Prepare Butter Beans Recipe with Step by Step Photos

Here I show you my recipe for Butter Beans. The green beans prepared with butter are a popular side dish for various main courses.

In this article I show you an insider tip from the world of star gastronomy. It also includes information and tips on how to keep the beans green. I have documented the preparation for you step by step with photos.

Have fun reading and good luck!

Raw beans in a pot. You can chop the beans before or after cooking. Small beans will take on more flavour later.  © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. Preparing Butter Beans short Overview…

  • After removing the ends, cook the beans in boiling salted water until al dente and then in ice water.
  • The green colour of the bean is retained by the rapid cooling.
  • Foam the butter in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Then lightly brown and pass through a fine sieve. You need a stainless steel hair sieve because the butter is very hot.
  • The browned butter is also called nut butter and is preferred in star restaurants.
  • Nut butter makes a special dish out of your beans!
  • Just before serving, swivel the blanched beans in the nut butter and heat them up.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Butter beans are an evergreen side dish and go well with various dishes such as German pot roast, roast lamb and steak.

Bacon Beans are an equally popular side dish, I’ll show you the preparation elsewhere! © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

2. Butter Bean Recipe

Below you will find step-by-step photo instructions and supplementary tips.

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5 from 19 votes
5 from 19 votes
Beans with Butter Recipe
Butter beans recipe with step by step photos and many tips from professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Glutenfreie Rezepte
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 200 g green beans
  • 1 tsp salt I use Himalayan salt
  • 3 pinches black pepper
  • 50 g Butter
  • Wash and dry the beans and cut off the ends.
  • Prepare the beans for blanching. Place a pot of water on top and bring to the boil. Season the water with salt.
  • Place the beans in the boiling water and blanch until al dente.
  • Then cool the cooked beans in cold water. Water with ice cubes is ideal. Place the beans on a sieve to drain.
  • Foam the butter in a saucepan. I always do this with two packets of butter, so I have pure butterfat or ghee or browned nut butter in stock.
  • Pass the browned butter through a stainless steel hair sieve and make ready.
  • Heat the prepared, blanched and cooled beans in the nut butter shortly before serving, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the butter beans and serve quickly. Enjoy your meal!
The preparation of homemade nut butter should be done every two weeks. I then fill my homemade, tanned ghee into a screw glass and put the clarified butter in the fridge. So I always have the delicious fat at hand.

3. Butter Beans Calories, the nutritional values at a glance

Nutrition Facts
Beans with Butter Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 781mg34%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4. Matching recipes

You can find my recipe for bacon beans elsewhere.
Side salads:
Bean salad
Potato Salad Recipes
tomato salad
Butter beans go with it:
Steak with beans
roast lamb
knuckles of lamb

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Author: Thomas Sixt

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