[Recipe] How to Cook French Beans

As part of the CookSmarts potstickers recipe, they included french beans as an easy side dish. I searched online for more french bean recipes and found this one on All Recipes. As a side dish, it’s not too bad but probably not flavourful enough for you to want to eat it on its own.

My mum recommended cutting it diagonally but I like snapping off the ends, and breaking into half at the middle because you can sometimes peel off some of the fibrous bits in the middle. It also makes a rather satisfying snap sound when you break it into half.

Garlic french beans recipe


  • 1 packet / 400g of french beans (Pluck off ends and snap in half)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 tsp of lemon juice or lemon pepper

Just do it:

  1. Place french beans into a large pan and cover with water; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beans start to soften (about 5 min).
  3. Drain water.
  4. Add butter to green beans; cook and stir until butter is melted (2 to 3 min).
  5. Put in minced garlic and stir until garlic is tender and fragrant (3 to 4 min). Season with (lemon) pepper and salt.
  6. Optional: Stir in lemon juice.


  • French beans: $1.5
  • Garlic, butter: from home

Wow! $1.50. This must be one of the cheapest dishes to make.

Much as legumes are not my favourite things to eat, I shall test another french beans recipe and hopefully it will be more appetising as well as healthier (AKA not require the use of butter).

Till next time,


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