Sometime last summer, I was suffering from serious green bean burnout. We don’t have a vegetable steamer basket, and a girl can only eat so many raw green beans. I was getting desperate. So, of course, I turned to the internet.
A quick search yielded a simple yet enticing recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Of course Ree would have the answer! She’s good in a pinch like that. Her recipe is simple: butter, beans, and soy sauce.
I kept making the green beans like that, usually substituting oil for the butter, until a happy accident happened one day. Hubs’ little brother was visiting us, and I forget what hubs was grilling. Whatever it was, it called for onion powder. And our onion powder was all clumped.
Hubs tried to dry out the onion powder by toasting it in our cast iron skillet, and I honestly can’t remember if it worked or not. It did, however, leave a bunch of onion powder residue in the skillet that coated the green beans when I made Ree’s green beans. Guys…this was magical. The onion powder took these green beans to a whole new level.
I included onion powder every time I made these easy skillet green beans after that. Sometimes I get fancy and add mushrooms…usually when they’re on sale at Aldi. Especially if they’re *already sliced* and on sale at Aldi. Cleaned, pre-sliced mushrooms are the best thing since sliced bread, don’t you think?
But don’t take my word for it. Whip up a batch of these easy skillet green beans for yourself since they take all of a couple minutes. Your taste buds will thank you for giving them a little excitement!
- 1 tablespoon(ish) olive oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms, any type
- 1 pound green beans, trimmed and washed
- ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Add in a medium splash of olive oil, about a tablespoon or so. Add the mushrooms and stir occasionally for a few minutes, until they've lost some of their liquid and have shrunk. Caramelization isn't a bad thing here.
- Once the mushrooms are cooked to your desired level of done-ness, add in the green beans. If you're using a cast iron skillet, you can turn the heat up to high to blister the green beans. Cook until they are softened slightly.
- Sprinkle in the onion powder, and toss to coat evenly.
- Stir in the soy sauce, coating the mushrooms and beans evenly.