This easy recipe calls for fresh green beans and just 5 minutes under your oven’s broiler. Tossed with a garlic, chili, and caper oil, the blistered beans are irresistible! This is one of the simplest and most delicious ways to prepare fresh green beans.
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less if you are sensitive to heat)
1 tablespoon capers
1 lb. green beans, stemmed
kosher salt to taste
Heat the broiler to high for at least 15 minutes. Line a rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil.
In a small skillet, place 2 tablespoons of the oil, the garlic, crushed red pepper flakes (start with a quarter teaspoon if you are sensitive to heat), and capers. Turn the heat to low and let the oil slowly infuse.
Meanwhile, toss the green beans on the prepared sheet pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and kosher salt to taste. Taste a green bean raw — it should taste nicely seasoned. Transfer pan to broiler and cook 2 minutes. Check. If the beans aren’t beginning to char, return for another 1 to 2 minutes. If they are charring, toss, and return to the broiler for another 2 minutes. Check again. Remove from oven if the beans are blistered to your liking, otherwise, cook for another minute or so. (Note: When my broiler has preheated sufficiently, my beans consistently blister in 5 minutes, with one toss halfway through. Every oven is different, however, so be vigilant!)