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Dill Green Beans

Tender green beans tossed with melted butter and dill. This quick side dish is easy enough for weeknights and perfect for holidays too!

Whether you’re planning a Sunday family dinner, looking for a quick vegetable side dish to add to a weeknight dinner or planning your big holiday meal, green beans are a must!

Overhead photo of green beans on an oval plate. White background and blue striped towel.

And while I love steamed green beans as much as the next girl, it’s always nice to jazz things up a bit. The easiest and most delicious way that I have found to take my vegetables to the next level is adding herbs. Herbs are a great way to increase the flavor and aroma of just about any dish.

For this recipe, tender green beans are tossed in melted butter with dill. The result is a vegetable side dish that even my eight year old asked for seconds of!

Dill green beans on a white oval dish.

What ingredients do you need to make dill green beans?

This is the best part! You only need a handful of ingredients, we’re talking 5. Easy right?

FRESH GREEN BEANS: You don’t want to use canned or frozen beans in this recipe. Fresh green beans will give you the tender, yet crisp texture that you’re looking for with this dish. 

BUTTER: Unsalted is what I used. If you only have salted that’s fine too. Just watch how much additional salt that you add. 

DILL: You can use dried, freeze dried or fresh. I prefer to use freeze dried in this dish. I always have Lite House Freeze Dried Dill on hand and it works like a charm! 

DES’ TIP:  Just a handy reference, generally speaking, 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon of dried. That is because dried herbs are more concentrated. 

SALT AND PEPPER: As I said above, if you use salted butter you might not need to use as much salt here. I recommend using a coarse kosher salt as well as fresh cracked pepper. 

Step by Step Photos with Instructions:

STEP 1: Trim the green beans. You can do this by snapping off the ends or simply line them up and cut the ends off. 

Green beans on a wooden cutting board with a knife.

STEP 2: Blanch the green beans by cooking them in salted boiling water (I used about 1 tablespoon for the large pot) just until they are tender crisp and bright green, about 3 minutes.

Green beans in salted water.

STEP 3: Use a slotted spoon to move the green beans to a bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process. 

Green beans in an ice bath in a clear bowl with a blue striped towel.

STEP 4: Drain and pat dry the beans. 

Patting green beans dry with a paper towel.

STEP 5: Melt the butter in a skillet, add in beans and dill. Toss to coat and season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Green beans in a skillet with butter and dill.

That’s it! 5 ingredients and 5 steps, you can’t beat that! And guys, I am telling you, these beans are buttery, tender and so full of flavor. It will absolutely be your new favorite way to prepare green beans. 

Side view photo of green beans on an oval plate with a roasted chicken in the background.

If you loved this Dill Green Bean Recipe, check out these other easy side dishes

Garlic Rice 

Roasted Red Potatoes

Sautéed Broccoli 

Zucchini Cakes 

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Looking for a main dish to serve these beans with? Here are some of my favorites! 

Brined Fried Chicken 

Lemon Caper Salmon

Fried Cod

Dill Green Beans Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 8 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans
  • ice
  • water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried dill
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

1

Trim the green beans.

2

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in green beans and cook just until tender and bright green, about 3 minutes.

3

Place ice and water in a bowl. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans to the ice bath.

4

Drain and pat dry.

5

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted add in beans and dill. Toss to coat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Continue cooking until beans are tender, about 5 more minutes.

Notes

Nutrition facts are for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition information

Calories: 55 , Total Fat: 0.2g , Saturated Fat: 0g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 450mg , Carbohydrates: 12.6g , Fiber: 5.9g , Sugar: 2.4g , Protein: 3.3g

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  • Reply
    Julia Osgood
    July 15, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    These look great. I love green beans and dill so I’ll definitely give this a try.

  • Reply
    Toni
    July 14, 2020 at 10:24 am

    This is so amazing!! Such a great side dish!

  • Reply
    Cathy
    July 13, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    These are the perfect green beans!

  • Reply
    Kerri
    July 13, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    There is just something about a dish of nice fresh green beans… soo good!

  • Reply
    Dorothy Reinhold
    July 13, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    DILL! What an amazing flavor combo. Looks like I need to round up some green beans!

  • Reply
    Beth
    July 13, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    These look so tasty and yummy! Can’t wait to give these a try!

  • Reply
    Jen
    July 13, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Love how easy these are to make and go great with just about everything! We’ll be adding this to our dinner table on a regular rotation.

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    July 13, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Served these with our barbecue chicken dinner last night and they did not disappoint! Paired perfectly and even my picky eaters gobbled them up!

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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