Orange-Dijon Haricots Verts

Orange-Dijon Haricots Verts with Crispy Shallots

Instead of green bean casserole on your Thanksgiving table, why not dress things up with these honey, orange and mustard glazed green beans? Orange Dijon Haricots Verts with Crispy Shallots (instead of those canned wannabes) is elevated and really delicious! Bonus, no cans of condensed soup were harmed in the making.

Thinly Sliced Shallots.

I know that I’m probably in the minority here, and I’m gonna get some blowback for this, but in my mind, there are two kinds of people in this world.  Those that eat green bean casserole and those that emphatically DON’T.  I’m in the latter camp.  

The idea of cream of mushroom soup and those fake onion-esque wannabes defiling beautiful fresh green beans is an affront to humanity.  

Frying Shallots.
Draining Shallots.

Too strong?  Maybe I should tone it down a little?  I know its a staple on many Thanksgiving tables, but for me, it wrinkles my nose. However, I love green beans and believe they absolutely belong on a holiday table.  

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Making sauce for Orange-Dijon Haricots Verts with Crispy Shallots

I dress mine up with fresh herbs, and a citrusy glaze made from orange juice, whole grain mustard and a hint of honey.

Haricots Verts
Pearl Onions.

And because I think pearl onions are festive — I add some of those as well.  Instead of fried onions from a can, I crown our veg with crispy shallots and a drizzle of that tangy sauce.  This dish is so good, it might even make a convert out of the casserole-loving crowds.

Combining ingredients in a saucepan.

The crispy shallots add a nice crunch and make these green beans really special and you’ll love the light orange glaze. These haricots verts have a bit of sweetness, but it’s not overpowering.

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Orange-Dijon Haricots Verts with Crispy Shallots

This deliciously different side dish can be prepped several hours ahead of time and warmed at the last minute.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword green beans, pearl onions
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 large shallots on a mandolin if you have it, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup canola oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound haricots verts french green beans, trimmed
  • 8 ounces pearl onions or use frozen pearl onions, thawed, blanched and skins removed
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves fresh chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • orange zest and fresh thyme leaves for garnish


  • Place the shallots and room temperature oil in a small saucepan together and set over medium-medium high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are a rich, golden brown. Transfer the shallots to a fine mesh sieve to drain, then rest on several paper towels to soak up any excess moisture. The shallots will crisp as they rest. If serving the dish later, prepare the shallots to this point and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  • Add salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Create a water bath in a large bowl with equal amounts ice and cold water (enough to submerge the beans) and set aside. When the water boils add the beans and cook for 3-5 minutes until crisp tender (Pull out a bean and bite into it to verify that it’s the right doneness). Use a pair of tongs to transfer the green beans to the ice bath to stop the cooking and preserve the bright green color. When beans are cold, transfer them to several paper towels to dry. If you’re serving the dish later, prep the beans to this point and refrigerate them. Wrap loosely with paper towels and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the orange dijon sauce

  • Over medium high heat, melt the butter in a heavy, medium-sized skillet and add the thyme leaves. Cook for 1-2 minutes until thyme is softened and fragrant. Stir in the orange juice, dijon and honey and cook until the sauce has been reduced by about half. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If serving later, prepare the sauce until this point until ready to use.

To assemble

  • Over medium heat, warm the sauce in a skillet, add the beans and onions to heat through. Toss to coat with the sauce. Transfer the beans and onions to a serving dish or platter, spoon any sauce over the top. Sprinkle the crispy shallots, orange zest and thyme leaves over the beans and serve.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 36.3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Omg! I’ve never had a canned soup casserole in australia. I’m with you, produce should be fresh and natural, especially for celebration meals such as Thanksgivng! Your recipe
    Looks amazing 🙂
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Ahaha! I love green bean casserole–it’s the only thing I’m willing to eat canned cream of mushroom soup in, BUT that’s definitely an only-on-Thanksgiving dish. This looks like something I’d happily eat all year round. I love all the flavors here, and those crispy shallots look amazing!

    1. I knew there’d be casserole lovers out there!

  3. I love it! I am not a fan of canned soup casseroles either, this is right up my alley

    1. So glad you like it Dahn! It’s a really nice change of pace for green beans!