.
If you ask me, the combo of brown butter with green beans is pretty much perfection. And, although it sounds fancy, it’s sooo easy to execute. Served alongside my creamy four cheese macaroni and soy pepper beef tenderloin, your holiday feast has never been so tasty!
My Favorite Brown Butter Green Beans
Push the easy button! I like to use pre-packaged trimmed and ready-to-use green beans for my holiday cooking. But, if you’ve got the time (or little helpers to assist), save some $$ and buy them in bulk.
When you’re about 30 minutes out from serving your dinner, start cooking the beans. In an extra large skillet preheated to medium heat, add 2 tablespoons each of oil and butter. Allow the butter to melt, then add 1 pound of trimmed green beans along with a good sprinkling of salt. I also added a dash of an Italian herb blend… but that’s totally optional!
Cover partially and continue to cook the beans. Turn the beans to coat in the butter and oil, occasionally, about every 5-7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low if the beans start browning before 15 minutes.
Cook for about 25 minutes. You’re looking for them to be still green, but wilted and charred in bits. Taste for seasoning, then serve immediately. I know it sounds so simple, but these green beans are absolutely delicious.
If you’d like to add another layer of flavor, sprinkle with fresh parsley and/or chopped capers in the last few minutes of cooking. It’s also grate with dash of Parmesan and lemon zest.