This garlic green beans recipe is fresh, simple and bursting with flavor! It’s the ideal fast and easy side dish.

Garlic Green Beans

Green beans are one of our top vegetables for side dishes, because they’re fast, easy and versatile. Here’s our latest idea for highlighting these crunchy slender green veggies: Garlic Green Beans! Pairing tender steamed green beans with savory garlic butter makes them sing on your plate. Seasoned perfectly, they make an impressive side for about anything: chicken, fish, pasta or any veggie main. This platter disappeared very quickly at our house! Here’s what to know about this simple method.

Ingredients for this garlic green beans recipe

This garlic green beans recipe has minimal ingredients but achieves a maximum amount of flavor. It can be difficult to get green beans just right: we’ve made our fair share of bland, soggy or too crunchy beans. For this method you’ll steam the beans first, then add a quick garlic butter and mix before serving. You can technically get the same result with sautéed green beans, but we prefer the steaming method because they come out more tender. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh green beans: standard or French (haricot verts)
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
Garlic Green Beans

Standard vs French green beans (haricot verts)

You can use either standard green beans or French green beans (haricot verts) for this garlic green beans recipe. If you use the French variety, you can get away with steaming them slightly less time than the standard type. Here’s why:

  • Haricot verts or French green beans are thinner and shorter than the standard green beans. The variety of beans you’ll most likely find in the grocery are called Blue Lake beans. French green beans cook faster than standard green beans and they’re more tender in texture.
  • French green beans are our favorite variety, but they can be hard to find at the grocery. You can use either here (we used standard). Keep in mind you can steam French green beans for about 1 minute less than standard green beans.

Tips & variations on garlic green beans

These garlic green beans are quick and simple. Here are a few tips for how to complete the method, and some variations and mix ins:

  • Trim the beans first. You only need to remove the stem end! You can leave the long, pointed end on (we think they look more elegant that way). Here’s how to trim green beans.
  • Steam the beans with a steamer basket or insert. You’ll need a steamer basket for this one, or one of the inexpensive inserts you can add to standard pots. If you prefer, you can blanch the beans instead. (Sautéing also works, but they don’t get as tender.)
  • Flavor with garlic butter. Add minced garlic to butter, then cook until just fragrant and starting to brown (about 1 minute).
  • Add other flavors if you like! The garlic green beans taste great as is, but to amp the flavors try adding shredded Parmesan cheese, lemon juice or zest, or toasted almonds.
Garlic Green Beans

Ways to serve them

Once you’ve mixed up a pan of these garlic green beans, they’re great for pairing with all sorts of main dishes as an easy vegetable side dish. Serve them with:

More green bean recipes

And that’s it! When it’s bean season, we can’t get enough of this crunchy veggie. Here are a few more green bean recipes to try:

This garlic green beans recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, use vegan butter or olive oil.

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Garlic Green Beans

Garlic Green Beans


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or vegan butter, for vegan)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Optional adders: shredded Parmesan cheese, lemon juice or zest, toasted almonds

Instructions

  1. Trim the green beans.
  2. Place 1 ½ cups water into a saucepan or pot. If using a steamer basket without a handle, add it to the pot now: the water surface should be right under the basket. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add the green beans (in the steamer basket, if it has a handle). Steam with the lid on 4 to 5 minutes until just tender, testing with a fork to assess whether it’s done (cook 1 minute or so less if using French green beans, aka haricot verts).
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter and garlic over medium heat. Heat until the garlic is fragrant and just starting to become golden (about 1 minute), then immediately remove from the heat.
  5. Carefully remove the beans to a bowl. Toss the beans with the garlic butter, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper. Taste and add a pinch more salt if desired.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Garlic green beans, green bean garlic, garlic green beans recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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