Green Green Beans with Brown Butter Breadcrumbs Recipe

This recipe is a simple and flavorful side dish featuring crisp green beans tossed in nutty brown butter and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs (or regular breadcrumbs)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano (optional)


  • Cook the Green Beans: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 5-8 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Drain the beans and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  • Brown the Butter: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Swirl the pan constantly until the butter turns a deep golden brown and releases a nutty aroma, about 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the butter.
  • Make the Crispy Breadcrumbs: Add the panko breadcrumbs to the browned butter. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and toasted.
  • Season and Serve: Add the cooked green beans, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano (if using) to the pan with the breadcrumbs and browned butter. Toss to coat everything evenly. Heat for another minute or two until warmed through.
  • Serve: Transfer the green beans with brown butter breadcrumbs to a serving dish and enjoy immediately.


  • For extra flavor, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a splash of white wine vinegar to the pan with the green beans.
  • If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs, you can use regular breadcrumbs, but they may not get quite as crispy. To make your own breadcrumbs, tear or chop bread slices into cubes and toast them in a low oven until dry. Then pulse them in a food processor until coarsely ground.
  • You can add other herbs to this dish, such as fresh thyme or chopped parsley.
  • To make this dish vegetarian, use olive oil instead of butter.

Enjoy this delicious and easy side dish!


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