Cook-ahead French beans with garlic butter


Preparation info

  • Serves:


    as a main course side dish
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      15 min

Appears in

Lucy's Food: Minimum Effort, Maximum Impact!

Lucy's Food

By Lucy Cufflin

Published 2013

  • About

I think French beans are best steamed and cooked at the last minute, but that is not always possible if you are entertaining and have a hob full of other things cooking. Here is a foolproof way to cook them in advance.


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 250 g fresh French beans
  • 50 g


  1. Chop the garlic finely and sprinkle with salt while still on the chopping board. Use a table knife to work the salt into the garlic and turn it into a paste. Keep to one side.
  2. Trim the stalks from the beans. If you have bought pre-packed beans, shake the bag so all the stalk ends are crammed into one end of the bag. Lay on the board, cut through the bag about 1