Shredded Green Beans with Lemon-Lime-Zest and Snipped Chives

I served green beans wrapped in bacon for our holiday menu using frozen Kenia beans. There were a lot of short and/or broken beans left and I used them for

Shredded Green Beans with Lemon-Lime-Zest and Snipped Chives

Shredded Green Beans with Lemon-Lime-Zest and Snipped Chives

They are perfect for the Monthly Featured Ingredient/Dish – Lemons! at I♥CC. I loved the combination of citrus and chives, my three gentlemen didn’t and missed the bacon. In our familiy shredded beans are traditionally served in bechamel with meat balls.

Shredded Green Beans with Lemon-Lime-Zest and Snipped Chives

Yield: 4 servings

Shredded Green Beans with Lemon-Lime-Zest and Snipped Chives Collage


  • 350 grams green and/or yellow beans, tops and tails trimmed; I used thawed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, clarified butter or ghee
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large lemon, grated zest
  • 1 lime, grated zest
  • 12 grams chives, fresh, chopped, about 4 tbsp.


  1. Slice the beans on a diagonal into roughly 0,5 cm pieces. If you are using a food processor, do them a handful at a time. Eitehr way, the result should be tiny, angular zeroes.
  2. Heat the clarified butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the beans and stir until coated with oil, then add the water.
  3. Cover and cook 2 or 3 minutes, until the beans are brightly colored and tender; give the pan a good shake midway through to ensure even cooking.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the zests and half of the chives. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve garnished with the remaining chives.

total time: 30 minutes
preparation time: 20 minutes
cooking/baking time: 3 minutes

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10 thoughts on “Shredded Green Beans with Lemon-Lime-Zest and Snipped Chives

  1. Kayte

    The green beans look wonderful to me, with or without the bacon, but I have to say that my guys would prefer the bacon addition as well! I love the idea of these and lemon and chives, a beautiful combination.

  2. Kim @ Stirring The Pot

    I love the way the green beans are shredded in this recipe. Too often I find that green beans are served whole and then are somewhat cumbersome to eat. This is a perfect way to get around that and I think the shredding adds a more desirable texture as well. A lovely and fresh way to enjoy green beans, although I’d be very interested to see your green beans with bechamel and meatballs (sounds equally delicious).

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