Green Beans in Anchovy Sauce

    25 minutes

    This is a great side dish with a different flavour. It accompanies Italian pasta dishes very well and is very quick and easy to make.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 280g frozen cut green beans
    • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) water
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 3 anchovy fillets, oil reserved
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Place the green beans in a medium saucepan and mix in the garlic, water and lemon juice. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but crisp. Drain and transfer to a medium bowl.
    2. In a small bowl mash the anchovy fillets and about 1 tablespoon reserved oil. Toss into the bowl with the green beans. Season with pepper. Serve immediately.

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    so good! i sauteed the anchovy with the oil and butter first (b/c then the anchovy dissolves and your left with that great salty taste and no one complaining about eating little fish!). then i added water and beans and boiled - so good!!  -  22 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe sounds really good but I haven't made it yet. I'm writing to alert others who, like me, must watch their sodium, fat and/or caloric intake, that the nutritional information accompanying this recipe is deceptive. It breaks this recipe down into 4 servings; however, with only a 9oz package of green beans and nothing else to bulk it up, this dish will serve 2 at the most unless you serve really tiny portions. For those of us of who must watch our salt, fat and/or caloric intake, an accurate (and realistic) nutritional analysis is very important.  -  07 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These were really good! I had a bag of 'steamfresh' green beans, so I just cooked them in the microwave as directed on the package, and in a small pan, I sauteed the anchovies w/ the oil, the garlic and I also added about 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. I cooked that until the anchovies melted and then added the lemon juice. I tossed that with the green beans and seasoned them with black pepper. These were really great for something different and I'm glad I gave them a try. I will be making these again! Thanks for pposting.  -  19 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)