Pan-Charred Green Beans with Tarragon

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

Get ready: This will become your new favorite way to do green beans. We love the light anise flavor of tarragon, but you could use any herb you like--try parsley, chives, or thyme.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 ounces)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 11 Minutes
Total: 11 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 33
  • Fat: 1.8g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 136mg
  • Calcium: 23mg

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces washed and trimmed fresh green beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Heat a medium, heavy skillet (not nonstick) over high heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Coat pan with cooking spray. Immediately add green beans to pan, shaking them into a single layer; cook, without stirring, 2 minutes or until beans are very lightly charred. Cook beans 5 more minutes or until crisp-tender and evenly charred, tossing occasionally.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Let beans rest 1 minute. Add butter; toss until butter melts and coats beans. Add vinegar; toss. Turn on heat if necessary to evaporate most of liquid. Sprinkle beans with tarragon and salt; toss. Serve immediately.
  4. Pan-Charred Asparagus: In place of green beans, use 8 ounces (2 1/2-inch) pieces of trimmed asparagus. Use 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted walnut oil in place of butter and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in place of vinegar. After tossing asparagus with tarragon and salt, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped, toasted walnuts and 2 tablespoons shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  5. Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
  6. Calories 52; Fat 4 g (sat 0.7g); Sodium 160mg
Note:

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