Curious about purple beans? Find out how to prepare purple beans and how to serve them! Today’s guest post is from my friend Anna, who is a foodie like me!

purple beans

Farmers Markets. I love them. Even when they are busting with people and you just want to scream, “FIRE!”, so that the crowds will part and you can lazily stroll the stalls, touch all the fresh fruit and veg., and just dream up the recipes. But, creating mass chaos so that you can get the choicest of basil stems is not the best socially-minded action. Thus, I show decorum and just fuss at people under my breath.

quick and easy purple green beans

My local Farmers Market, South of the James, is open year-round, and it might be the Mrs. Yoder’s Donuts that keep me coming back rather than the abundance of beautiful organic produce, put to the public, it’s the beautiful organic produce. And maybe the country-style sausage biscuits. Maybe. On my last trip, I looked upon a sea of green beans and saw these amazing deep purple ones. My hand went straight for the deep purple hue. Because different is beautiful and also- eat the rainbow!

easy purple beans recipe

Earlier this year, I learned my favorite way to prepare green beans through one of those home delivery deals. The preparation is so simple, so quick and so stinking delicious that it has me chomping down a double (let’s face it- all of them) size portion into my mouth. While like Liz, I heart vegetables, sometimes I stuff myself on cheese and carbs and, Ack- meat. But, not with these green beans. And the ease and short time preparation make them a no brainer weeknight go-to for busy people who need a vegetable side dish. And if you have some leftover, they’d make a great addition to a salad, but who are we kidding? Leftovers. Pah!

How to Prepare Purple Beans

To prepare the beans, trim the end by using a sharp knife.

purple beans

Then, add the beans and oil to a heavy bottomed pot. Cook until the beans begin to turn green.

purple beans

Cook until the beans are tender. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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Quick and Easy Purple Green Beans

  • Author: Anna
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These quick and easy purple green beans are a delicious summer recipe!


Units Scale
  • 6 cups green beans
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. Wash your beans then snap the ends off of all the beans. You are taking off about 1/4-1/2 inch, depending on how long the skinny tails are. Discard the ends.
  2. Heat the olive oil and water a heavy bottom, large pan or dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the green beans. Stir to coat.
  4. Let them sit for 5 minutes or so. You should start to hear them pop.
  5. When you hear some popping, stir, then cover the pot and let them cook for 5-7 more minutes.
  6. Uncover, check doneness (the longer they cook, they less crisp they are).
  7. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  8. Serve warm and try not to eat all of them as you bring them to the table.


I’m so excited to share today’s guest post with you because Anna is a local blogger here in Richmond! She’s a food lover like me and she offered to share her recipe for quick and easy purple green beans! Please welcome Anna to the blog!


  • Calories: 85

Keywords: Purple green beans


*Who knew that purple green beans turn green when you cook them? I didn’t either. You learn something new every farmer’s market.

-Anna of Sugar and Sassafras

Looking for another green bean recipe? Try this one!

green beans on a plate

What’s your favorite vegetable to get at the farmer’s market?