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Blistered Green Beans

Blistered Green Bean

Blistered Green Beans are similar to Chinese dry fried green beans, only much easier to prepare. Charred, but not burnt, these green beans taste rich and flavorful, and there isn’t much hassle or oil involved! These were the perfect way to use my garden green beans!

Blistered Green beans

It isn’t easy to get Manservant to eat his vegetables. It is only this year that I saw him eat a slice of a garden fresh tomato…and from our garden. I think he knew I would kill him if he didn’t at least try it. He will eat salsa fresca as long as it’s on a tortilla chip and he will eat gazpacho. Caesar salad is his salad of choice and carrots are only good for dipping. To Manservant, veggies are something that are ingredients. They are meant to be chopped up and go unnoticed. So a plain tomato with salt…that was the first. In fact every veggie he eats is always the last thing left on his plate. I have tried to explain to him that other than salad, he might prefer veggies more, if he ate them while they were hot.

Manservant does like beans. He adores refried beans and black beans and baked beans. And he used to enjoy the green beans that came out of the can and were made into the famous, condensed soup Thanksgiving casserole with the crispy onions on top. He also loves red beans and rice and lima beans and kidney beans. The man does love his beans. Whereas I came from a family that didn’t eat a lot of beans. To my family, beans were something that sent one running to the bathroom. Luckily, I didn’t inherit that gene!

Blistered Green Beans

So blistered green beans? Well, green beans are one of those veggies that fall into his consideration category. He does like Chinese green beans with pork and garlic, so this recipe, even though it contains no pork or garlic, tastes just like dry fried green beans. And it is way simpler. No need to use a lot of oil; no need to make a huge mess of the stove top; and what a quick way to achieve such great results. I had lots of green beans in my garden this year and now they are flowering again. I am so excited…More blistered green beans in my future!

Blistered Green Beans

A Few More Bean recipes:

Homemade Three Bean Salad from Valerie’s Kitchen

Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans from Big Bear’s Wife

Red Beans and Rice (Cajun Style)

Red Beans, Rice, Cornbread

Rosemary Balsamic White Beans

Tuscan White Beans with Potatoes and Sage

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Blistered Green Beans

Blistered Green Bean

Blistered Green Beans

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: American


Blistered Green Beans are similar to Chinese dry fried green beans, but much easier to prepare. Charred, but not burnt, these green beans are delicious.


1/2 t grated lemon zest

1 t lemon juice

1/2 t kosher salt

1/4 t pepper or Sichuan pepper

1 lb green beans, trimmed

2 T vegetable oil


Combine lemon zest, salt and your choice of pepper in a small bowl and set aside.

Rinse green beans, but do not dry. Place in a medium bowl. cover and microwave until fully tender, about 6 – 12 minutes, stirring every three minutes. (Mine took only about 6 minutes.) Transfer green beans to a paper lined plate and let drain.

Heat oil in 12″ nonstick skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add green beans in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, until green beans begin to blister and char, 4 to 5 minutes. Toss green beans and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are softened and charred, 4-5 minutes longer. Transfer green beans to a serving bowl and sprinkle with lemon salt mixture, lemon juice and toss to coat.


Thank you Cook’s Illustrated.

Keywords: green beans, vegetables, stir fry

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  • Reply
    August 14, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Very yummy! My husband doesn’t eat any veggies…no problem with the salad though. I would keep this whole plate just to myself 🙂

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    August 14, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Oooh, I could eat a whole plate of these beans! Especially since they were from your garden!!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 14, 2018 at 5:51 am

    I make green beans like this at least once a week – but have never tried them with lemon. Thank you for the recipe Abbe – I’ll be giving it a try!

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    August 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Your man and my guy are the same when it comes to vegetables and mine doesn’t eat green beans . I , on the other hand love your blistered beans and could eat a whole plate by myself. Pinned!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    August 14, 2018 at 10:01 am

    What a great looking dish! I make beans like this as part of a Mediterranean-style stir-fry, but never thought to serve the beans all by themselves. Bu t I will. 🙂 Thanks!

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    Healthy World Cuisine
    August 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Love these quick and easy side dishes with loads of flavor but just a few ingredients. Lots less work then making it the Chinese long bean and pork version of cooking it in the wok. Just pinned!

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    August 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Nice, very nice. I have a charred carrot recipe on my blog. It’s just a little more than roasting. And not leaving the kitchen for a second!

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    August 21, 2018 at 10:53 am

    This is my favorite way to enjoy green beans too. I think mastering a controlled char on all sorts of food is the sign of a good cook. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written on my blog how much I love cooking hot and fast. GREG

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