After seeing this charring technique in Cooking Light it has become my go to for green beans. I love the way they wilt, but still retain some crunch, I also love the slight smokey flavor they hold on to. In this recipe that flavor is enhanced with my hairssa and topped with crunchy almonds. A perfect side dish hot or cold.

Duration: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Servings: 6-8


  • 2 pound green beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoon harissa, click here to make your own
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


1. Place green beans in a medium bowl; drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and black pepper and toss to coat.
2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or other large heavy skillet over high heat. Working in batches, cook beans, turning occasionally, until blistered and charred in places but still crisp-tender, 10-12 minutes.
3. Transfer to a large bowl; toss with harissa and almonds. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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