Garlicky Green Beans

These are not the green beans from your childhood.

Garlicky Green Beans

Growing up, I did not like green beans. At all.

I had a bad experience with canned green beans. First of all, they didn’t even look green. The canned ones come out this dark greenish brownish color. Not appetizing. And when you bite in to them, you would hear a “squish” and not a “snap”.

Bad. Just bad.

Garlicky Green Beans

Frozen green beans were better, but still not great. The color problem was fixed, at least they were green. But still too “squishy”.

Garlicky Green Beans

After a too salty green bean casserole one Thanksgiving I was ready to swear off green beans for good.


Garlicky Green Beans

Momma cooked this skeptic girl fresh green beans with a whole new approach. Quickly heated in a searing hot pan with olive oil, flash steamed in the pan, then finished with a little butter and freshly grated garlic.

Oh. My. Word. The smell. The taste!

My new favorite side dish was born.

Garlicky Green Beans

Bright green and beautiful. And the snap crunch? Oh the snap crunch! You can hear me chewing away on these tasties from across the room.

Garlicky Green Beans

It’s your new side dish best friend. It cooks up in less than 10 minutes, and tastes great served alongside any meat. Sometimes I make a big ole pan of this and serve in over brown rice. It’s. That. Good.

Garlicky Green Beans
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Serves: 4
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  1. 1. Heat a large skillet with a tight fitting lid over high heat. Add in the olive oil, green beans, salt and pepper. Turn green beans constantly until they turn bright green and begin to get a few little brown spots on them from cooking. About 2-3 minutes.
  2. 2. Add in ¼ cup of water, and cover pan immediately. Allow the green beans to steam for 2-3 minutes.
  3. 3. Remove the lid, and stir the green beans until the remainder of the water has cooked away and evaporated. Turn heat to low. Push the green beans to the edges of the pan to make a little circle opening in the middle. Add in the 1 tablespoon of butter and grate the garlic cloves on top of the butter. Cook the grated garlic in the butter for 30 seconds until fragrant, then coat the green beans evenly in the garlic butter mixture for about 30 more seconds. Serve warm immediately.
  4. 4. Will keep refrigerated for 1 week in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 83 Fat: 4.75

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  1. says

    You had me at garlicky! I am dying over these beans. Want.

    You poor thing. Squishy and squeaky beans are no good. I’m so glad you gave beans a second chance! We grew green beans in our garden last summer, and they were a hit with everyone. My boys love snapping the ends off!

    • says

      Thanks Ashley! They’re so good. Your family would love this. We tried growing green beans this year, but I only did 1 little plant to test out how they would do, and that was definitely not enough. Will be growing many more this year. I love how the vines curl around everything they can reach.

  2. Irina says

    Wow!! you totally convinced me to try your beans :) garlic and butter sounds like a yummy combo and the crunch is exactly what I need, I am definitely going to have a happy husband when I make these, awesome recipe thanks :)

    • says

      You’re too sweet Irinia. You must try this method of cooking green beans. You’ll be completely converted! And husbands love this side dish. If I look away for one second my mister is stealing green beans off my plate. Sneaky guy!

      • Irina says

        I made these today and they are soooooooooo yummy my husband asked me where I got the recipe and I said I found a wonderful site with great food so he wants to me make more food from your site it’s that good!!! Thanks for the site and all your recipes we love them!

        • says

          I am SO glad you made these Irina! You just made my day, which I can always use on a Monday morning, ha! And I am so happy that your husband liked them too. Thank you for always commenting such nice things on my blog. You might be the nicest person on the internet. Seriously. Have a good week friend!

    • says

      Glad you agree Sarah! Poor canned green beans, I feel bad for them when I walk past them at the grocery store. Little suckers never stood a chance, haha!

    • says

      Thanks Christine! Oooh, spicy green beans sound good too. I should add some red pepper flakes next time I cook these and give it a whirl. My husband would love that, he loves spicy food.

    • says

      Me too! Luckily my husband does too, because I feel like my fingers always have a garlic scent from cooking with them so much. There needs to be a cure for that : )

    • says

      Thanks Kathy! You’re so nice. I think I’m finally figuring photography out. The missing link has been using a bounce board to reflect light on the other side of food. Made such a difference!

    • says

      Crisp and bright green is a must! And I totally just went to you blog and searched for your green bean recipe because I’m so obsessed with green beans right now. They look delicious too! Love Asian flavors : )

  3. says

    I have a huge fear of canned vegetables. The color–and concept just freak me out. Haha! On that note, these ones sound perfect!!

    And I have to say, I love all the pictures. It’s so hard to capture cooking and steam pictures–amazing job!

    • says

      I’m not a big fan of canned vegetables either. Maybe corn, maybe. And thank you for complimenting my photography Laura, HUGE compliment coming from you!

  4. says

    I passed up some green beans the other day that were on sale because I’ve never found a recipe I love, and I’m with you, I think the squeak scarred me for life. But I think I’m ready Natalie!! It’s time! Beautiful photos, as always :)

  5. says

    I love crunchy green beans and yours look fantastic Natalie! Love how bright and green they look – not like those squishy brownish canned ones hehe. Yum, you’ve totally got me craving some garlicky green beans now :)

  6. says

    I just made these for Easter dinner and they were INCREDIBLE. I’m never making basic green beans again :) Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    • says

      I’m so glad to hear you liked the green beans Paula! This is so funny, because I made these for Easter yesterday too! Guess great minds think alike. Hope you had a great holiday celebrating with your family. And thanks for letting me know you liked my recipe, you just made my day!

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