by Olena

Garlic Green Beans

Olena Osipov
5 from 4 votes

Garlic Green Beans not only taste incredible, but are super easy to make. Fresh green beans, butter/olive oil and garlic sauteed in a skillet make for the perfect healthy side dish year round or for your holiday table.

Looking for more easy to prepare, healthy side dishes for a weeknight or Holiday? I recommend healthy green bean casserole or roasted asparagus.

Garlic Green Beans

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic

These garlic green beans will change your perspective on green beans. They are perfectly cooked until firm and then seasoned with lots of garlic sauteed in butter or olive oil. So much flavor!

It is such a simple side dish recipe, takes only minutes to prep/make and yet, tastes so incredible.

Ingredients for Garlic Green Beans

  • Green beans: You can use fresh or frozen green beans. Sadly, green beans are on the dirty dozen list which means they are high in pesticides. For this reason, I don’t often buy them in winter unless I can find organic and only local in the summer. Washing helps to remove pesticides. So, wash well.
  • Garlic: Garlic is the all star ingredient in this recipe. And you know how much I love garlic!
  • Butter: I use butter, but you can also use olive oil. And don’t forget the salt and pepper.

How to Make Garlic Green Beans

There is a full recipe card below. 

  • Cook green beans: In a large preheated skillet, add green beans with 3 tbsp water. Cover and cook for 4 minutes. Beans should be “al dente”. If you are using frozen beans, cook on the skillet without water. After 3 minutes, check to see if they need more water or time to cook.hand pouring water into a skillet with green beans
  • Season sauteed green beans: After pushing the beans to one side of the skillet, add butter/olive oil and minced garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Sauteing garlic makes it more flavorful and less spicy.garlic, green beans and tongs in a skillet
  • Combine it all together.  Finally, mix green beans, garlic, salt and pepper together and cook for 30 more seconds. Serve warm. sauteed green beans with garlic in a grey skillet

Variations for Garlic Green Beans

There are so many ways to change up garlic green beans and add a different flavor. Here are some  of my favorite things to add:

  • Lemon: Squeeze fresh lemon over the sauteed green beans.
  • Parmesan cheese: Sprinkle 2 tbsp of freshly grated Parmesan cheese over beans.
  • Bacon: Cook up ~ 3 slices of diced bacon in a skillet. Stir into the sauteed green beans.
  • Almonds: 1/4 cup of skillet toasted slivered or sliced almonds is the perfect addition to this side dish.

Garlic Green Beans in a white bowl with towel and pepper jar on a table

How to Serve and Store Garlic Green Beans

For a regular dinner side dish, serve garlic green beans with:

Garlic green beans will also add a vibrant punch of colour to your Holiday table along with:

Store: Garlic green bean leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

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Garlic Green Beans {SO Easy!}

Garlic Green Beans not only taste incredible, but are super easy to make. Fresh green beans, butter/olive oil and garlic sauteed in a skillet make for the perfect healthy side dish year round or for your holiday table.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 6 (side dish)
Calories: 71kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs fresh string green beans ends trimmed*
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat.
  • Add green beans and 3 tbsp water.
  • Cover with lid and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and if there is any water left, cook green beans until water has evaporated.
  • Push beans to the side and add butter or olive oil and garlic. Cook for 30 seconds and then stir with green beans.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper; and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Serve warm.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Do not freeze.

    Notes

    *You can use frozen green beans:
    • Wash frozen beans well with cold water to remove dirt and pesticides. No need to thaw. Skip this step if you washed vegetables before freezing.
    • Then add to the skillet without water, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium-high heat. Frozen green beans will release their own water during cooking.
    • Check after to see if they need more water or more time to cook.
    Variations:
    • Lemon: Squeeze fresh lemon over the sauteed green beans.
    • Parmesan cheese: Sprinkle 2 tbsp of freshly grated Parmesan cheese over beans.
    • Bacon: Cook up ~ 3 slices of diced bacon in a skillet. Stir into the sauteed green beans.
    • Almonds: 1/4 cup of skillet toasted slivered or sliced almonds is the perfect addition to this side dish.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 899IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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    Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. 5 stars
      Made these today they have a light garlic garlicky flavor they were really superb! Thanks for all your hard work. P.s. my husband would like to know if you have a chicken wing recipe that could go in the instapot ??

    2. 5 stars
      My husband hates vegetables and especially green beans. He said now that he is a grown up he doesn’t have to eat them. Well, he was just diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and is more open to eating healthy. I made these green beans and he LOVED them! They will be a regular veggie side dish at our house. THANK YOU!

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