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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 301kcal
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) 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) 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) Now heat the oil in a deep fryer or a large saucepan to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 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) 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) Sprinkle the deep-fried green beans with salt and pepper to taste and serve once done.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2.7mg