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Easy Haricots Verts Recipe (French Green Beans)

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If you are new to haricot vert, prepare to become obsessed! These French green beans are delicious, nutritious, and an incredibly versatile veggie side dish that you’ll find yourself making time and time again. You can leave them simply seasoned, or try some of the seasoning ideas below. Just like my frozen broccoli and air fryer broccoli and cauliflower, this side will go with everything from furikake salmon to crockpot chicken and gravy.

Bowl of sauteed haricots verts recipe

Estimated reading time: 7 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 – and super delicious!

Haricot Vert vs Green Beans – What’s the Difference?

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 veggie-averse)

What You’ll Love About Haricots 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
Bowl of sauteed haricots verts recipe


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
  • Season ideas – There are so many ways to season your recipes for French green beans, see the list below for a list of ideas.

How to Cook Haricot Vert

This is an overview on how to cook haricot vert, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Melt butter in saute pan. Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat until butter foams.
Saute haricots verts. Season with salt and cook haricots verts for a few minutes.
Haricot vert in a saute pan
Steam haricots verts. Add water to pan, cover, and adjust to low heat. Cook until tender crisp, or a little longer if you like them softer.
Taste test. Sample a green bean and adjust sea salt and black pepper if necessary.

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:

  • Minced garlic
  • Dried dill
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Seasoning salt
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic salt
  • Soy sauce + sesame oil
  • Lemon juice + flaky sea salt
  • Minced garlic cloves + flaky sea salt
  • Fresh herbs
  • High quality finishing vinegar
  • Simple vinaigrette
  • Ideas for how to season green beans


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

Other Methods of Cooking Haricots Verts

While I love this simple sautéing method, you can also boil them. Simply cook 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.

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 haricots verts?

The texture will change a bit, but yes, you can also freeze the haricots verts in an airtight container (glass storage containers and stasher bags work well) for 2-3 months.

White bowl with sauteed French green beans

What to Serve with Sauteed Haricot Verts

This versatile French green beans recipe is the perfect veggie side dish for so many main meals. Here are a few favorites:

How to Feed Haricot Vert Recipe to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend serving just one or even a small piece of the skinny green bean to youngest eaters or if it’s a food they are still learning-to-like. Don’t pressure them to eat or try, just model yourself enjoying them – which won’t be hard to do, because they are delicious!

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White bowl with sauteed French green beans

Easy Haricots Verts Recipe (French Green Beans)

  • 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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If you are new to haricots vert, prepare to become obsessed! These French green beans are delicious, nutritious, and an incredibly versatile veggie side dish.


  • 1 lb. haricot verts
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt (more to taste)


  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 of color.
  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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