recipe

Adding a tiny bit of sugar to your green beans helps encourage browning, which makes them more flavorful. (Don’t worry, it won’t make them taste like dessert!)

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the oven
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 35 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4

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Gather Cooking Equipment

Measuring spoons
Chef’s knife
Cutting board
Rimmed baking sheet
Aluminum foil
Oven mitts

Prepare Ingredients

1 pound
green beans
1 tablespoon
extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon
sugar
½ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper
Lemon wedges for serving
1
 

HEAT: Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 450 degrees.

 
2
 
1 pound
green beans

TRIM: Line up several green beans on cutting board and cut off tough ends. Repeat trimming remaining green beans in small batches.

 
3
 
1 tablespoon
extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon
sugar
½ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper

TOSS: On baking sheet, toss together green beans, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Spread green beans into even layer on baking sheet. Cover baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil.

 
4
 
Lemon wedges, for serving

ROAST: Roast for 10 minutes. Use oven mitts to remove foil, and roast (uncovered) until green beans are spotty brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.