Skillet Green Beans with Orange


  • 1 large navel orange
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Finely grate the zest of the orange, and set it aside.  Segment the orange (removing pulp and skin), and keep the sections and juice in a bowl.
  2. In large cast-iron skillet or saute pan, heat 2 tsp olive oil over high heat, swirling it around to coat the bottom thinly and evenly.  When the oil begins to smoke, add the beans (in batches if necessary – don’t crowd the pan) and scatter 1/2 tsp of the salt over them.  Cook, stirring only every 2 minutes, until the beans are half blistered and blackened – about 8 minutes.
  3. Transfer beans to serving platter or bowl.  Lift the orange segments out of their juice (reserve juice), and scatter them over beans.  Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of the orange zest over the beans and oranges.
  4. Add the vinegar, olive oil, and remaining 1/4 tsp salt to the bowl of orange juice, and whisk until thoroughly combined.  Pour the dressing over the beans.  Toss, and season to taste with salt, black pepper, and the remaining orange zest.

Source: The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern cookbook (Matt Lee and Ted Lee)


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