Here come the beans!!! Is your garden suddenly overflowing with green beans? They seem to appear overnight but oh, what a welcome sight. There is nothing like a fresh-picked green bean from the garden and one the best ways to cook them in the summer is on the grill. It gives the beans that wonderful smoky flavor while still retaining the gorgeous taste of a green bean. It’s also a very healthy way to prepare them. In fact, many vegetables can be grilled and it’s so easy it really doesn’t even require a recipe. But here’s the basic idea — then you can get as fancy or creative as you like.
Also, if you don’t already have one, make an investment in a Grilling Basket. They’re not very expensive and they make grilling vegetables SO EASY!
- 1 lb fresh green beans* (washed & stem ends picked)
- 1-2 TBL olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoons of kosher or coarse sea salt (to taste)
- 2 garlic cloves finely minced
- Finely chopped fresh herbs like tarragon, basil, thyme, parsley or rosemary
- Zest of 1 lemon (save the juice)
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Cumin Seeds (ground with mortar and pestle)
* you can also use asparagus, onions, zucchini, eggplant, sliced potatoes (sweet or white) in the same way. Just toss with olive oil or to add an Asian flavor, mix in little sesame oil in with the olive oil.
1. Preheat the grill. If you’re using charcoal you can grill items that take longer to cook while you’re waiting for the coals to get medium hot.
2. Put the beans in a large bowl and pour the olive oil in your hands. Using your hands, toss the beans until they are well-coated. Sprinkle the salt and/or other optional ingredients over the beans and then toss again to evenly distribute.
3. Put the basket on the grill and preheat for a minute or so. Pour the green beans into the basket and grill them until they begin to brown. Use long handled tongs to toss and eventually remove to a plate. (Don’t forget to use oven mitts when you remove the basket)
4. Once plated you can use a micro-planer to add lemon zest or even a little lemon juice.
How easy is that?!