Yellow Beans with Lemon and Thyme

Yellow Beans with Lemon and Thyme make a great vegetable side.

I found the most beautiful yellow string beans at the Farmer’s Market. They were perfect – unblemished and crisp.

I have to say that string beans green or yellow have looked rather dodgy the past few months in my regular supermarkets. I am not sure why but of late they look withered and blemished.

So I was so happy when I found fresh ones at the market.

I served the as a bed for Champagne Roasted Argentinian Shrimp. They were a perfect combination. There is thyme in both dishes and the buttery Champagne sauce that drizzled down into the beans was absolutely delicious.

Argentinian shrimp roasted with champagne sauce on a bed of yellow string beans.

The shrimp and beans make a great and easy menu for entertaining. The beans alone make a great side with anything where a touch of lemon and thyme would be a welcome addition.

Yellow Beans with Lemon and Thyme

A savoury vegetable side.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 17 mins
Total Time: 32 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 24 oz Yellow string beans tips trimmed
  • 2 Tbsps butter
  • 2 tsps fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest


  • Wash and trim beans.
  • Heat water in the bottom of a steamer or bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add beans. Steam 9-12 minutes or boil about 9 minutes.
  • Beans will be tender crisp. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Can be done up to a day ahead. Allow beans to drain and refrigerate.
  • Heat oil, thyme and lemon in a large skillet. Add the beans and saute over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 931IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
Yellow Beans with Lemon and Thyme

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