Sauteed Beans and Pearl Onions

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a fantastic veggie side dish.... wonderfu along a turkey, ham or roast. I always make this when I have a dinner party, it looks so impressive... Make sure that you don't over blanch the beans, as they will become soft when frying. Also, to save time, the beans can be prepared a day ahead, just wrap in a towel, enclose in plastic bag, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs green beans, trimmed
  • 2 (284 g) packages white pearl onions
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside.
  2. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook green beans, in 2 batches until firm-tender (about 3 minutes).
  3. With tongs, transfer to ice water, stir until beans are very cold.
  4. Remove immediately; pat dry.
  5. Place the pearl onions in a bowl.
  6. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 1 minute; drain and peel.
  7. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over med-high heat.
  8. Fry onions until golden in places (about 8 minutes).
  9. Add 2/3 cup water and garlic; cover, and simmer until onions are tender, and almost no liquid remains (about 10 minutes).
  10. Add beans, lemon juice, salt and pepper, tossing until beans are hot (about 5 minutes).
  11. Transfer to a serving platter.
  12. Note: If desired, drizzle melted butter on top of bean/onion platter before serving.


Most Helpful

I quartered the recipe, used red pearl onions and truly enjoyed this dish! I did cook a few minutes longer than called for. Thanks! Made for 123 Hit Wonders.

Sharon123 March 04, 2009

Delightful recipe Kittencal - We loved it. Easy to get ready ahead of time and then finishing it takes about 10 minutes. This is a do again recipe. I did not add the water just browned the onions then added the beans , garlic and served. The onions were hot through and still had some crunch.

Bergy February 23, 2009

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