This green beans with shallots recipe couldn’t be simpler. The combo of green beans and soft, caramelized shallots is absolutely delicious. It’s great as a side dish at dinner parties or family gatherings, but it also makes an easy lunch option when you’re in a rush!
This quick Asian appetizer is flavorful and healthy, but it’s also ready in less than ten minutes. The green beans are cooked just enough to still have some crunch, and the shallots add a nice sweet bite. A squeeze of lemon juice before serving gives it just the perfect amount of acidity.
This easy recipe calls for just a few ingredients: green beans, shallots, soy sauce, and honey with the optional toasted sesame seeds and lemon.
If you have picky eaters that don’t like veggies, you should give this one a try!
A Little Info About Green Beans
Green beans are a vegetable that is both easy to grow and easy to cook. They’re great for adding color and flavor to any meal, but choosing the right type and growing it properly can help you get the best results from your efforts.
There are a few ways to choose fresh green beans.
- First, you should look at the color of the beans themselves. Green beans should be bright green, with no yellowing or browning. If they have any blemishes, like black spots or mold, avoid those too.
- Next, inspect the ends of the green beans for any signs of softness. If you can bend them easily or if they feel mushy, don’t buy them.
- Finally, check for any damage on or near the stem end of the green bean—if it looks like it’s been cut or smashed in some way, it’s not going to taste good even if it looks fine otherwise!
More vegetable recipes:
Korean-style broccoli: Steamed broccoli tossed with a delicious sauce!
Vietnamese-style cucumber salad: Crunchy cucumbers tossed in a tangy and spicy dressing!
Eggplants in shallot sauce: Steamed eggplant tossed with caramelized shallots
Green Beans with Shallots
The recipe couldn’t be simpler, but the combination of crunchy green beans with soft, caramelized shallots is absolutely delicious. It’s great as a side dish at dinner parties or family gatherings, but it also makes an easy lunch option when you’re in a rush!
For the sauce:
- Boil pot of water for green beans. When it starts boiling, add a few punches of salt. Add the green beans and cook for about 3 minutes (or longer if you like it really tender).
- Combine ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.
- Heat a pan on medium heat and add 3 tbsp of oil. After a couple of minutes, add the shallots. Test the temperature with one slice of shallot – it should sizzle right away. Continue stirring and cooking until they become tender and slightly golden.
- Remove the green beans and add them to the shallots. Toss to combine. Add the sauce and stir until everything is well incorporated and the green beans are tender to your liking.
- Serve with a squeeze of lemon or lime. You can also garnish with toasted sesame seeds or almonds.