Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

July 16, 2008

String Beans with Shallots

Filed under: side dish, vegetables — Emily @ 3:50 am

This is my go-to green bean recipe. Fast, easy and delicious! Always a winner—I’ve been making it for years.

(Source: Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten)

1 pound French string beans (haricots verts), ends removed

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon good olive oil

3 large shallots, large-diced

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Blanch the string beans in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 1/2 minutes only (if using regular string beans, blanch for about 3 minutes until they’re crisp-tender). Drain immediately and immerse in bowl of ice water.

Heat the butter and oil in a very large saute pan (12-inch diameter) or large pot and saute the shallots on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned. Drain the string beans and add to the shallots with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pepper, tossing well. Heat only until the beans are hot.


  1. Hmmm… I should get some beans and cook them because we haven’t had beans in awhile!

    Comment by Joelen — July 16, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

  2. Are these the green beans you made for us for our picnic and movie in the park in Nashville? :) They were delicious and I remember you telling me about the trick of blanching at that time.

    Comment by Nikki — July 16, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  3. […] Dinner #2: Pork Tenderloin with Lemon Mustard Sauce with String Beans and Shallots (from Emily) […]

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  4. […] today. So I subbed sugar-snap peas and they were very good. This recipe comes from Emily over at Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking, she got it from The Barefoot Contessa Family¬†Style (of course it was an Ina recipe, they were […]

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