Popped Beans with Herbs make a fantastic side dish. They're a super quick and easy dish that tastes great. Why popped? When you pan-fry them, they pop! Ready in 10 minutes with 5 ingredients.
Why you'll love this recipe
These pan-fried fresh Popped Beans with herbs are bursting with fresh flavour.
Pan-frying the beans gives them a lovely crispy texture that contrasts well with the soft inside.
Some of the beans sort of 'pop' when they crisp up and get extra tasty.
Then a huge handful of herbs freshens it up and adds loads of flavour.
A delicious side dish, salad or soup-topper.
You don't need many ingredients for Popped Beans!
Beans - I use butter beans (aka lima beans) as I love their almost potato-like texture, but you could try them with any white beans, chickpeas or other beans. Great Northern Beans or canellini beans work great, too.
Garlic - everything is better with garlic, right? If you're not a fan (whaaat???), then just leave it out.
Herbs - Use whatever fresh herbs you have to hand and it will be different every time. Tarragon, rosemary, thyme, parsley etc..
Oil - Use your favorite frying oil. Coconut works too for a totally different flavor of dish.
Salt and pepper
What is a soup topper?
It's easy to make soup extra special and personalised.
First, you definitely need to start with a really good soup that you love.
Then you can add all sorts of soup toppings to jazz it up and make the meal heartier!
Try these crispy pan-fried beans on my vividly green healthy vegan kale soup. The fragrant herbs and crispy beans would elevate these veg-packed tasty soups to a heartier meal and make them extra special.
Croutons are a great place to start, but if you get creative there are limitless possibilities. I love adding a protein, like these fresh herb beans (recipe below!) but you could also try everything from mushrooms to crispy onions.
Favourite soup toppings
Fresh herb popped beans
Sauteed garlic mushrooms
Be sure to also check out my roundup of 25+ Delicious Vegan Soup Recipes!
Side dish serving suggestions
But you can do much more with these sauteed beans than top soup with them!
I love them so much that I'd eat them cold as leftovers from the fridge.
Jamie Oliver has a popped beans recipe that he serves for brunch with baked eggs and tomatoes - that's a tasty way to enjoy them, too.
Try them as a healthy, protein-packed side dish with these recipes:
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Sauteed Popped Beans
- Frying pan
- 1 can white beans (400g / 15 oz can) I used butter beans/lima beans
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large handful roughly chopped mixed herbs such as parsley, coriander, thyme
- Drain and rinse the beans, then pat them dry with a tea towel.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the garlic and beans. Cook, stirring or tossing occasionally, for 5 minutes or until slightly crispy. Mix in the fresh herbs.
- Enjoy as a side dish or as a soup topping.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.