French-Style Green Beans Recipe

Haricots Verts

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, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 70g 108%
  • Carbs 44g 15%
  • Saturated 44g 220%
  • Fiber 17g 67%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 19g
  • Monounsaturated 18g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 12g 23%
  • Cholesterol 183mg 61%
  • Sodium 3,154mg 131%
  • Calcium 250mg 25%
  • Magnesium 149mg 37%
  • Potassium 1,280mg 37%
  • Iron 6mg 35%
  • Zinc 1mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 242mg 35%
  • Vitamin A 778µg 86%
  • Vitamin C 84mg 139%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 32%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 37%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 41%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 191µg 48%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 22%
  • Vitamin K 91µg 114%
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