Easy Mustard Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

A delicious and easy mustard beans recipe with lemon and garlic! This is a healthy green bean side dish you can make in 10 to 15 minutes, for your grilled steak, chicken or fish.

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You’ll love this easy mustard beans recipe

This is a simple recipe for a green bean side dish flavored with wholegrain mustard, garlic and lemon that takes less than 10 minutes to make. It happens to be vegan, too.

These mustard green beans are one of my favorite side dish recipes because it ticks all the boxes:

  • quick and easy
  • budget-friendly
  • super healthy
  • suitable to feed a crowd

How to cook green beans

(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)

I’ve tried recipes that cook green beans as a whole, they LOOK great but the flavors are superficial.

The solution here is to cut the green beans into equal-sized pieces. More surface area exposed to the dressing= more flavor absorbed. If you have been following my blog, you will know that I’m quite obsessed with flavors being absorbed thoroughly. That’s the reason I thinly slice chicken breasts before seasoning and baking in the recipe for baked chicken breasts.

There are 3 easy ways to cook green beans:

BOIL: Place chopped green beans in salted water (again, for better flavor) and set it to boil in a covered pan. As soon as it starts boiling, remove it from heat and drain.

STEAM: Toss the chopped green beans with a little salt and steam them in a steamer for 5 minutes.

SAUTE: Saute chopped beans with salt in 1/2 a teaspoon of oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water, cover and cook for 5 to 8 more minutes until done.

Prepare the simple garlic mustard dressing while the beans are cooking and toss with the cooked beans.

Mustard Dressing for green beans


  • wholegrain mustard- gives you a delicious nutty flavor and interesting texture.
  • minced garlic- to complement the mustard
  • chili flakes for that spicy kick
  • lemon juice and zest for the tang
  • extra virgin olive oil that brings it all together

A quick tip: Add more olive oil and honey to this no-sugar mustard dressing and use it on your favorite salads!

Mix all ingredients for the dressing and add to the cooked beans while still warm. Done!

Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and serve immediately. So HEALTHY, so TASTY!


This mustard beans with garlic is a basic recipe. It can be customized to add your favorite flavors:

  • Roasted and slivered almonds
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Chopped fresh parsley, oregano or basil
  • Sliced and sauteed shallots.
  • Crushed spices like peppercorns, cumin or coriander seeds.
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What pairs well with mustard green beans

These garlic green beans taste great with sheet pan chicken legs and potatoes. They also pair well with

Baked chicken breasts

Baked cod with Panko crumbs

Baked lemon mustard fish

Citrus marinated salmon

Lemon garlic quinoa for a low-carb vegan meal.

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Easy Mustard Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon

Delicious and easy mustard green beans with lemon and garlic! This is a healthy green bean side dish you can make in 10 to 15 minutes.
Author: Sheeba
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, International
Servings 4 people
Calories 73 kcal


  • 400 grams Green beans (14 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin


Cook the French beans

  • Chop the green beans into 2 or 3 equal pieces each. Place in a wide pan and add water with 1/2 teaspoon salt to cover the beans. Cover with a lid and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, remove from heat and drain.

Prepare the dressing

  • Mix together wholegrain mustard, minced garlic, chili flakes, lemon juice and zest, olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss with the drained beans. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Chopping the green beans allows the mustard dressing to be absorbed well.
  • Boil the beans in salted water to enhance the flavor.
  • Toasted slivered almonds can be sprinkled before serving.
Easy Mustard Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

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