French Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

Fresh haricots verts, skinny green beans boiled, drained, then sautéed in butter with onions, tarragon, thyme, parsley, and chives.

French Green Beans Haricot Verts
Elise Bauer

Ever see those skinny little green beans in the market?

They’re a French variety of green bean, also known as haricots vert, or filet beans. Haricots verts are more delicate than regular green beans and cook up more quickly.

This is a simple recipe in which you blanch the beans first, and then sauté them quickly in a little butter with onions and fresh garden herbs.

French Green Beans Haricot Verts
Elise Bauer

If you can't find haricots verts, you can use regular fresh green beans, just boil them a little longer.

Do you have a method of preparing haricots verts? Please let us know about it in the comments.

French Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings

Use fresh herbs if available. If not, you can used dried, but use a quarter as much.


  • 1 pound thin green beans (haricots vert), trimmed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped fine
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Tbsp tarragon or basil, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped fine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Boil the beans for 2 minutes.

    Plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking and set the color. Drain the beans and pat dry on a cloth or paper towel.

  2. Sauté onions:

    Heat the butter over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan. Cook the onions until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add green beans:

    Add the green beans and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.

    sauteeing french green beans haricot verts
    Elise Bauer
  4. Add seasonings:

    Add all the herbs and some salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cook for 1 minute more.

    Serve hot or at room temperature, with lemon wedges.