Cedar planked green beans are so good I think I could actually just have them by themselves for dinner. That perfect crispy crunch. Fresh green bean flavor. A light hint of cedar flavor and aroma. And toasted nuts. This is my kind of grilled side dish. Easy to make, ready in not time, and absolutely delicious. The cedar planks add just a hint of smoke. A little something different than if I’d made these beans in a pan on the stovetop, and that’s all I was looking for!
You can easily change the flavor of your cedar planked green beans by changing the seasonings or using infused olive oil instead. I sometimes like to add a good pinch of red pepper flake for a bit of heat. Lemon-infused oil adds a great citrus flavor. You can’t mess these up. Just don’t overcook them.
Also try my cedar planked asparagus.
Cedar Planked Green Beans
- Soak a large cedar plank (or two smaller ones) in water for 30-60 minutes.
- Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with cold water and ice.
- Bring 4 quarts of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the beans and boil until 3-5 minutes or until bright green and crisp-tender.
- Immediately drain the beans and transfer to the ice water bath.
- Drain the beans well and spread out onto a kitchen towel or paper towels and pat dry.
- Transfer beans to a bowl. Add olive oil, nuts, and salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat.
- Fire up your grill for high-heat direct cooking. Place the plank over the fire and lightly char on both sides.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Add beans and nuts to plank.
- Cook 10-12 minutes or until the beans are done and just starting to brown on the edges.
Nutritional values are approximate.