Easy Buttered Green Beans and Carrot Sticks

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 2 mins

This is easy to make and the perfect veggie side dish to compliment your holiday table, and the combination of colours is very pretty! This recipe will serve around 6-8 people but it can be doubled. The beans and carrot sticks can be boiled hours in advance, just leave them in the ice water in the fridge until ready to saute in butter. I most always sprinkle with sliced toasted almonds, or even peanuts when serving this at my table, but that is optional.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs green beans, ends trimmed
  • 10 ounces carrots, peeled (cut into matchstick strips)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 -3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Cook the green beans in a pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender (about 5-6 minutes).
  2. Transfer beans to a bowl of ice water using a slotted spoon (do not discard the water).
  3. Boil the carrot sticks in the same water until crisp-tender (about 1 minute) then transfer to the same bowl of ice water with the beans.
  4. Place the beans and carrots on a paper towel and pat them dry.
  5. Up to this point you can refrigerate until ready to saute them.
  6. In a large skillet or a medium pot melt the butter with oil.
  7. Add in the beans and carrot sticks; toss until hot (about 2 minutes).
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Transfer to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with nuts if desired.
  10. Delicious!


Most Helpful

Simple yet yummy side dish. I used a pound of frozen green beans and a bag of matchstick carrots. I cooked the veggies in the microwave and then sauted them. I only used 3 tablespoons of butter and no olive oil, then seasoned them. I didn't add the optional nuts as my family isn't fond of nuts in their veggies. Quick and easy!

bmcnichol December 05, 2008

My family only gave this recipe 4 stars, but I had to give it a 5, because it was my fault. I LOVE nuts in my food, and toasted a few almonds to add to the dish as the optional nuts. No one else in my family likes nuts in food. So my DH and 2 sons complained about it. Next time I will make it without the optional nuts, and I'm SURE I'll get a better response. Simple, honest, healthy, delicious food. Thanks again Kitten!

ColCadsMom January 11, 2008

This is a nice and easy recipe to put together. I like the fact that I could do the blanching ahead and just quickly saute the veggies for a couple of minutes after the rest of the meal was ready to put on the table. Tasty and simple. I didn't put nuts in because my family doesn't generally care for them (although I do). This time I humored them. One note: I used store-bought "shredded" carrots, which are really matchstick cut, but very, very thin. They did get lost in the green beans. Next time I will cut the carrots myself. It would probably work better to have them cut approximately as thick as the green beans, although they might have to blanch longer than 1 minute in that case.

MathMom.calif June 27, 2007

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