French-Style Green Beans Recipe

French-Style Green Beans Recipe
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

This simple French inspired green bean recipe, adapted from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, a frequently consulted guide on cooking and etiquette in England published in 1861, was a side dish served at dinner feasts during the Edwardian and Victorian periods.


Cut each bean into 4-6 pieces, according to size, cutting them lengthways in a slanting direction, and, as they are cut, put them into cold water, with a small quantity of salt dissolved in it. Measure ½ gallon water into a saucepan, with salt and soda in the above proportion and bring to a boil over high heat.

Put in the beans, keep them boiling quickly, with the lid uncovered, and be careful that they do not get smoked. When tender, which may be ascertained by their sinking to the bottom of the saucepan, take them up, throw them into a colander.

Once drained, put them into a stewpan, and shake over the fire, medium heat, to dry away the moisture from the beans. When quite dry and hot, add the butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice; keep moving the stewpan, without using a spoon, as that would break the beans. When the butter is melted, and all is thoroughly hot, serve.


Calories per serving:

200 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 18g 27%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 11g 55%
  • Fiber 4g 17%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 3g 6%
  • Cholesterol 46mg 15%
  • Sodium 788mg 33%
  • Calcium 62mg 6%
  • Magnesium 37mg 9%
  • Potassium 320mg 9%
  • Iron 2mg 9%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 61mg 9%
  • Vitamin A 195µg 22%
  • Vitamin C 21mg 35%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 48µg 12%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 23µg 29%
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