The tangy butter works perfectly with the green beans, really bringing out the flavours.

100g sugar snaps
100g snow peas
100g runner beans
100g flat beans
100g freshly shucked peas
1 lime (unwaxed)
4 sprigs thyme
30g butter
Salt & pepper
Toasted, flaked almonds

  1. Clean, trim and halve the various beans.
  2. Layer the beans onto the AEG perforated steam oven tray (supplied with selected models only) and add salt.
  3. Place the tray of beans, on shelf level 2, and cook on Steam setting 3 at 99°C for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Zest and juice the lime in a small bowl and cover with cling film.
  5. Pluck and snip the thyme, putting 2 sprigs aside for garnishing.
  6. Melt the butter and combine with the lime juice and zest.
  7. Toss the cooked beans together with the thyme, season with salt and pepper and pour the butter and lime mixture over the beans.
To serve

Mix well and serve, garnished with thyme and toasted, flaked almonds. 

Chef's Secret
It is very easy to convert this recipe into a complete meal: simply steam four fillets of fish (e.g. salmon or cod) in a buttered ovenproof dish on shelf level 1 while the beans cook on shelf level 2, and serve them on top of the beans.