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Buttery Green Beans with Pistachio-Lemon Gremolata

Buttery Green Beans with Pistachio-Lemon Gremolata

  • Author: Molly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 side servings 1x


These Buttery Green Beans with Pistachio-Lemon Gremolata are a spring side dish that comes together with minimal ingredients and time but delivers in a major way in the flavor department. Buttery pistachios and bright herbs and lemon make these beans pop in a new and wonderful way! These are proof that simple is sometimes best.



For the Gremolata:

  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped (sliced almonds would also work)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or grated
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Green Beans:

  • 1 lb green beans, washed and trimmed
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • Additional salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh lemon juice, for serving


For the Gremolata:

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the pistachios. Toast in the pan for a few minutes, watching them carefully so they do not burn. Remove from the heat to cool.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir well to combine. Stir in the toasted pistachios. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Set aside while you cook the green beans.

For the Green Beans:

  1. Place the beans, water, and salt in a large skillet. Cover and bring the water to a boil. Uncover and cook the green beans for 2 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and beans and set the beans aside.
  3. Return the skillet to the stove and set over medium heat. Add the butter.
  4. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic and cook for a minute or so until fragrant.
  5. Return the green beans to the pan, toss well in the garlic butter, and cook for another 1-2 minutes. You want them to be tender-crisp and bright green, so don’t cook them for too long! Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

To Serve:

Place the warm green beans on a large serving platter and garnish generously with the gremolata and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Serve warm.

Alternatively, you can mix the gremolata into the beans right in the pan, tossing well to evenly coat the beans in the gremolata. Spritz with lemon juice and serve warm.


Gremolata lightly adapted from here.

  • Category: side dishes

Keywords: buttery green beans, garlic butter green beans, easy vegetable side dishes, pistachio lemon gremolata, vegetables with gremolata, vegetarian side dishes