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Brown butter green beans

  • Author: Mansee
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


The most simple way to cook green beans, with nutty brown butter and crunchy breadcrumbs!



  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter + 1 tablespoon for breadcrumbs
  • 2 lbs green beans, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Cut butter into a few chunks and add to a large frying pan. Set over medium heat. Cook butter, stirring occasionally, until it begins to foam and sputter a bit. At this point, keep a close eye on it as it begins to change color.
  2. Once the butter is a light amber color and you start to see a few brown bits at the bottom of the pan, immediately add the green beans. Toss quickly to combine.
  3. Add salt and keep cooking, tossing occasionally, until beans are to your liking (I love a crisp-tender green bean!), adjusting the heat as necessary.
  4. Transfer green beans to your serving platter.
  5. Keep the pan on the stove at around medium heat, and add another tablespoon of butter.
  6. Once melted, add breadcrumbs and garlic and toss to combine.
  7. Cook until breadcrumbs get brown and toasty.
  8. Turn off heat and add lemon zest. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over green beans right before serving.


  • If you prefer a more well-cooked green bean but don't want to burn them, feel free to parcook them in boiling, salted water for 30-45 seconds. Drain and dry before adding to the butter!