Caramelized Green Beans

Food 2013 013

I hate vegetables.  There I said it.  I admit it.  I eat them as quickly as I possibly can at the beginning of my meal to show my kids that even Mommy eats her vegetables.  But, UGH!  I hate the taste.  Until this recipe.  It is delicious.  I could eat a whole pan of these beans.

I found this recipe on Pinterest – Caramelized Green Beans on Our Best Bites.

I made it at the last-minute and did not have time to thaw and cook the bacon the recipe called for but it was delicious without it and I am sure healthier.


1 lb. (actually, just a little bit more…maybe 1 1/8 lb.) fresh green beans
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
3-4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
olive oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
Lots of freshly ground pepper


  1. Start boiling a large pot of water. Place beans in a colander and rinse them well. Then snap the ends off and snap them in half.
  2. Prepare the sauce by mixing sugar, soy sauce, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Make sure your onions are sliced, garlic is pressed (or minced), and everything is ready to go.
  4. Pour 2 TBSP of olive oil into pan and heat pan to medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add onions and garlic and cook until onions start to turn translucent.
  5. Add beans to boiling water. Place colander in a clean sink. Boil for 2-3 minutes; you’re not cooking them until they’re done, just blanching them to take the edge off.
  6. When cooked drain beans in the colander in the sink.
  7. Once beans have been drained, add them to the onions and garlic. Stir fry 3-5 more minutes.
  8. Stir sauce and then pour on top of the beans. Keep stirring until the beans are completely coated.  Stir until sauce starts to become thick about 5 minutes.
  9. Take off heat and serve.

I want to make this dish every night.  It was gone shortly after I placed the plates on the table.  Everyone at the table asked for seconds.  This goes into our sides rotation.  I want to try this with other veggies too to see how it tastes.


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