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  • Writer's pictureRhian Merritt

Smoky String Beans Recipe

Over the September long weekend, our family was visiting and we wanted to have a nice big meal. We ended up cooking ribs on the smoker, baked beans, mac and cheese, and a really tasty string bean recipe - yes that's two bean dishes in the same meal!

String beans are tasty no matter what, just boil them and add butter and I love them! But after taking it up a notch with this recipe, I am not sure I can go back to just butter. Besides the taste, I love how quick this recipe comes together and how it only uses one dish!

You can use any coloured beans you want! The ones pictured above are actually purple beans - but they turn green when you cook them (I've always been a little disappointed about that haha). So feel free to use green, purple, yellow, or a mix!

Let's get to it!

Smoky String Bean Recipe

Pre time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Servings: 6


1 lb of beans

5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 cup of water

1 tsp of smoked paprika

1 tbsp of olive oil

salt & pepper to taste


  1. Wash your beans and snap off the tips. Peel and slice your garlic thinly.

  2. Heat a frying pan and add water, bring to a boil.

  3. Add beans to the pan and cover them with a cover or a cookie sheet pan.

  4. Leave the beans to cook for 3 minutes. Remove the lid, the water should be almost gone.

  5. Add olive oil and garlic and mix together. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 2 mins.

  6. Remove from heat, add in the paprika, salt and pepper, mix together.

  7. Serve & enjoy!

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