Green Bean Fries

Green bean fries with ranch dressing

Green bean fries are a less starchy but equally fun and tasty alternative to potato fries. Using fresh slender green beans in season is the way to go, even though trimming them is a bit of work. Off season, use partially thawed whole baby green beans. These are tasty with our dairy-free ranch dressing, but they’re good on their own, too. Use as a snack, appetizer, or side dish. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Green Bean Fries
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Recipe type: Vegetable side dish or appetizer
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
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Serves: 3 to 4
 
Green bean fries are a less starchy but equally fun and tasty alternative to potato fries. Using fresh slender green beans in season is the best way to go.
Ingredients
  • 8 to 10 ounces fresh slender green beans, trimmed, or frozen whole baby green beans, partially thawed
  • 1½ tablespoons safflower or other high-heat oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2 tablespoons garbanzo flour, very fine cornmeal, or other whole-grain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend (such as Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip, optional
Instructions
  1. Put the green beans in a mixing bowl. Drizzle in the oil, and stir until the green beans are lightly and evenly coated.
  2. Sprinkle the garbanzo flour (or other flour of your choice) onto the green beans and stir well once again to distribute.
  3. Heat as little oil as you can get away with for to coat your particular skillet. You’ll need a wide skillet for this. When the skillet is nice and hot, add the green beans.
  4. Turn the heat up to almost high, and cook the green beans until lightly browned all over and slightly seared here and there, stirring frequently.
  5. Drizzle a little more oil into the pan only if the green beans start to stick.
  6. When the green beans are done to your liking, remove the pan from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and serve at once, on their own or with Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip (make the dip version in this case).

 

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2 comments on “Green Bean Fries

  1. lena

    French fries???!! close enough! can these be baked? I’d love to try them but hate the fuss of frying!!!

  2. Nava Post author

    Lena, I’m not sure if they’d crisp up enough, but it’s worth trying! If I do so, I will add the variation here.

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