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Charred Green Beans with Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds

November 4, 2019

The roasted flavour of the green beans with the pop of sweetness from the pomegranates will make these charred green beans with garlic and pomegranate seeds your new favorite! 

charred green beans with pomegranate seeds

A few weeks ago I had the chance to get away from the city for a few days to celebrate one of my friend’s birthdays. Besides having the best weather, the weekend was filled with wine-fuelled fun, amazing food and even better company.

We spent most of our time going between the cottage and the beach, eating and drinking and reflecting on how much things have changed for all of us. We also made some sweet tote bags, because you can never have enough tote bags…

While cooking dinner on the Saturday night one of my oldest friends, Mary asked us how we should cut the green beans. It didn’t occur to me until that moment that there was more than one way to cut them (for the record, I trim the edges on BOTH sides of the beans). Apparently some people are single-side trimmers and some don’t trim the green beans at all. Whatever floats your boat, I suppose!

Those green beans got me thinking all about the different paths my group of friends and I have taken. Most of us grew up together. We spent many years wearing sailor suits while rushing to the canteen to get our “shop cookies”. We learned all the moves to High School Musical and depending on my mood I might admit to having gone to the HSM concert.

We laughed, we cried, we prom’ed and celebrated making it through the middle and high school years together. And then for many of us, we parted ways. Our paths diverged and some of us trimmed one end, both ends or no ends at all. We’ve kept in touch, we’ve drifted apart and we’ve each established lives for ourselves that are incredible in their own unique ways.

But despite our divergent paths, when we come together it’s like not a day has passed. I guess green beans are still great no matter how you cut them. And now that I’ve officially gotten sentimental over charred green beans, let’s get to cooking them…

washed green beans

What Does it Mean to Char Vegetables?

Charring food is a method of cooking where food is placed over a grill or heat source (like a cast-iron skillet) so that the surface of it burns or chars slightly. This really helps elevate the flavor of food while adding a smokey taste. Oftentimes a grill or direct fire is used, however certain foods make this challenging. For green beans you’re able to achieve the same smokey charred flavor when cooking directly on the stove-top on very high heat.

How to Make Charred Green Beans

When it comes to charred green beans the answer is all in the technique.

  1. Make sure your pot or cooking dish (we like cast-iron) is super hot. This is essential. To test just pour a tiny bit of water into the pot and see if it sizzles. If you’ve got sizzle, you’re good-to-go
  2. Ensure the green beans are not overcrowded- cook in a single-layer if necessary
  3. Add the garlic at the end to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  4. Top with balsamic vinegar, cook briefly and then top with your pomegranate seeds

Once you’ve got this technique down you’ll have the best charred green beans in no time!

charred green beans in a cast-iron skillet


Charred Green Beans with Pomegranate Seeds

charred green beans on a plate
  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 lb green beans (ends trimmed if you like!)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Coat green beans in olive oil.
  2. Heat up a large pan on high heat
  3. Add green beans once a drop of water on the pan sizzles and evaporates immediately.
  4. Spread green beans out in a single layer and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Flip green beans and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Flip and repeat for one more minute.
  7. Lower heat to medium and add garlic. Cook green beans and garlic for 5 mins.
  8. Add in balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 more minute.
  9. Top green beans with pomegranate seeds and salt and pepper.

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  • Reply
    October 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    This is awful… but I totally use canned green beans when I make them. Don’t tell anyone.

    My friends are all pretty much like me… grew up similarly, in similar fields, enjoy the same things… it’s just going to be so rough leaving everyone. It’s been a lot of tears and getting emotional in person and via text the past week.

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    [email protected]
    October 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    You make green beans sexy.

    I love these pictures, and I can’t wait to get you drunk and here about your musical tastes. Self-professed musical wizard huh…I might have to call shenanigans.

    Oh and for the record, I trim my beans at both ends.

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Ha, I also cut my green beans on both ends. I’ve never made them with pomegranate seeds though!

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    [email protected]
    October 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I trim both ends!

    I’m still friends with a lot of my friends from high school but I only now see a few of my friends from college. I moved overseas right after graduation and I think this made keeping in touch with some people hard. But I’ve met a ton of new friends too!

  • Reply
    Kirtley @The Gist of Fit
    October 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Ahm, wow.
    Amazing pics, and seriously, who makes beans with pomegranate?! Very original, sounds awesome!!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    October 13, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Such a cayuuuute post! I’m usually too lazy to trim green beans, notgonnalie. LOVING your pics here! Pinned, tweeted, faceplanted, duh.

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