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Buttery Lemon Green Beans and Mushrooms are an easy vegetable side dish with the fresh, crisp flavor of white wine and citrus. This began as a family-favorite holiday recipe, but it is so quick and simple you can even enjoy it with a fast weeknight meal.
My family all used to live very close together, getting togethe ron a regular basis as well as for every holiday. Now that we live in different places and have very busy lives, we only get together for some of those special occasions or holidays. But wheever we do see each other, there is always a special meal involved.
Growing up, every Christmas Eve meant a pierogies and mashed potatoes carb fest. Along with a variety of Snickerdoodles and Snowballs and other cookies, for good measure.
But we did manage to sneak in some veggies, in the form of a side dish which we simply call green beans and mushrooms. Mushrooms sautéed with butter and onions, then mixed with steamed green beans.
So I thought I would “fancy it up” a bit with the addition of some light, citrusy white wine, and a little lemon and thyme.
Green Beans in Lemon Butter White Wine Sauce
The flavor of lemon white wine sauce is so refreshing, balancing and lightening the earthy flavor of the mushrooms. In fact, though this is a new twist on our Christmas Eve favorite, the lighter flavor means it can also pair well with spring and summer meals, as well. It is full of flavor, but with a crispness that keeps it from being too dominating.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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What You’ll Need
- Fresh green beans – washed and ends snapped off.
- Unsalted butter
- Onion – finely chopped
- Thyme – fresh or dried.
- Mushrooms – wiped clean and sliced.
- White wine – recommend Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio, though even a Moscato will work. Make sure it is something you would drink, not “cooking wine”.
- Lemon juice – freshly squeezed is recommended.
- Salt and pepper
- Steam green beans until slightly less done than you prefer.
- In a skillet, saute the onion and thyme in butter.
- Add the mushrooms and cook until soft.
- Pour in the white wine and lemon juice and reduce slightly.
- Add the green beans and toss to coat.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Make it a meal
Sunday chicken dinner
- Lemon Herb Slow Cooker Roast Chicken or Balsamic Oven Roasted Chicken
- Bacon Cheddar Mashed Potatoes or Bacon Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower
Grilled chicken dinner
- Greek beef kabobs
- Air fryer falafel
- White rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice
Weeknight beef dinner
More green bean recipes
- Creamy Skillet Green Beans and Mushrooms
- Cranberry Orange Glazed Green Beans
- Pineapple Green Beans with Pecans
- Balsamic Green Beans with Goat Cheese
- Green Beans with Bacon from Mom on Timeout
More vegetable side dish recipes
- Whipped Cauliflower Gratin
- Brown Butter Sauteed Summer Vegetables
- Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
- Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
Buttery Lemon White Wine Green Beans and Mushrooms
- 1 lb green beans, ends snapped off
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (half a stick)
- 1 small to medium onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 8 oz. mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
- Salt and pepper
- Place a steamer basket in a pot and add about an inch of water. Place the green beans o the basked and bring to a simmer.
- Steam the green beans until they are just slightly underdone, as per your preference. Set aside.
- In a large saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat, add the onion and thyme, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent.
- Add the mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are soft.
- Pour in the wine and lemon juice, allow to reduce for a minute or so, and then add the green beans, and stir to coat, coking until the green beans are heated through.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Looks awesome, and so easy.I was instantly drawn to the food, I am not sure what that says about me. The green been with white wine is a great combo..thanks for the info. Such an interesting flavor.
I always add lemon to my green beans and next time I’m going to follow suite with you and add a touch of white wine. Yum!
It does add a nice little flavor punch!
Love the lemon and wine combo. This would be a perfect side dish for any meal!
Simple and light…a perfect side dish!
These beans look absolutely delicious!!
What a wonderful way to make the green beans dish. I make something similar, but next time I’m using some wine as you suggest!!
Just a little wine adds so much!
Love the simple elegance of this!
I use lemon with white wine often so I’ll bet the moscato gives this an extra flavor kick, Brianne!
Lemon and white wine are great together, and the Moscato was surprisingly good in a savory dish!
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Wine sounds like the perfect addition to these green beans and mushrooms…I’d love this dish at my table anyday.
Wine is kinda perfect when added to many thing 😉
I want to make this…perfect side: simple, but very elegant! My mother is a very basic eater, so in my house? It was green beans seasoned with garlic salt…my Mom wouldn’t have even added mushrooms to the mix. My sister and I are still trying to figure out where our foodie souls came from :lol:!
I know! Maybe it is our version of rebellion? 😉
What a fabulous side dish for the Holidays! I am so glad you are part of the #SundaySupper Family. Enjoy those little cuties this Holiday Season.
Thanks Isabel! Have a wonderful holiday with your family!
I’m always looking for tasty new ways to serve up veggies while still being healthy too. This is perfect!
I know! Sometimes veggies are only changed up by adding cheese or cream. I like being able to add flavor and keep them light!
I’m always looking for new ways to cook green beans this is a great new dish for me to try!
And so simple, too!
Yum! I’m always looking for vegetable sid dishes and mushrooms and beans are two of my favorites!
Perfect green bean dish! I love the addition of mushrooms and wine…I think everyone at our table we eat this vege!
Definitely an easy and tasty way to dress up beans.
I love the addition of wine to such an easy side dish. We eat sauteed green beans a lot, nice to know how to fancy them up 🙂
We eat a lot of simply prepared veggies too, so sometimes it is nice to add a little something more.
What a delicious, elegant side dish! I can see this going with any holiday meal…beautiful!!!
Sometimes the simplest dishes are the most delicious and elegant.
Green beans are my absolute favorite bean. I will eat them any way and I can’t wait to try your recipe along with the alternate of using red wine for when serving with steak.
I kind of wish this roads weren’t so icy so I could pick up some beans to make the red wine version with the steak we are having tonight.
This sounds like the perfect side any time of year 🙂
Yes, it can definitely work anytime of year!