Every weekend during the summer, if we are lucky, there will be a good supply of wax beans at the farmers market.
These golden yellow (and sometimes purple) versions of green beans are harvested young, and are sweet and tender.
Here is a simple way to prepare them, with the subtle flavor of a mint infusion.
What are Yellow Wax Beans?
Wax beans, also known as yellow wax beans, are very similar to green beans, except that since wax beans don't contain chlorophyll they're not green in color like green beans. Wax beans also can have a purple hue, known as purple beans. Since wax beans, green beans, and purple beans taste alike you can use them pretty interchangeably in dishes.
Where to Find Wax Beans
You can often find wax beans at the farmers market during the summer, or year-round in the produce department of your local grocery store. Choose beans that are evenly colored without any brown spots and snap when you bend them in half.
How to Store and Prep Wax Beans
Store wax beans, unwashed, in your refrigerator's crisper for 3 to 5 days. When you're ready to use the beans, rinse them under cool running water, and trim the stem ends.
How to Find the Best Mint
The mild flavor of fresh mint pairs wonderfully with wax beans. Find mint alongside other fresh herbs in the produce section of your grocery store—look for nice green leaves that aren't wilted—or use your own homegrown mint.
Swaps and Substitutions
- Beans. Since wax beans and green beans are so similar, you can easily use them interchangeably in this recipe.
- Herbs. Use fresh basil or parsley in place of the mint, if you prefer.
What to Serve with Wax Beans
- Greek Meatloaf with Spinach and Feta
- Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb
- Roast Chicken with Apricot Glaze
- Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- Easy Vegetable Tart with Carrots, Fennel, and Chevre
Try These Green Bean Recipes!
- Green Beans With Bacon
- Green Beans With Almond and Thyme
- Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans
- Green Beans With Balsamic, Basil, and Parmesan
- French Green Beans With Butter and Herbs
Wax Beans With Mint
8 ounces wax beans
Several mint leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Infuse olive oil with mint:
A little bit ahead of time, crush a few mint leaves (reserve some for garnish) with a mortar and pestle. Put the crushed mint leaves into a small jar and add a couple tablespoons of high quality olive oil to cover.
Let sit for at least an hour if you can. The longer the mint is in the olive oil, the better the infusion.
Prep the wax beans:
Prepare the beans by cutting off and discarding the tips and ends. Snap the beans in half, if necessary, to have pieces about 2 inches in length.
Steam the beans:
Bring an inch of water in a saucepan to a boil. Place the beans in a steamer basket in the saucepan. Cover and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Check for doneness after about 8 minutes or so. If a fork easily goes through them, they're done.
Drizzle with mint infused oil:
Remove beans from pan and place them into a serving bowl. Use a strainer to drizzle the mint-infused olive oil over the beans.
Sprinkle with salt:
Sprinkle salt over the beans to taste. (Fleur de sel would work really well with this dish.)
Chop up a few more mint leaves to add as garnish.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||28%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|