The Only Way to Eat a Green Bean

alt I grew green beans in the garden this year because my wife likes them. The problem with a green bean is that it is, for all intents and purposes, inedible. There are very few foods that actually trigger the gag reflex when put into my mouth. A green bean is one of them.

This is a recipe that attempts to make them edible. After eating these beans, my wife said they were the best green beans she has ever had.

Get some beans as fresh as you can find. I picked these from my garden so they are pretty fresh.


Trim and cut the beans into bite size pieces.

alt Blanch the beans for just a few minutes–just enough to soften them. If they start to change color (to a darker, more disgusting green) you have gone too long.

alt Now, in a sauté pan, over medium heat melt some butter and toss in the drained beans.


5) Fry them until they get toasty brown.


Season lightly with salt and serve.

The Result

My wife said they were the best beans she has ever had. I still gagged. When I was little, I remember my dad telling me, in an effort to persuade me to eat my beans, “I don’t like them either…but I am eating them”. I am not sure why he told me that. As an adult, it seems like the more honest reason would have been, “…because your mother cooked them and it is easier to eat them than argue with her.”