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Lemon-ginger string beans

Total Time
18 min
12 min
6 min
The beans in this easy side dish are seasoned with a mix of citrus, garlic, and ginger that’s ready in less than 20 minutes. It’s a winning flavor combination that amps up the taste without tremendous effort. String, snap, or green beans are all names for pole or bush beans that are grown in the spring and early fall. They come in a variety of colors, including green, yellow, and purple, and are terrific go-to side dish for grilled or roasted chicken, beef, pork, and seafood. You’ll need 1 medium lemon to yield the 2 teaspoons of zest and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice you need for this dish. You could also substitute fresh snap peas and snow peas.


Olive oil

2 tsp


2 medium clove(s), minced

Ginger root

1 Tbsp, fresh, minced

Uncooked string beans

3 cup(s), fresh or frozen and thawed

Fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp

Lemon zest

2 tsp, finely grated, or to taste

Table salt

tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium or medium-low heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  2. Add string beans and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice and zest; cover and steam until string beans are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.