Lemon-Thyme Green Beans

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Fresh thyme can be used more generously than dried as it is not as concentrated.


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds green beans, ends trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, bring 1/2 inch water to a boil; salt generously.

  2. Add green beans; reduce to a simmer, and cover skillet. Steam beans, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, 6 to 10 minutes.

  3. Pull lid back slightly, and tilt skillet to drain water from green beans; add lemon juice, butter, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to melt butter. Serve green beans garnished with additional thyme, if desired.

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