Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans

When in doubt, throw it on the BBQ.

That’s my new motto, and I’m sticking to it. Pizza, peaches, chicken, shrimp, you name it, I’m grilling it.

Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans, heck yes.

I was cleaning out my fridge last week before firing up my grill and I had a bag of haricot vert sitting in there that needed to be consumed before I left town. So I figured since the rest of dinner was happening on the grill, I might as well throw those on too. I used my handy dandy grill pan that we got as a wedding gift and grilled the green beans to perfection. It was magical. And eye opening.

Also, that grill pan, you should probably get one. They are pretty freaking awesome. Just saying. And no one is paying me to say that, I’m just looking out for ya!

Like, remember the first time you ever roasted Brussels Sprouts, and it totally changed your life? This is basically the same thing but on the grill. Things are just better when they have a bit of char on them. Like s’mores. That roasted marshmallow makes things so much better. And pizza. The dough on the grill is basically the best thing you’ve ever had. Or just plain bread on the grill. The moral of the story is that we should all be grilling more. And I’m on a mission to come up with more crazy grilled treats for us before grilling season is over.

I wonder if you could grill bacon? Or would that get all sorts of crazy with the bacon grease dripping into the fire? I’ll report back on that one in a few weeks. Or maybe I won’t. If you don’t hear about it in the next couple of week that means it probably didn’t end well.

In the meantime, we should totally fire up the grill and make Grilled Green Beans and serve them on a nightly basis for the rest of the summer.

Grilled Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound green beans (ends trimmed) or haricot vert (no need to trim them)
  • 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare your gas or charcoal grill to medium high heat.
  2. In a bowl, toss together the olive oil, garlic, shallot, red pepper flakes and green beans, making sure each green bean is evenly coated with all the seasonings.
  3. Place the seasoned green beans on the grill plate/basket and transfer that to the grill over the flame. Grill the green beans for about 5-6 minutes until they are just charred slightly and soft.
  4. Using tongs, carefully remove the grill plate/basket from the grill and squeeze the lemon on top of the green beans.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve as needed.
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20 thoughts on “Grilled Green Beans

  1. I have a bag of frozen green beans at home; I might just have to do grill them this weekend on my make-shift grill! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh yum! These look like the perfect thing to munch on while other things are still on the grill!
    These are on my ‘must do’ list!!

  3. Thanks for this recipe – we’ll try this tonight. I’ve also read that crunching two vitamin C pills and including in the olive oil prevents unnecessary browning of the beans (because of the citric acid).

    You can indeed grill bacon. I’ve done it several times and we prefer it to pan fried bacon as the bacon doesn’t sit in its own grease while it cooks. You basically have to bake the bacon over the lowest setting on your grill – it takes a while, but it’s great. I can’t recommend that you try this over anything other than a low heat – or huge flair ups happen and it chars the bacon immediately (and it’s terrifying!) – and I wouldn’t recommend anything more than four or five slices at a time spaced out across the grill, just in case they flair up. I’ve learned this though trial and error. Experiment at your own risk.

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