Green Beans with Balsamic Butter

One of the fundamental differences between Sara and me is that while she’s sadly lamenting her lack of a garden this summer, I’m just so super thankful I don’t have any plants in my garden to kill and then feel guilty about. I have the blackest of black thumbs. In fact, when I was a kid, I was genuinely worried that I wouldn’t be able to remember to feed and care for my future children because I was so very bad at keeping plants alive.

That said, I really do have a whole-hearted appreciation for garden-fresh produce. And probably my favorite thing is fresh green beans. Growing up, one of my best friends had the most amazing garden and we would eat green beans until we could eat no more. 3 meals a day.

One of my favorite ways to eat them is with this compound butter, made with reduced balsamic vinegar, garlic, and green onions. It’s simple and quick enough for a weeknight side dish, but it’s elegant enough to serve for guests.

You’ll need green beans, balsamic vinegar, butter, green onions, and garlic.

Chop the green onions, mince the garlic,

and combine the onions, garlic, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Cook on medium, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until most of the vinegar is reduced into a thick syrup and has been absorbed by the green onions.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil, combine the vinegar/oninon mixture and the butter.

Set aside.

When the water begins to boil, add the green beans. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the beans float to the top and are bright green. Drain. Toss in the balsamic butter and serve immediately.

Serves 8.



  1. This just looks about 20 times more decadent than it really is…if you are on a diet that permits butter, which I am…yay!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Erin –

  2. Wow, does this look good! And I’m always trying to think up new ways to cook the fresh vegetables available at our farmers’ market on the town square. Thank you so much!

  3. I am always looking for news ways to cook green beans as I get them regularly in a farm delivery basket. This looks amazing!! Thank you for this great idea.
    Have a healthy day.

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