Sautéed French Green Beans with Sesame Seeds

Delicious sautéed French green beans with soy sauce, sesame seeds and butter (or haricots verts sautés au beurre avec sauce soja et graines de sésame). Frozen green beans (string or cut green beans) can be used too. Quick and delicious side meal recipe that goes well with practically everything.

Today I’m going to show you one of my littlest ones favorite side meal to any meat I serve (like this INSTANT POT TURKEY BREAST ROLL or the HUNGARIAN STUFFED MEATLOAF (STEFÁNIA VAGDALT). The beauty of this recipe is that it’s quick and easy. Moreover, I usually prepare it with frozen whole green beans as they are not always available fresh during the year in European markets. What is more, you can make this recipe with frozen green beans (long or precut) just as fine.

If you are a fan of all kinds of green beans check out my recipe for Italian flat green beans and potato stew that is a popular meal choice across Greece, Italy and neighboring countries.

FUN FATCS: French green beans (called haricots verts in French) are a slender variety of green beans. They are typically longer and thinner than regular green beans. French green beans are often picked when young to ensure their delicate flavor and crispness. They are commonly used in French cuisine, often sautéed, steamed, or blanched and served as a side dish. In Europe, depending on country, they are sold on the market fresh or in store frozen in packs – long or precut.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  1. Green beans – whole or cut French green beans (fresh or frozen)
  2. Butter – for sautéing, or olive oil works too
  3. Sesame seeds – for green beans
  4. Soy Sauce – for green beans, can be substituted with salt if needed
  5. Pinch of nutmeg

Note: You can also add chopped walnuts, cumin powder or ginger powder to spice things up.

How to cook?

1st: Blanch green beans in boiling water for 5-to 10 minutes. They need to be firm, but somewhat cooked.

2nd: Sauté on the stove top with butter, add soy sauce and sesame seeds. Add spices and serve.

Note: You can always go without blanching the greens 1st, if you like them somewhat more firm. However, my family prefers that they are blanched before sautéing.

Sautéed French Green beans with butter and sesame seeds haricot verts
Sautéed French Green beans with butter and sesame seeds haricot verts

Sautéed French Green Beans with Sesame Seeds

The European Dish
Delicious sautéed French green beans with soy sauce, sesame seeds and butter (or haricots verts sautés au beurre avec sauce soja et graines de sésame). Frozen green beans (string or cut green beans) can be used too. Quick and delicious side meal recipe that goes well with practically everything.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine European, French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g (approx. 1 pound) French green beans, frozen or fresh
  • 2-4 tbsp. good quality soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp. sesame seeds, golden
  • 6 tbsp. (60g) butter (olive oil), less or more as needed
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • water for blanching beans

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot bring water to boil, add fresh/frozen French green beans and blanche for 5 to 10 minutes on medium heat.
  • Next, strain beans from water and transfer to preheated (non-stick) pan on the stove. Add butter and stir for a few minutes on medium heat.
  • Then, add soy sauce, sesame seeds and nutmeg. Stir new ingredients into beans well. Continue to sauté green beans until they start to get crisp (approx. up to 10 minutes on my stove).
  • Remove from stove top and serve immediately.

Notes

  • If using fresh French green beans you may need to trim the edges 1st. 
  • Recipe works great with frozen Green beans – long or cut.
  • Optional ingredients: cumin powder, ginger powder, s few tbsp. of chopped walnuts 
  • If you use olive in instead of butter, cook on low to medium heat. Sautéing may take longer though. 
Keyword 20 minutes, Mediterranean diet, quick and easy, vegetarian
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2 Comments

  1. R.D.
    July 1, 2024 / 1:09 pm

    5 stars
    Brought this to family potluck, it was a hit.

5 from 1 vote

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