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Green Beans with Lemon Butter

Try substituting green beans with haricots verts or wax beans in this recipe, depending on what's available at the market.

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  • Servings: 4
Green Beans with Lemon Butter


Source: Martha Stewart Living, July Summer 2005


  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 pint green beans, stem ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Fill a medium (3-quart) saucepan three-quarters full of cold water. Set over high heat, and bring to a boil. Add salt and beans. Cook until water returns to a boil and beans are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and drain.

  2. Immediately return beans to saucepan. Add butter and zest. Toss; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl; serve warm.


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