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Summer corn and green beans in a pan.

Summer Corn + Green Beans with Herb Butter

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: side
  • Method: sautéed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This simple summer side dish of corn and green beans with herb butter is so easy to make and is perfect for serving up alongside your favorite summertime meals! Fresh, sweet corn and in-season green beans come together with plenty of butter and a shower of fresh herbs in my all time favorite summer side. 


  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans, any variety (yellow wax beans and haricot verts are lovely!)
  • 4 ears fresh corn, shucked
  • 5 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted is fine)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup various fresh herbs, finely chopped, such as basil, chives, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, chervil, marjoram and parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil, then add a generous amount of salt. Drop in the green beans and cook until they’re tender-crisp, about 2 minutes, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Remove once totally cooled, then drain and set aside.
  2. Place the corn in the boiling water, then turn off the heat, and cook for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water, and remove once they’re cool enough to handle. Place a small bowl upside down in a large bowl, and prop a corn cob on top. Run your knife down the side of the cob to remove the kernels, then repeat with the remaining cobs.
  3. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan, then add the corn and green beans. Season with salt and pepper, then toss the vegetables around until just warmed through. You don’t need to cook them to death. Right before serving, sprinkle 3/4 of the herbs over the vegetables, then toss to evenly incorporate. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Transfer to a serving platter, or serve them right out of the pan. Garnish with the remaining herbs. Serve.


  • This is a very forgiving recipe. You can easily up the amount of corn or green beans as you wish, and adjust the amount of butter to your taste. You can add one fresh herb, or all of the ones listed. More herb variety will give you the best flavor, but it will still be good with even just one.

Keywords: summer, corn, green beans, side, easy, herbs, butter