Blistered Green Beans with Miso Butter

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A simple miso-infused butter turns a pile of fresh green beans into an umami bomb.

Blistered Green Beans with Miso Butter

These miso greens beans are so full of flavor, they are anything but boring! The recipe takes about 15 minutes to make and round out any Asian meal beautifully. The umami-ruch miso butter coats the lightly browned green beans and creates a kind of glaze that makes you kind of want to lick the plate.

You don’t need to use all that much miso to make a big impact in a dish, as these green beans prove. Serve them with rice instead, so you can get every last bit of the flavorful sauce without having to resort to plate-licking. Try pairing these with Asian Salmon, Yaki Udon, or Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs.

Blistered Green Beans with Miso Butter on a plate.

Blistered Green Beans with Miso Butter: A simple miso-infused butter turns a pile of fresh green beans into an umami bomb.

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Ingredients

  • Fresh lemon juice
  • White miso paste – This fermented soybean paste comes in a number of colors/flavors/strengths. Usually, the lighter the miso, the more delicate the flavor — but having said that, even the lightest miso packs a nice wallop in terms of flavor and saltiness and umami, which is known as the fifth taste.
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot sauce – I usually use Sriracha in my Asian cooking.
  • Butter – Use unsalted to control the amount of salt in this dish.
  • Haricot verts or green beans – You can use either thin haricot verts or fatter green beans. Do make sure that they are nice and fresh and crisp — when you are cooking green beans this way, with no water or much liquid to speak of, they won’t really get “refreshed” the way they would if they were simmered in water. So the tenderness really needs to come from the beans themselves, not the cooking liquid.
  • Garlic clove Finely minced garlic makes the dish pop.
Blistered Green Beans with Miso Butter in a pan.

Fresh Green Beans

  1. Make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, miso paste, soy sauce, and hot sauce until well blended.
  2. Cook the beans: In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the green beans and cook for a total of about 7 or 8 minutes, only flipping them a few times during the cooking process so that the beans get a nice bit of dark brown in spots where they are in contact with the pan.
  3. Sauce the beans: Stir in the garlic, and pour in the miso sauce. Flip the beans around in the miso until they are nicely coated with the sauce.
  4. Serve: Transfer to a plate and serve hot.
Two plates with mongolian beef and green beans with miso butter.

You can see these very attractive and flavorful beans here nestled alongside a plate of Mongolian Beef with white rice.

Variations

  • Try this recipe with Brussels sprouts or broccoli florets as well. Or sliced carrots! I think a lot of vegetables would be great this way.
  • Add some thinly sliced shallots along with the garlic.

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4.67 from 3 votes

Blistered Green Beans with Miso Butter

A simple miso-infused butter turns a pile of fresh green beans into an umami bomb.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 People
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Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Squirt of Sriracha or other hot sauce (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces haricot verts or green beans (trimmed)
  • 1 garlic clove (finely minced)

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, miso paste, soy sauce, and hot sauce until well blended.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the green beans and cook for a total of about 7 or 8 minutes, only flipping them a few times during the cooking process so that the beans get a nice bit of dark brown in spots where they are in contact with the pan. When they are cooked to your liking, and browned in a bunch of places, add the garlic, give everything a stir so that you can smell the garlic, and pour in the miso sauce. Flip the beans around in the miso until they are nicely coated with the sauce. Transfer to a plate and serve hot.

Notes

  • Try this recipe with Brussels sprouts or broccoli florets as well. Or sliced carrots! I think a lot of vegetables would be great this way.
  • Add some thinly sliced shallots along with the garlic.

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 575mg, Potassium: 207mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 849IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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3 Comments

  1. Carissa Ritchey says:

    Loved this recipe on the Thanksgiving table.
    Added a tiny squeeze of honey and would do so again. Next time I’ll skip the butter and use a high smoke-point neutral oil to blister the green beans bc I think the (brown) butter added a richness that wasn’t needed.

  2. Gill says:

    Really liked this recipe. It’s a keeper! The only adjustment I would make is to cut the miso in half. With the 2tbsp of miso and soy sauce, I found this to be too salty.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      thanks for the feedback, Gill!