French Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

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

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Ever see those skinny little green beans in the market?

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

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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.

sauteeing french green beans haricot verts

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

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

French Green Beans with Butter and Herbs Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

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


  • 1 pound thin green beans (haricot 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 Blanch the green beans: 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.

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.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Kathleen

    Loved this with the fresh lemon and thyme. Made it with pork tenderloin and grilled sweet potatoes with cilantro, lemon zest vinaigrette. Complimented each other very well. Thank you


  2. Linda

    Did not use the onion or lemon but loved it anyway! So simple and the herbs flattered the beans and did not mask them. Definitely will keep this recipe and make again! Thank you


  3. Selva

    It was great! I made it last year for thanksgiving & im making this year too but,also, I’m making not just for holidays whenever we likes to eat it’s on the table. Thanks for the fantastic recepie!❤️

  4. irina Walker

    it was absolutely delicious


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  5. sonia Dhaliwal

    Do Black Turtle Beans( Haricots Beans) suppose to leave colour while cooking on stove top? Please could mention a few good dry beans brands. Thxx

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