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French Green Beans

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French Green Beans are tender sauteed green beans cooked in garlic butter with crunchy sliced almonds.

This is a delicious keto green beans recipe to serve as a side to grilled meat or fish.

AUTHENTIC FRENCH GREEN BEAN recipe from my mum sauteed in olive oils with almonds, shallots, garlic and deglazed with lemon juice. An easy side dish for Holidays, Christmas or Thanksgiving. Dairy free + gluten free + vegan + low carb (8.6 g net carb/serve)

I was born and raised eating these French green beans, which is actually a delicious French keto recipe by itself.

Are Green Beans Keto-Friendly?

Green beans or haricots verts as they are called in France are keto-approved vegetables, with 4.3 grams of net carbs per 100g.

This French-style authentic recipe only uses keto ingredients. Let me share with you my favorite french way to cook green beans!

How To Make French Green Beans

Making these green beans is straightforward. It only takes a handful of basic ingredients and less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Fresh Green Beans – this is a keto-friendly vegetable, read below on how to pick them.
  • Shallots – or if you can’t find any, swap for small yellow onions.
  • Garlic – for the taste.
  • Lemon Juice – to deglaze the green beans. Make sure to pick raw, unsweetened lemon juice.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Butter – or olive oil to cook the green beans. Both are keto-friendly fat.
  • Sliced Almonds – to decorate. You can also use chopped peanuts.
  • Fresh Parsley – or any fresh herbs you like.

Choosing Green Beans

Before you jump into this recipe, let me share the tips to select the best fresh green beans. A fresh green bean should be:

  1. Green with no dark spots on the shell.
  2. Firm – try to break green beans it must crack instantly, not bend or be soft. Crispness is essential for crispiness when cooked.

Preparing Green Beans

While you can make this recipe with frozen green beans, see the last paragraph. I highly recommend fresh green beans for the best texture and flavor.

First, before you start this easy green beans recipe, you must trim the tough, curly ends of both sides of each bean.

Next, you may want to peel off the edge to remove any fibrous texture in the dish. I personally don’t, as fresh crunchy green beans usually don’t have a fibrous texture.

Finally, it is up to you to cut each bean into pieces. Usually, French cut green beans are cut in third. It means each bean is cut into 3 even pieces.

It is up to you to do so. Classic French Green Beans, as you would eat in a French restaurant, are served whole.

AUTHENTIC FRENCH GREEN BEANS recipe from my mum sauteed in olive oils with almonds, shallots, garlic and deglazed with lemon juice. An easy side dish for Holidays, Christmas or Thanksgiving. Dairy free + gluten free + vegan + low carb (8.6 g net carb/serve)

Cooking French Green Beans

Step 1: Blanching the Green Beans

The secret to the most delicious French green beans is to pre-cook the beans in boiling water.

This technique is called blanching and refers to a quick-cooking process where the vegetables are plunged into boiling water for a short time and then cooled under cold water or even ice water.

In fact, this shocking process allows the green beans to be crunchy, not mushy, and highly green in color.

Step 2: Sauteed In Garlic Butter

The next step to making the best french green beans is to melt a good amount of butter to fry the shallots and garlic in a large skillet.

Then, the blanched green beans are cooked in garlic butter over medium-high heat with the addition of sliced almonds.

The trick is to sautee the green beans long enough to be fork-tender but still crunchy.

Step 3: Deglazing With Lemon Juice

This is the ultimate trick to make the most delicious French-style green beans. The last step consists of deglazing.

If you are not familiar with this french cuisine technique, it simply means pouring lemon juice or water into the pan over medium heat to unstick all the cooking fat from the pan to create the most simple and tasty juice.

Step 4: Seasoning

Of course, seasoning is the key to any side dish, salt, pepper and if you really want to make this a classic french dish, add fresh chopped parsley just before serving!

Follow all these steps, and you will achieve the most simple, fancy yet, keto green beans recipe.

AUTHENTIC FRENCH GREEN BEANS recipe from my mum sauteed in olive oils with almonds, shallots, garlic and deglazed with lemon juice. An easy side dish for Holidays, Christmas or Thanksgiving. Dairy free + gluten free + vegan + low carb (8.6 g net carb/serve)

Storage Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Blanching Green Beans?

Blanching the green beans has many advantages.
First, it cleansed the green beans from dirt and organism.
Next, it is a culinary French cuisine technique for boosting the bright green bean color, enhancing the crunchy texture and flavor.
Finally, it is also a great method to preserve nutrients and vitamins and a recommended method to freeze green beans.

What Are French Green Beans Called?

Green beans are called haricots verts in France.

Do you cut the ends off French green beans?

Yes, it’s essential to remove the last half inch from the ends of the green beans. It’s a part of the beans that is much harder, and more difficult to digest

What Is The Difference Between Green Beans And Haricot Vert?

None. Haricot Vert is just the French name for green beans. The cultivar used in France is slightly different from the one used in other parts of the world.
As a result, the French cultivar is often slightly longer. But it’s still exactly the same regular green beans from the same plant.

What Does Frenching Green Beans Mean?

To “French” a green bean means cutting the green beans in a very specific way. It’s generally used for salads like a Julienne.
French-cut beans are cut longitudinally, leaving most of the inside of the pods exposed.

What Is The Best Meat Pairing For Green Beans?

Beef is the best meat to go with green beans. Opt for a sirloin marinated with my 3-Ingredient Steak Marinade and cook it to your favorite steak cooking level.

What Are The Carbs In Green Beans?

Green beans contain 7 grams of carbs per 100 grams. With the fiber excludes, there are 3.6 grams of net carbs in green beans.

Can I Use Frozen Green Beans?

Yes, you can use frozen green beans to make this keto green bean recipe. However, since frozen green beans are already blanched, follow the tips below to make french green beans with frozen green beans.

  1. Skip the first step of the recipe. In fact, frozen green beans are always blanched before freezing, so you don’t have to do this twice.
  2. Thaw the frozen green beans. You can either leave the frozen green beans in a sieve for 60 minutes at room temperature or microwave a few minutes to defrost them faster. However, the microwave technique sometimes cooks the green beans, so be careful about timing! You don’t want mushy green beans, or the recipe won’t taste the same.
  3. Follow the est of the recipe as if you were using fresh green beans.

Recipe Card

AUTHENTIC FRENCH GREEN BEAN recipe from my mum sauteed in olive oils with almonds, shallots, garlic and deglazed with lemon juice. An easy side dish for Holidays, Christmas or Thanksgiving. Dairy free + gluten free + vegan.

French Green Beans

4.7gNet Carbs
4.9 from 300 votes
Authentic French Green Bean recipe from sauteed in olive oils with almonds, shallots, garlic, and deglazed with lemon juice. An easy side dish for any occasion. Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 people
Serving Size: 6 servings

Nutrition

Net Carbs 4.7g
Fat 9.2g
Protein 2.6g
Calories 114kcal
4.9 from 300 votes
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Instructions

  • In a large Dutch oven, bring the water to a boil. 
  • Add the green beans and cover with a lid. 
  • Blanch the green beans cooking them for 3 to 5 minutes. Check the texture with a fork, the green beans must stay firm but tender. 
  • Drain and rinse under cold water, this will keep the green color of the green beans!
  • Just before serving, warm the butter in a skillet, add the shallots, garlic and saute for about 1 minute or until golden and fragrant. 
  • Add the sliced almonds and roast/saute them for 1 minute until slightly brown. Stir often to prevent them from burning. 
  • Add the green beans and stir with the cooked shallots, garlic, and almonds to blend the flavors. Add salt and pepper, and saute briefly for no more than 2-3 minutes. 
  • Deglaze with lemon juice – it means you will use the lemon juice to create a tasty sauce with the oil that sticks to the skillet. 
  • Serve immediately as a side dish for any meat or fish. Top up with extra chopped fresh basil.
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Nutrition Facts
French Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (6 servings)
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.2g14%
Carbohydrates 7.6g3%
Fiber 2.9g12%
Sugar 3.2g4%
Protein 2.6g5%
Net Carbs 4.7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing your mum French recipe, I LOVE to read about you. Just made those French Green Beans, supe easy and delicious!

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