Runner Beans and Shallot Butter recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Runner beans are tossed in a sweet and rich shallot butter, made using shallots, butter, sugar and white wine vinegar. A fantastic side dish alongside a rich gravy dish.


  • 500g runner beans, trimmed, sliced
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 large shallots
  • 1 tsp. caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar


  1. Thinly slice the shallots. Melt the oil and butter together in a frying pan and add the shallots. Fry gently for 8-10 minutes or until softened and golden. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and add the beans. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender, then drain.

  2. Turn the heat up under the shallots and add the sugar and vinegar. Cook over a high heat for 2-3 minutes, then add the drained beans and toss to combine all ingredients.

Season the beans before serving with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Recipe serves 4 as a side.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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