Caramelized Green Beans


Recipe excerpted from Food Between Friends by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Tanous. A longer-than-you-might-expect cook time in the skillet as well as some sugar caramelizes green beans to make them irresistible.

Caramelized Green Beans
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 1/2 cups


  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 ½ pound green beans, trimmed

  • 1 small shallot, halved

  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed

  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and halved

  • ½ teaspoon dried dill

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • ¾ teaspoon sugar

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 of a lemon


  1. In an extra-large stainless-steel or cast-iron skillet melt butter over medium until bubbling. Add green beans and toss well to coat. Add shallot, garlic, ginger, and dill. Season with a big pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, tossing frequently, until beans are darkened in color, slightly wilted, and caramelized, 35 to 40 minutes. Some of the green beans will be darker and softer than others; that's okay.

  2. Sprinkle in the sugar and cook another minute to dissolve. Remove pan from heat and stir in lemon zest and juice. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
9g Fat
16g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 25.4mg 127%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 430mg 9%
Folate, total 61.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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