Wax Beans with Mint

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Simple wax beans recipe with wax, or yellow green beans, chopped mint, olive oil, and salt. Delicious combination of mint with the beans.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

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Wax Beans with Mint Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Infuse oil time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 3-4


  • 1/2 pound wax beans
  • Several mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt


1 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.

2 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.

3 Steam the beans: 15 minutes before serving 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.

4 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.

5 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.

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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. Liz

    Wow this turned out better than I expected. I’ve always made this but juiced lemon instead of adding mint. I must say, did not expect mint and beans to pair so perfectly together – they’re made for each other. Also tried with dried mint but it’s not the same – fresh mint is an absolute must! I also sprinkled some A little white cheese over it – voila! Thank you for a great recipe, will make it again and again!


  2. Pieg!rl

    Would this recipe work with regular green beans?

    Yes, it would work fine with regular green beans. ~Elise

  3. Chef B.J. Lee

    Jumped up and put this one to the test!
    At the Request of my Taster (my loving Vegan wife) I added a little more Janes crazy mixed up salt…

    Just a note, to speed up your infusion of the mint to oil, heat up the oil first,Heating it up in a Hot (Tap water) bath…


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