Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Other than the green beans, you probaby already have all the ingredients needed to make this easy and flavorful summer side.

How to Make It

Bring water, salt, pepper, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add green beans; cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook 10 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Drain beans, and drizzle with 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice. Add more olive oil and lemon juice, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews


April 07, 2016
I thought this was a very tasty, easy recipe to make.  I followed the recipe exactly using only half of the lemon juice.  I paired this with a steak and salad.  I will be making this all summer with our home grown green beans.

Great recipe

August 17, 2015
I don't understand the first reviewer giving it 1 star. Maybe she used too much lemon juice? The green beans cook to a great texture and the flavor is light, allowing you to actually taste the fresh green beans. This is a go to recipe with our homegrown crop.

Just doesn't work

June 21, 2015
I love lemon and I love green beans so had high hopes for this recipe but this combo of flavors just doesn't work. I'll stick with Citrus Green Beans with Pine Nuts or Garlic and Thyme Green Beans, both easy and fantastic. Won't make this again.