Runner beans with shallot butter

Runner beans with shallot butter

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(7 ratings)

Takes 15-20 minutes


Serves 6

A special twist to the under-rated fresh flavoured runner bean - serve with 'A good steak and kidney pie'

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal70
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein1g
  • salt0g
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  • 500g English runner beans
    Runner bean

    Runner bean

    Run-ner beens

    Runner beans have been growing in South America for over 2000 years, and are a popular garden…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large shallots or 1 banana shallot (the long type shaped like a banana), sliced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar


  1. Top, tail and remove the strings from the runner beans, then cut them diagonally into elongated diamond shapes.

  2. Melt the butter with the oil in a medium-sized frying pan over a low to medium heat. Tip in the shallots and fry them gently for about 8 minutes, or until soft and very slightly coloured. Stir occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the beans for 3- 4 minutes until just tender. Drain well.

  4. Turn up the heat under the frying pan and add the sugar and vinegar to the shallots. Stir well and then leave to bubble for 1 minute. Toss the beans and the buttery shallots together, either in the frying pan or saucepan, depending on size. Serve in a warmed dish.

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24th Aug, 2018
Delicious summer side with roast chicken.
mrfrankowski's picture
7th May, 2013
Really good companion to Sunday roast. Tried yesterday and it's been a winner. I think it may work well with green beans, too.
6th Nov, 2010
A delicious side dish, and with a bread roll and some good butter, not a bad snack either.
28th Sep, 2008
A really easy and tasty way to serve runner beans.Will be doing this one again!
4th Nov, 2007
Always useful to have an alternative to use this vegetable
8th Sep, 2019
How are the shallots supposed to be prepared before cooking? I guessed, peeled them and sliced them quite thickly..
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Sep, 2019
Thanks for pointing this out. We have now added this information to the recipe, they should be sliced.
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