Beer-Battered Green Beans with Tarragon Aioli


Still finding new ways to use up all my Farmer’s Market finds. I love green beans and always buy so many, I could eat them with every meal.

I made these up as a little pre-dinner appetizer and they disappeared. They were fantastic. The kids proclaimed they tasted just like French fries and gobbled them up.

The beansare crunchy and crisp and becausethey area vegetable, you feel a little less guilty popping them in your mouth!

They are so easy to make and you do not need a deep fryer, just use a heavy pot, it works great.

In a large bowl, whisk together the beer, flour, cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon salt, let rest for 10 minutes. For the aioli, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, tarragon, mustard and garlic with salt and pepper.

Submerge beans in ice water for minutes. Pat beans dry (this makes them extra-crisp).

In a large pot heat oil to 375o or when a drop of batter sizzles immediately and rises to the surface. Whisk the batter again, add the green beans and toss to coat. Working in 4 batches and using tongs, gently lower the beans into the oil. Fry, turning halfway through, until golden, about 3 minutes.

Let drain on paper towels and season with salt. Serve with aioli.

Beer-Battered Green Beanswith Tarragon Aioli
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2/3 cup beer
1/2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 cups vegetable oil
1 pound green beans, trimmed

In a large bowl, whisk together the beer, flour, cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon salt, let rest for 10 minutes. For the aioli, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, tarragon, mustard and garlic with salt and pepper.

Submerge beans in ice water for minutes. Pat beans dry (this makes them extra-crisp).

In a large pot heat oil to 375o or when a drop of batter sizzles immediately and rises to the surface. Whisk the batter again, add the green beans and toss to coat. Working in 4 batches and using tongs, gently lower the beans into the oil. Fry, turning halfway through, until golden, about 3 minutes. Let drain on paper towels and season with salt. Serve with aioli.

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27 Comments

  1. Diane 1

    I love beans! And I’ve got some London Gold beer that I’ve been testing so I suspect I’ll be giving this a go.
    I picked a handful of beans last night and threw them in with my curry for a couple of minutes right at the end of cooking. They were excellent! Crisp and juicy but smothered in sauce!
    Good hint about tongs for frying them too!

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  2. Amanda 2

    I never thought to deep fry green beans, looks great!

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  3. Great tip about the ice water! As soon as I saw the name of this recipe I started drooling. These look abolutely scrumptious and would impress adults as much as your boys I’ll bet.

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  4. KimberlyDi 4

    My SIL turned me onto a simple recipe using fresh green beans that everyone loves. You take a few pounds of fresh green beans with the ends snapped off, and simmer it in a pan with 1 stick of butter and 1.5 squares of Knorrs beef bullion. You simmer it, carefully stirring, for almost an hour. The beans should be wilted and coated with a heavenly brown butter sauce. It is divine. But not healthy.

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  5. I would eat my vegetables for sure if they were made like this!

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  6. Laura 6

    I could just eat a bowl of this for dinner and be happy.

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  7. Lisa H. 7

    Making these today!

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  8. Dawn 8

    Wow, heaven on a plate.

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  9. I LOVE battered green beans but hate frying anything because of the mess and smell…but THESE? These I WILL do because, YUMMMMM!

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  10. Cheryl 10

    Wow, a local restaurant used to have something similar and I loved them. I have never made aoli, I think I could manage!

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  11. Liz C. 11

    Oh. My. Gawd. Aside from the fact I’ve been having a love affair with Tarragon, I also love green beans & anything that’s fried. This sounds heavenly & I can’t wait to try it out tonight. Yup. This can’t wait.

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  12. Leslie 12

    I was just talking to Jeff last night about how I really wanted some fried green beans. We were at a little restaraunt here in Indianapolis a few months ago and they gave us a complementary plate of fried green beans.. yum!

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  13. Julie 13

    I adore green beans too, although I’ve never had them fried like this. They actually serve these in the cafeteria where I work, but I venture to guess yours are much better :)

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  14. Terry 14

    I could live on green beans when in season! Please, the aioli receipe too!

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  15. Mrs. L 15

    I just had something similar at PF Changs this past Sunday. Loved it and thought I should learn to make something like it. And then you go do all the work for me providing a recipe. Thank you!

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  16. J3nn 16

    I love string beans! That looks so flavorful.

    Jenn

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  17. Ani 17

    oh my! these look scrumptious!

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  18. Julia 18

    Great tip about soaking them in ice water!

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  19. Marjie 19

    Fried green beans! What will you think of next? And don’t you just love these country farmers??? Mine even delivers!!

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  20. Yum! I can just taste these. I got a Fry Daddy for my birthday. It’s just a little one, so it’s perfect for cooking up little snacks like this. Very inspiring.

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  21. These are the perfect appetizer! What a good way to use the abundant green beans from my CSA.

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  22. What a fantastic idea! Looks great!

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  23. These looks wickedly good!

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  24. Pam 24

    I’ve never had fried green beans before – I bet these were so tasty.

    On a side note:

    I am heading your way with two girlfriends to do wine tasting on the 31st. Are there any vineyards you would recommend us visiting? What restaurant to you recommend for a nice dinner?

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  25. Jules 25

    I made these green beans last night and they were fantastic. My husband and I ate them up without the dip. Thank you for the post, I had more green beans than I knew what to do with!

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  26. Jeannie 26

    okay, these sound fantastic. Think I will get some green beans and fry up a batch this weekend.

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  27. Meghan 27

    Hi Noble Pig,

    I wanted to ask if it would be possible to feature your recipe on CraftBeer.com?

    CraftBeer.com is a website of the Brewers Association, the national trade association for craft beer focused on educational resources for craft beer fans.

    I would create a post similar to this one and include your logo/bio/link: link to craftbeer.com

    Please let me know if this would be possible. Cheers!

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