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.
I have been born and raise eating this french green beans which is actually a delicious French keto recipe by itself. In fact, green beans are keto approved vegetables and the French style authentic recipe only use keto ingredients. So as a French, let me share with you my favorite french way to cook green beans!
Before you jump into this recipe, let me share with you the tips to select the best fresh green beans. A fresh green bean should be:
While you can make this recipe with frozen green beans too, see last paragraph. I highly recommend fresh green beans for the best texture and flavor. First, before you starts this easy green beans recipe it is important that you trim the tough, curly ends of both side of each beans. 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 fibrous texture. Finally, it is up to you to cut each beans into pieces, usually French cut green beans are cut in third. It means each beans are cut into 3 even pieces. It is up to you to do so, authentic French Green Beans as you will eat in a french restaurant in France are served whole.
The secret to the most delicious French green beans is to pre-cook the beans in boiling water. This technique is called ‘blanching and refer to a quick cooking process where the vegetables are plunged into boiling water for a short time and then cooled under cold water. In fact, this shocking process allow the green beans to be crunchy, not mushy, and highly green in color.
The next step to make the best french green beans is to melt a good amount of butter to fry shallots and garlic. Then, the blanched green beans are cooked in the garlic butter with the addition of sliced almonds. The trick is to sauteed the green beans long enough to be fork tender but still crunchy.
This is the ultimate trick to make the most delicious French style green beans. The last step consist of deglazing. If you are not familiar with this french cuisine technique, it simply means using lemon juice, or water, to unstick all the cooking fat from the pan to creating the most simple and tasty juice.
Of course, seasonning 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.
Blanching green beans has many advantages. First, it cleansed the green beans from dirt and organism. Next, it is a culinary french cuisine technique to boost the green bright beans color, enhance the crunchy texture and flavor. Finally, its also a great method to preserve nutrients and vitamins and a recommended method to freeze green beans.
Yes, you can use frozen green beans to make this keto green bean recipe. However, since frozen green beans are already blanched. Folow the tips below to make french green beans with frozen green beans.
Below I listed some delicious keto dish ideas to bring more vegetables to your keto diet.