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Green Beans with Garlic and Sesame

4 Servings

20 minutes

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In this recipe, we cook green beans in a scant amount of well-seasoned water into which a little butter has melted. Once the beans are just tender, we uncover the pan and allow the water to reduce over high heat, concentrating the seasonings. The butter that’s left after the water completely evaporates clings to the pieces, adding richness and flavor. If you like, toss in ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro along with the sesame seeds.




Don't use a narrow pot, which can cause uneven cooking because the pieces will be piled too densely. The wide diameter of a Dutch oven (10 to 10½ inches is a good size) allows the pieces to fit comfortably, with most at least partially submerged in liquid.

20 minutes


  • 3

    tablespoons salted butter, cut into 2 or 3 pieces

  • 3

    medium garlic cloves, finely grated


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Jon S.
July 28, 2023
Andres Does It Again
Against all expectations, all of the boiled veggie recipes in this group are bangers. No exception here.
Claudia H.
December 28, 2023
Even better the next day!
I made these for Christmas dinner and they were fine, but not exceptional. The next day as leftovers they were spectacular! When I make this again I'll let it sit for a little while before serving.
Anita B.
July 11, 2022
Nice healthy alternative
This is a nice alternative to plain steamed beans which I usually make if I am in a hurry. This recipe was quick and delicious. I did sub out the butter for olive oil. I don't think it changed the flavor too much since the other ingredients were very flavorful.
reginald allen w.

Excellent! Simple and flavorful. Followed recipe without making any changes. None are necessary.