Grilled Fresh Green Beans with Smoked Sesame Salt

, from Issue #76. January, 2018
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Grilled Fresh Green Beans with Smoked Sesame Salt

You need to cook the beans on a very hot, solid barbecue plate otherwise they’ll just fall through the bars of the grill. Serve them as a vegetable accompaniment or just as a snack while sitting round enjoying the summer sun.

Serves: 6–8


500 grams slim green beans, stem end trimmed
2 tablespoons plain or infused olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked sea salt
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
grind of black pepper or a pinch of chilli flakes


Preheat the barbecue plate until very hot.

Toss the beans with the oil, then place on the barbecue and cook for 2–3 minutes, tossing frequently until the skins start to blister in places. Taste and when cooked to your liking, transfer to a serving bowl.

Put the salt and sesame seeds in a bowl and crush together with the back of a spoon or use a mortar and pestle. Toss through the beans along with a good grind of pepper or chilli flakes. Serves 6–8.