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Easiest Recipe for Haricots Verts

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When I say easy, I mean easy! This recipe for haricots verts (French green beans) is on the table in just 10 minutes, and made with just TWO ingredients. Sautéed haricots verts are the perfect side for panko baked salmon or grilled chicken drumsticks…you can leave them simply seasoned, or try one of my flavor combos below to add more flavor. I love it when healthy recipes are simple, easy, and delicious too! It’s a wonderful way to eat, isn’t it?

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

What Are Haricot Verts?

Merriam Webster defines haricot vert as a thin green bean. They are slightly different than the typical American green bean varieties.

What’s the Difference Between a Haricot Vert and a Green Bean?

Haricots verts ARE different from regular green beans and I’ll tell you how they compare. Haricot vert are:

  • thinner and longer in shape
  • stem ends don’t have to be trimmed (this makes them quick and easy!)
  • cook in less time
  • have a little milder flavor (which may help the veggie-averse)
Bowl of sauteed haricots verts recipe

What You’ll Love About Haricot Verts

  • Delicious and mild in flavor
  • Thin and tender
  • Super easy side dish
  • 10 minute side dish
  • Versatile – you can use any seasoning you like
  • Easy to find at grocery store or farmers market

Sautéed Haricot Verts Ingredients

You don’t need much to make sautéed haricot verts, just 3 simple ingredients:

  • Haricots verts – Look for fresh green beans that don’t have any browning or rotting on the ends. You’ll need 1 pound haricots verts.
  • Butter – The flavor is preferable, but you can also use olive oil. Use unsalted butter or salted as we’ll season with salt to taste.
  • Sea salt
Washed haricots verts

How to Make Sautéed Haricot Verts

Let’s get to the important part – how to cook haricots verts! This simple recipe comes together with just two simple ingredients and is ready in 10 minutes, which makes it a great side for any dinner…or dinner tonight!

  • Melt butter in saute pan. Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat until butter foams.
Sauteed haricots verts in saute pan
  • Saute haricots verts. Season with salt and cook haricots verts for 3 minutes.
Seasoning the recipe for haricots verts with sea salt

TIP: If adding any other seasoning, do so now. (See below for ideas.)

  • Steam haricots verts. Add water to pan, cover, and adjust to low heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes for tender crisp, 5-6 minutes for softer haricots verts.
Steaming haricots verts in pan
Sauteed haricots verts recipe in pan

Frequently Asked Questions

What is haricot verts in english?

It’s very simple, haricot is bean and vert is green…green beans!

How to pronounce haricot verts?

If French doesn’t come naturally to you (like myself!), this is how to pronounce haricots verts: är-ē-kō-ˈver

Storage Instructions

Store the leftover sautéed haricots verts in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the microwave or a hot skillet until heated through.

Can you freeze this haricots verts recipe?

Yes, you can also freeze the haricots verts in an airtight container (glass storage containers and stasher bags work well) for 2-3 months.

Haricots Verts Recipe Seasoning Ideas

This recipe for haricots verts is BASIC, but it’s also a blank canvas for adding your own seasoning flair. Here are some great additions to get you started:

Other Methods of Cooking Haricots Verts

While I love this simple sautéing method, many recipes call for cooking the beans in boiling water, removing with a slotted spoon, and plunged into a large bowl of ice water (an ice bath) to stop the cooking.

Another option is to lightly steam them with a steamer basket set above a few inches of water.

What to Serve with Sautéed Haricot Verts

Serve up this haricots verts recipe with a main dish for a complete meal:

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If you like this recipe for haricot verts (French beans), you might also like some of these other easy recipes:

Helpful Tools to Make Sautéed Haricot Verts

  • Stainless Steel Saute Pan – This one is great for stir fries and veggies because the tall sides prevent anything from getting lost over the sides.
  • Flaky Sea Salt – This adds great flavor to this recipe for haricot verts. Use as a finishing salt.
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Easiest Recipe for Haricot Verts

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Truly the EASIEST recipe for haricots verts! This sautéed haricots verts recipe takes just 2 ingredients + is on the table in 10 min.


  • 1 lb. haricot verts
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt


  1. Melt butter in large pan over medium high heat. When it sizzles, add in the haricot verts.
  2. Cook for 3 minutes, mostly undisturbed. Let them get a bit dark.
  3. Season with salt and add 1/3 cup water to pan and cover.
  4. Turn down heat to medium low and cook for 3-4 minutes for tender crisp, 5-6 minutes if you want them softer.
  5. Remove cover and cook until all liquid has evaporated. Add more salt to taste if desired. 


  • See seasoning suggestions above. 

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