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Green Bean Fries with Spicy Mayo

Green Bean Fries with Spicy Mayo
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Robyn Valaryk
Total time 30 mins

Serves 4 to 6

A light cornmeal coating and chipotle chile dip make these green beans as addictive as french fries. If you like more texture, use medium-grind cornmeal.


  • About 3 cups vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 canned chipotle chile, chopped
  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • 1 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 12 ounces green beans, stem ends trimmed

Nutrition Information

  • calories 274
  • caloriesfromfat 53 %
  • protein 4.7 g
  • fat 16 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • sodium 329 mg
  • cholesterol 8 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 375° on a deep-fry thermometer. Reduce heat to low if it gets too hot.

  2. Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and chipotle in a small bowl; set aside. Mix 1/2 cup flour, the cornmeal, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Put remaining 1/2 cup flour in a second bowl and buttermilk in a third bowl.

  3. Working with about 10 beans at a time, dust beans with flour, dip in buttermilk, then dredge in cornmeal mixture, breaking clumps apart as needed.

  4. Carefully drop beans into hot oil, turning to keep them from sticking. Fry beans until golden brown, about 3 minutes, increasing or reducing heat as needed to keep oil at 350°. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beans to a tray lined with paper towels. Serve with spicy mayo on the side.