Skillet-Charred Green Beans

Skillet-Charred Green Beans

These green beans with bagna cauda flavors make a wonderful accompaniment to any meat, fish or chicken dish. The beans are simple to cook and fairly effortless, so do resist the urge to stir too often. Allow them to sit, caramelize and shrivel to bring out all of their natural sweetness. Anchovies are tossed in at the end for a bright, salty hit that complements the sweet beans and shallots. These beans can be made ahead, and are equally delicious warm or at room temperature.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, 1 minute. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer mixture to a small bowl.
  2. Step 2

    Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet. Add green beans, season with salt and pepper and toss to evenly coat in the oil. Leave undisturbed over medium heat for 2 minutes to encourage charring, then stir and cook, tossing every 2 minutes, until most of the beans are shriveled, about 6 minutes longer.
  3. Step 3

    Reduce heat to low and add the shallot mixture and anchovies. Cook, stirring, until well incorporated and anchovies dissolve, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer to a serving platter and serve warm or at room temperature.