8 Steps for French Green Beans Recipe

Hello, it’s Julia from Dinner with Julia! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a recipe that has become a staple in my kitchen. It’s simple, it’s flavorful, and it’s packed with nutrients. Yes, we’re talking about my French Green Beans Recipe. This dish is a delightful blend of tender green beans, garlic, and a hint of lemon that will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of France.

So, let’s get cooking!

French Green Beans Recipe

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A close-up shot of the French Green Beans Recipe, showcasing the vibrant colors and textures of the ingredients

French Green Beans Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Vegetarian
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 320 kcal


  • 1 large pan


  • Two tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • One pound of green beans
  • Two tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Half cup of dry white wine
  • Half cup of cilantro
  • Two tablespoon of olive oil
  • One tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • Half teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of black pepper
  • Dried thyme one teaspoon
  • Half teaspoon of smoked paprika


  • Take a large pan.
  • Add the olive oil into it.
  • Add the garlic, green beans and spices in the pan.
  • Cook the beans in the spices for five to ten minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the mixture.
  • Cook the mixture until it starts boiling.
  • Cook for ten minutes and then dish out.
  • Your dish is ready to be served.


Keyword green beans, smoked paprika

Cooking French Green Beans in a Slow Cooker

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The process of cooking green beans in a slow cooker for the French Green Beans Recipe

If you’re a fan of slow cooking like me, you’ll be thrilled to know that my French Green Beans Recipe can also be prepared using a slow cooker. The slow cooking process allows the green beans to become tender and flavorful without losing their vibrant color. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Prepare the green beans: Rinse and trim the green beans as usual.
  • Add the ingredients to the slow cooker: Add the green beans, garlic, butter, and lemon zest to your slow cooker.
  • Cook on low: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for about 2-3 hours, or until the green beans are tender.
  • Serve and enjoy: Once the green beans are cooked, serve them hot with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Bon appétit!

Tips for making French Green Beans

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A beautifully plated serving of the French Green Beans, ready to be enjoyed

Cooking Tips

Before we delve into the recipe, here are some tips to help you make the most of this French Green Beans recipe:

  • Green Bean selection: Choose fresh, firm green beans for the best flavor and texture.
  • Cooking the green beans: Cook the green beans until they are just tender. Overcooking can result in mushy green beans.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic adds a wonderful flavor to this dish. Don’t skimp on it!
  • Lemon zest: A little bit of lemon zest can brighten up the flavors of the dish.

Serving Suggestion

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The ingredients for the French Green Beans Recipe laid out on a kitchen counter, highlighting the simplicity and freshness of the dish

Now, let’s talk about how to serve these French Green Beans. While they’re a great side dish on their own, here are some ideas to enhance your dining experience:

  • Roasted Chicken: These vibrant green beans pair perfectly with roasted chicken.
  • Grilled Fish: For a lighter meal, consider serving the green beans alongside grilled fish.
  • Wine Pairing: A glass of crisp white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc, would complement the flavors of the green beans beautifully.


I’ve received some questions about this French Green Beans recipe, so let’s address some common ones:

  • Can I make this recipe vegan? Absolutely! Just replace the butter with a vegan butter or olive oil.
  • Can I use frozen green beans? While you can, fresh green beans will give you the best texture and flavor.
  • Can I make this dish ahead of time? Yes, this dish can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving.
  • How long will this dish keep in the fridge? This dish should keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.
  • Can I freeze this dish? I wouldn’t recommend freezing this dish as the texture of the green beans may change upon thawing.

So there you have it! My journey with the French Green Beans Recipe has been a joyous one. It’s a dish that embodies simplicity, health, and flavor all in one. I hope you enjoy making (and eating!) this as much as I have.

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