Lemon Butter Green Beans with Garlic and Parmesan

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Why do the weekends have to go by so quickly? I was anticipating a rainy weekend but it actually turned out to be quite nice. On Friday my little man and I went on a mommy son date night which was too cute. I love spending time with my kids alone every once in a while. The kids also had birthday parties on Saturday and Sunday so Mommy’s Taxi Service was running all over. In between stops I had a chance to work around the house on some more of my flowers planters and my herb garden which I always look forward to doing. It’s loaded with a ton of herbs this year and a few new ones I haven’t planted before.

Anywho, today I have an exciting recipe for you – green beans.

You’re jumping up and down with excitement aren’t you?

Lemon Butter Green Beans with Garlic and Parmesan | www.motherthyme.com

Lemon Butter Green Beans with Garlic and Parmesan | www.motherthyme.com

I’ve had this recipe sitting in the vault for a little bit since green beans isn’t the most exciting recipe however I couldn’t resist sharing it because these are so good! If you love heading out to farmers markets or if you get your fruits and veggies in your CSA baskets, I thought you might enjoy adding this recipe to your collection especially if you’re looking for some new ways to jazz up your veggies this summer.

My local farmers market just started up for the season a few weeks ago. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet so I usually purchase my produce at Wegman’s. If you have been to or shop at Wegman’s you know what an amazing store it is. I’m like a kid at a toy store there. I could literally be in there for hours grocery shopping. One of the many reasons I love Wegman’s is that they sell local produce in their stores and let you know what farm they came from. So it’s nice to know if I can’t make it to the farmers market I am still supporting local farmers when seasonal produce is available.

Lemon Butter Green Beans with Garlic and Parmesan | www.motherthyme.com

So how good are these? So good! I’ll admit I have eaten almost an entire bowl of just these green beans alone. Once I start eating them I can stop.

If your bored with your same old same old green bean recipe then you’ll need to try these. Even your pickiest eaters may enjoy all the flavor these tasty little beans have. They make the perfect side dish with practically anything or just snack on them alone which I would totally do, it’s your call.


Lemon Butter Green Beans with Garlic and Parmesan

  • Author: Jenn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4


  • 1 pound green beans (cleaned and trimmed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and cold water and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Add green beans and cook for about 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Drain beans and immediately place in ice water to stop the cooking.
  4. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute longer until fragrant.
  6. Stir in lemon juice and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Drain green beans and add to skillet.
  8. Saute green beans, stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes until heated through.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired.
  11. Serve immediately.

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  1. Amazing! I am not a huge green bean fan, but this recipe changed my mind. Everyone in the Family loved them as well.

  2. Great way to cook green beans. They tasted fresh and crisp. I was making a rice bowl with cilantro rice and pork. The beans made a great accompaniment.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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