perfect green beans horizontal
Print Pin

Perfect Green Beans

Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Justin McChesney-Wachs


  • 1 lb french green beans ()haricot verts)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Small Shallot , chopped
  • 1/4 cup Warm Stock or water
  • kosher salt & freshly ground pepper


  • Clean the green beans by trimming off the stem end (not the other end).
  • Blanch the green beans in a large pot of salted boiling water until they are just tender, but still crunchy, 3 to 5 minutes. Taste them frequently. you can watch the color turn from lighter to darker, but the best way is to taste them frequently.
  • Once cooked, quickly transfer the green beans to a bowl of ice water using a spider or tongs. This will quickly stop the cooking and preserve the bright green color.
  • To finish cooking the green beans right before serving; place the butter and chopped shallot in a skillet over medium heat, cooking until the butter is melted and the shallot starts to turn translucent, about 1 minute
  • Add the green beans, stock, and season with salt & pepper. 
  • Heat through and serve.