Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans

Are you anything like me and sometimes struggle deciding what side dish to make with your lunch or dinner? Or, are you tired of making the same basic green veggie the same way? Well, struggle no more because these Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans are here to solve your meal dilemma! 

These Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans are absolutely delicious and extremely easy to make. They have a wonderful citrus flavor due to the lemon juice used. This recipe comes together with only a few ingredients. 

Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans

Recipe by Madison Amara
3.4 from 25 votes
Course: SidesDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 pounds green beans, washed and ends trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or grapeseed oil

  • juice of 1 small lemon

  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add green beans, lemon juice, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Sear for 10 minutes, or until tender to your liking. Toss occasionally.
  • Remove from the skillet and serve and enjoy! 

To get started on making this recipe, you will need 2 pounds of green beans that are washed with their ends trimmed, 1 tablespoon of olive oil or grapeseed oil, the juice of 1 small lemon, salt, and black pepper, to taste. 

To cook this dish, heat some olive oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Add the green beans, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Sear the green beans for 10 minutes, or until they are tender to your liking. Be sure to toss them occasionally. Remove them from the skillet. And, finally, serve and enjoy them!

Also, if you are feeling fancy, then grate a little bit of lemon zest on top of the finished green beans. It will certainly add much more of a lemon flavor. If you do not want that, then stick to the recipe as is. Even lemon slices on top make for a beautiful presentation! 

Regardless of how you choose to present and serve these, they will be delicious for your taste buds! This recipe makes enough to serve four people. However, if you want to serve more, then simply double or triple the ingredient measurements. 

You can also use these Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans for meal prep. They will last in the refrigerator for up to one week. These Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans can also be cut up into smaller pieces and thrown into a pasta dish for some added nutrients! These green beans reheat well in either the microwave or in the skillet, so you can enjoy them throughout the week. Enjoy making and eating these easy and tasty Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans! Until next time! 

2 thoughts on “Pan-Seared Lemon Green Beans”

  1. Wonderful recipe for change of pace… I i’ve been cooking green beans by the same recipe for years and I tried this and this is going to be my New go to recipe everyone loved the change! we eat green beans often; At least 3 to 4 times a week with ourother food

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