Honeyed Cumin Pecan Green Beans

Honeyed Cumin Pecan Green Beans

3 March 2017

Honeyed Cumin Pecan Green Beans recipe from Episode 1 of ITV's 'The Secret Chef'
  • Recipe





Preparation Time

10 mins

Cooking Time

5-8 mins


Green beans

250 g

topped and tailed

chopped into thirds

Pecan nuts

150 g

chop roughly still leaving large pieces

Vegetable oil

6 tbsp

Cumin seeds

1 tbsp

Ground cumin

1 ½ tsp

Ground turmeric

¼ tsp

Chilli powder

¼ tsp


3 tbsp

Juice of ½ lemon



1Before service starts prep your green beans. In a large wok over a medium heat add 3 tbsp of vegetable oil and heat for 10 seconds, next add the green beans and cook for 6 - 8 minutes until completely soft and they have turned a nutty brown colour. Set aside ready for service,During service you will need to be working with two pans at once, one with your pecan nuts and the other with your green beans. Start steps 2 and 3 at the same time

2In a wok over a medium heat add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and heat for 10 seconds, next add your cumin seeds and cook for 10 - 20 seconds until they turn dark brown and fragrant, turn the heat down to low and add your green beans, ground cumin, ground turmeric, chilli powder and a big pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes, taking care not to burn

3At the same time In a medium-sized frying pan over a high heat, dry roast the pecan nuts for 3 - 4 minutes until they begin to brown, then reduce the heat to medium and add the honey and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is fully mixed, and continue to cook for 2 - 3 minutes until the nuts are fully coated and sticky, take care not to burn or let the honey catch. If this does start to happen reduce the heat and add a SAlash of cold water

4At this stage take the nuts and pour them into the wok with the green beans, tossing so that everything is fully combined. Add the juice of ½ a lemon and another big pinch of salt. Taste and check for more lemon or salt

5INDIVIDUAL PORTION INSTRUCTIONS: This recipe is a marinade for 8 chops. If serving a single portion eg. a table orders 1 x lamb chops then it is 2 lamb chops, a spoonful of the green chutney and a small handful of the green beans.