Today our tutorial is a simple and delicious: Crispy Blanched Green Beans! Green beans are in season from May-October, making them the perfect summer BBQ side dish.
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Bright green Simple Blanched Green Beans in a white bowl on black background

What You Need For Simple Blanched Green Beans….Hint: Not Much!

You will only need four ingredients: greens beans, olive oil, garlic and sea salt. I use Maldon Flaked Sea Salt in all my recipes.

Ingredients for simple blanched green beans: sea salt, garlic and green beans, on a wooden cutting board

How to “Blanche”

Blanching simply means you submerge the beans (or any vegetable) in a pot boiling water just long enough that veggies stay crisp and become even more brightly colored. That ‘s usually about three minutes. Blanching can be used on thinly sliced carrots, small broccoli florets etc…

I females right hand dropping green beans into a pot of boiling water, to demonstrate how to make simple blanched green beans

The Cool Down:

Give the beans a flash of cold water to stop the cooking process, otherwise they will soften up too much.


Simple blanched green beans in a colander set in a sink

The Finishing Touches:

After blanching, lightly drizzle and toss with extra virgin olive oil….

A woman's hand holding a bottle of olive oil to drizzle on simple blanched green beans

Then sprinkle with sea salt and garlic (optional), serve immediately. If you would like to see how to get the smell of garlic off your hands watch this 90 second video:)

A woman's hand sprinkling minced garlic on a bowl of simple blanched green beans


Snappy, bright and healthy!

Serve these lovely veggies alongside my BBQ Tri-Tip, BBQ Chicken, or this Pesto Salmon!


A close up photo of simple blanched green beans in a white bowl on black background


The Recipe: Simple Blanched Green Beans:

Blanched Green Beans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Today our tutorial is a simple, delicious side dish: Crispy Blanched Green Beans!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy side dish recipe, holiday recipe, how to
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • Desired amount of green beans
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil or melted butter
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Minced garlic to taste optional
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil
  2. Trim the ends of the green beans
  3. place beans in boiling water for 3-4 minutes
  4. strain in a colander and rinse very quickly with cold water
  5. place in a bowl, drizzle with enough olive oil or butter so all green beans are glistening
  6. Toss with garlic and sea salt
  7. Serve immediately



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