Green beans with mustard butter sauce is a quick and easy side dish with rich, tangy flavor and only 5 ingredients!
T-1 day until Thanksgiving – are you ready?!
My mom and I are doing our big grocery run together this morning, then we’ll prep some things ahead today and get our game plan ready for tomorrow.
We’re big planners and list makers so we like to talk it out and make sure we know what needs to happen when. 👍
But on to today’s recipe!
Green beans with mustard butter sauce is one of those easy go-to side dishes when you need something tasty but don’t want to fuss over another part of your dinner.
Know what I mean? You’ve looked up a recipe for your chicken, you’ve shopped for the ingredients, gotten everything prepped and now you need some sides.
You look in the fridge and think, what am I gonna do with this vegetable?
Happens to me ALL. THE. TIME.
Which is why we eat a lot of microwave baked potatoes. Nothing to do but scrub, poke with a fork and cook in the microwave.
We also eat a lot of simple spinach salads and steamed broccoli. Fuss-free.
And so are these green beans with mustard butter sauce.
You just cook the green beans quickly in boiling water, whisk together your sauce, combine and serve. You just need 10 minutes and an easy, healthy, yummy side dish is ready for dinner any night of the week.
Plus, it’s only 5 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper) so I can always whip this up without a second thought. 👍
- Fresh green beans – The start of the show
- Coarse grain mustard – The texture here is great, but you can substitute extra Dijon mustard if needed
- Dijon mustard – Bring on that tangy goodness
- Lemon – This brightens the whole dish
- Butter – This lends some richness to the sauce
Now, I’ve got a few quick notes and tips coming up on how to make green beans with mustard butter sauce. Just trying to be helpful.
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Notes on making green beans with mustard butter sauce:
- Green beans texture: I like cooking the green beans for this dish until they are tender, but not mushy. If you want yours completely soft, just add a few more minutes of cooking time. (And check out my sautéed green beans and tomatoes, which are slow cooked until totally soft).
- Tangy vs sweet: I like that these green beans are a bit tangy, but you can certainly add a teaspoon or two of honey if you want to sweeten this up a little.
- Butter vs olive oil: You can substitute olive oil for the butter if you’re vegan or if you want the sauce to be more of a vinaigrette.
- Mustard: I like the texture and flavor of the whole grain mustard, in addition to the creamy Dijon, but if you don’t have any, you can use all Dijon mustard here.
These green beans would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving table tomorrow, especially for how simple they are amid all the other elaborate dishes we all tend to make for the big meal.
And really, who couldn’t use another side dish?! They’re usually my favorite part!
(Seen here 👆 with my cranberry balsamic pork chops.)
My family and my parents always have some form of green beans as one of our veggies at Thanksgiving. This year my mom requested my green beans gremolata. Though my dad wants our classic green bean casserole. Hmmm.
I’ll have to make them this dish soon cause I bet they’ll be a new favorite. 😉
Enjoy! And to my American friends, I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!
You can substitute olive oil for the butter if you’re vegan or if you want the sauce to be more of a vinaigrette. I like the texture and flavor of the whole grain mustard, but if you don’t have any, you can use all Dijon mustard here.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g
You can substitute olive oil for the butter if you’re vegan or if you want the sauce to be more of a vinaigrette.
I like the texture and flavor of the whole grain mustard, but if you don’t have any, you can use all Dijon mustard here.