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Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake

Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake is a healthy, tasty side dish that can be enjoyed all year long. These green beans are far from boring. In fact, this recipe calls for haricot verts, which are thin, crisp French green beans that have a light sweetness. The lemon juice brightens the green beans, while the furikake adds umami. If you are looking for a quick, healthy side dish to impress, Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake is the perfect recipe for you.

Haricot Verts: the Perfect Side

When you think of a tasty side, green beans are probably not your first choice. Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake are a far cry from the sad, lifeless green beans you often see as a side in restaurants. This recipe calls for haricot verts, garlic, furikake, and lemon juice. The French haricot verts are crisp and more delicate than standard green beans. They have a light sweetness and cook very quickly, which is perfect if you are making a side for a large group. While haricot verts are French, they have them available in most grocery stores.

For this recipe, simply cook them in a simple skillet, like this All-Clad Stainless Steel Fry Pan, GreenPan Ceramic Non-Stick Fry Pan, Le Creuset Signature Oyster 10″ Skillet.

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Bright and Savory Sautéed Green Beans

When making vegetables, seasoning is often the most important part. Whenever I make a recipe, I make sure to limit the ingredients, including the seasoning. In the case of vegetables, I keep it very light and depend on salt and fat to enhance the natural flavor of the vegetable. In the case of Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake, I only used garlic, lemon, furikake, and salt and pepper to highlight the light, sweet flavor of the crisp green beans.

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What is Furikake?

Furikake is one of my favorite seasonings. I put it on vegetables, rice, popcorn, the list goes on. It adds a tasty umami flavor to anything you add it to without being overpoweringly salty. So what is furikake? Furikake is a Japanese seasoning made of dry seaweed (nori), sesame seeds, and salt. There are many varieties of furikake, which often include bonito flakes, rice puffs, shrimp, and other savory bits. For everyday seasoning, I use a classic furikake with the most basic ingredients.

Interested in another way to use furikake? Check out Furikake & Lemon Shishito Peppers.

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Quick and Easy Instructions

Aside from being healthy and delicious, these green beans are so easy to make. They take under 20 minutes to make with minimal babysitting. If you are just learning to cook or want to cook something healthy in a short amount of time, Sauteed Green Beans with Furikake is a great recipe to start with. I personally love making this during the work week. Even though it is simple, it is full of flavor and looks impressive too.

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Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake

  • Author: pastaragazza
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake is a healthy side that can be enjoyed all year long.  You can use regular green beans, but haricot vests are tender, cook faster, and you don’t have to trim them. The lemon brightens the dish and the furikake adds an umami flavor to the dish. 


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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs haricot verts green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp furikake

Instructions

Over medium heat, heat olive oil in a skillet or fry pan.  Warm garlic in oil for one minute.  Stir in green beans, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.  Cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Remove from heat and toss beans with furikake.

 

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