Frenchie Basics : Crunchy Green Beans

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Hi all !

Green beans are definitely a basic when you start cooking. It is so simple to prepare, take 5 min to cook and you are left with a crunchy, sweet vegetable take you can eat warm or cold. Not to mention that it is filled with vitamins and minerals.

Again, I like to modify a recipe and create my own with the things I have in my pantry. You can do too !

This recipe has a little twist to it because you add a little bittersweet taste to the dish.

Let’s start 🙂


crunchy green beans



Yield: 4 servings – Prep time: 20min – Cooking time: 5 min

What you’ll need



  • 400g of fresh green beans
  • a sprinkle of coarse sea salt (coarse is better but if you have refined sea salt it is fine)
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (I use my homemade garlic oil)
  • 1 tbsp of Pomegranate Molasses (this is delicious, you can achieve a similar taste with 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sugar)
  • a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp of sliced almonds to serve



Here is my philosophy : use whatever you have in your pantry that is close to the ingredients above as it is more convenient for you. Everyday cooking is fun, it should not be a dictatorship !

Moreover, This is how you create unique recipes which will be yours.



First trim the green beans by removing both ends by hand. This takes a little bit of time but the taste worths it !

Put water in the saucepan, add a sprinkle of coarse sea salt and bring to a boil.

When the water is boiling, put the green beans in the saucepan and let them cook for 5-7mins. They should be still crunchy but definitively cooked.

Then, immediately remove the beans from the boiling water and put them in the strainer under running cold water. This will stop the cooking process and leave them crunchy.

Once they are cold, you can put them in the mixing bowl and drizzle the olive oil, the pomegranate molasses, pepper and sea salt.

Toss them well so they are evenly coated with the vinaigrette created.

To finish, sprinkle the sliced almond on the top.


Et voilĂ  !

They are a perfect side for a meat, a fish dish or as a starter.

crunchy green beans

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Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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