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battered and fried green beans in a fryer basket

Fried Green Beans (Peixinhos da horta)

These fried green beans are simply delicious and was what the Portuguese introduced to the Japanese back in the 16th century and what they call tempura.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine portuguese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 301 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine



  • 1 pound green beans
  • 3 cups oil for frying
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. 1) Bring a saucepan with a cup of water and a teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add the beans to the pot of boiling water and cook until almost tender but still slightly crisp, about 2 minutes.
  2. 2) Remove the beans once done and transfer them to a bowl with cold water for about a minute. Once done, place them on paper towels to dry.
  3. 3) Now heat the oil in a deep fryer or a large saucepan to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. 4) Combine the flour, cup of water, eggs, baking powder, salt in a bowl and whisk until the batter reaches a smooth and even consistency.
  5. 5) One by one, dip the green beans in this batter and then immediately fry them in the fryer until golden brown. Once each one is done using tongs place them on paper towels to remove any excess oil.
  6. 6) Sprinkle the deep-fried green beans with salt and pepper to taste and serve once done.
Nutrition Facts
Fried Green Beans (Peixinhos da horta)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 332mg14%
Potassium 395mg11%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 13.9mg17%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.