Photo by: Leigh Beisch

Green Beans with Lemon-Butter Breadcrumbs

Spiced breadcrumbs add a crunchy twist to traditional green beans. Remember this one for your next holiday recipe update.

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • none Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt, plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • none Freshly ground black pepper


1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add panko; stir constantly for 2 minutes or until golden. Remove from heat. Stir in zest and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

2. Fill a large saucepan 2/3 full of water; bring to a boil. Add remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Add beans; cook 2 minutes. Fill a large bowl 2/3 full of ice water. Transfer beans to ice water to cool; drain.

3. Add oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add beans; sauté, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until heated. Add lemon juice and almonds; sauté 1 minute. Season with pepper. Add panko topping; serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 101none
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 12g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 255mg
  • Calcium: 51mg

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Green Beans with Lemon-Butter Breadcrumbs Recipe