Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

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Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots are our very favorite green bean recipe. They are easy to make, delicious, and healthy! Also, this fresh green bean side dish is ready in less than 20 minutes.

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Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots – A Family Favorite

This is one of the very first vegetable side dishes I learned to make in my early 20s. My (now) in-laws saw the recipe on Rachel Ray and made it for us (I can’t seem to find the exact recipe to link). Sean and I instantly fell in love with it’s simple yet satisfying flavor and have been making it ever since.

Other vegetable side dishes we love are Air Fryer CauliflowerHoney Roasted CarrotsRoasted Broccoli with GarlicRoasted Root VegetablesInstant Pot Artichokes with Creamy Chili Dipping Sauce, and Kid Friendly Roasted Cauliflower.

The recipe for green beans with caramelized shallots calls for just 5 ingredients (including salt and pepper). It really is a simple recipe you will want to make again and again. If you haven’t tried shallots before, they taste like a cross between garlic and a sweet onion. In a totally delicious, eat every last bit kind of way.

Pair this with Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Blooming Potatoes

White platter filled with green beans and caramelized shallots

Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Aileen Clark
A quick and easy fresh green bean recipe paired perfectly with mild and sweet caramelized shallots. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 88 kcal


  • 1 pound green beans washed and trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot diced
  • salt and pepper


  • Fill a pot with 1 inch of water and fit with a steamer basket. Bring water to a boil.
  • Add green beans to steamer basket and cover. Steam 6 minutes. 
  • Remove green beans from heat. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add shallots and green beans to heated olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until the shallots are golden brown. About 6 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers. 


Calories: 88kcal
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  1. I wish you had shown what shallots looks like and how to prepare and chop them (which parts of the shallots to chop and which parts to skip or discard) and in which direction to cut (slice across/diagonally/horizontal), etc. ?

    1. Hi Tamboliya! Shallots look like small oval shaped yellow onions. You peel the skin off like an onion and then dice up the whole thing. I will try and get some pictures of the process next time I make the dish. Thank you for the feedback.