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Crispy Fried Green Beans with Dijon Honey Mustard Sauce

This week Mister, friend and I attended our first trivia night at T.G.I.Friday’s.  Hopes of winning any prize were low.  The “Triple Trouble” team could barely keep up with the regulars.  We were doomed – or so we thought.  We distracted ourselves with food and drink while we guessed majority of the questions.  Little did we know that things were about to change.

To our surprise, the final trivia topic was just what every nerd hopes for – a video game round.  We answered the bonus question (What is the street address of the Simpsons?) and the video game speed round (name these consoles) correctly and the rest was history.   We won one for all the nerds in the world that night.

During our quizzical roller-coaster ride, we gorged ourselves silly on half priced appetizers.  These green beans were one of our favorites.  I was inspired to make them at home.

Making these were more challenging than I had originally thought but like the trivia game, I was in it to win it!

Trial 1:  Coat with corn starch, fry, eat.
Result:  The green beans did not have any batter on them.
Trial 2:  Coat with wet batter, fry, eat.
Result:  The green beans were raw, but the batter was pretty dern tasty.
Trial 3:  Flash fry the green beans, coat with wet batter, fry again and eat.
Result:  Bingo!

Flash frying the green beans first worked the best.  The beans were fully cooked and the batter stuck to the beans.  Then the second fry created the perfect batter.  We have a winner!

I didn’t have any fun sauces laying around so I made a Dijon honey mustard by mixing them together in equal parts.  Muy yum.

Crispy Fried Green Beans with Dijon Honey Mustard Sauce

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: Serves 4-6

Crispy Fried Green Beans with Dijon Honey Mustard Sauce


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed off
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Rinse, trim and dry the green beans on a paper towel. Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat (should be around 375 degrees F).
  2. In the mean time, combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add water until the consistency is batter-like (not too thick and not too runny). You will probably have to use your fingers for this.
  3. Once the oil is hot enough, add your green beans and stir them in the hot oil for a spell. Remove them once they are wrinkly, about 30 seconds. Allow the beans to cool, then batter them and let the excess drip off the bean. Fry the beans by placing them in the oil one at a time. Fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Do these in batches. Allow the fried beans to dry for a minute on a paper towel, then serve with your favorite sauce (I mixed dijon mustard and honey 50:50 for my sauce).


Wet corn starch is an extremely freaky substance, we used to call this "Oobleck" in elementary school.

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