Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
11 Mins
Total Time
11 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 ounces)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a medium, heavy skillet (not nonstick) over high heat for 2 minutes.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Step 6

Calories 52; Fat 4 g (sat 7g); Sodium 160mg

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

3 1/2 stars

October 21, 2016
Good; pretty basic.  Not sure we are fans of tarragon so might do thyme next time.  I actually added the vinegar at the last minute of cooking, let it cook off, then turned off the heat and added the butter and herb.

JHurinenko's Review

July 16, 2014
Made this with thyme because it was the only fresh herb i had on hand, it was delicious.

Napes77's Review

July 02, 2014
I made this for the first time the other night and my husband and I just loved it! This is my new favorite vegetable dish - I am making it again on Friday night. The tarragon and cider vinegar pair so well with the green beans and the pan charring is such a simple way to cook the beans. Try it, you will love it!

redenton's Review

March 19, 2014
This was an easy dish to cook and the tarragon flavor went with the green beans and cider very well.