Blistered Green Beans with Tahini

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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2 tablespoons tahini

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus more for topping, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 pounds green beans, trimmed and halved

4 teaspoons chopped garlic (about 4 cloves)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Make the tahini sauce: Whisk 2 tablespoons warm water, the tahini, lemon zest and lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl until smooth. (It will look curdled and broken at first but keep whisking.)
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half of the green beans and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start browning, 6 minutes. Increase the heat to medium high and cook until wrinkled and blistered in spots, 4 to 6 more minutes. Add 2 teaspoons garlic, 1/2 teaspoon each rosemary and salt and cook, stirring, until the garlic is golden, 1 minute. Transfer the green beans to a platter; wipe out the pan and repeat with the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, green beans, garlic, rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Before serving, drizzle the green beans with the tahini sauce. Sprinkle with the parsley and grate some more lemon zest on top. 
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