Our quick and easy garlic green beans recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Garlic lovers rejoice! Fresh green beans make this recipe a snap and it pairs perfectly with a variety of main courses from steak to chicken.
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I rely on super quick flavor-packed recipes for dinner. Which is exactly what this sauteed green bean recipe is. We went extra garlicky on this one. Have you heard of 40 cloves of garlic chicken? Think of this fresh green bean recipe as the side dish version of that.
I like to pair it with a simple protein and a simple side dish like our saffron rice or roasted rutabagas.
📖Why This Recipe Works
- No Blanching Required- This recipe does not require you to blanch (boiling and then plunging into an ice bath) the green beans before you saute them. We saute then simmer, i.e., the easy way!
- Healthy- Green beans offer vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K, as well as beta-carotene, folate, and potassium making this a healthy side dish! Plus you get all the benefits of fresh garlic. Because we simmer the beans in broth this recipe requires less oil.
This recipe has been popular over the years with 5,000 Pinterest shares and a perfect 5-star rating. It is absolutely one of my favorite ways to make green beans.
As promised, we made this recipe quick and easy. So just a handful of ingredients with loads of flavor. We made each one count.
Fresh Green Beans- Yes fresh, sorry but frozen or canned just doesn't work in this recipe. However, you can sub-sugar snap peas for our string beans here.
Garlic- … lots of garlic. In a pinch, I have even used a tube of garlic paste and the prechopped and jarred kind. Garlic powder won't cut it here. This recipe is for true garlic lovers.
This recipe calls for quite a few garlic cloves so make sure you have at least a half head of garlic on hand. You can mince your garlic with a knife or use a garlic press if you prefer smaller pieces.
You can also use roasted garlic in this recipe for a less intense garlic flavor.
Olive Oil- You can use any high-quality oil like coconut, avocado oil, or even some leftover herb and garlic butter!
Chicken Stock - Or broth adds a richer flavor. You can absolutely sub vegetable stock for vegan. Out of stock? Sub bullion plus water or just use regular water. When using water I like to add a tablespoon of butter or Earth Balance vegan butter to deepen the flavor.
Lemon Juice- A little acid is my favorite way to finish any sauteed vegetable. If you are out of lemon options (bottled or fresh) try 1 teaspoon of cider or red wine vinegar. If using fresh lemon feel free to add the lemon zest for a sharper flavor.
Seasonings- We keep it simple with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. If you are feeling herby fresh parsley or chives is recommended. You can also try a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
See the recipe card for exact quantities.
⏲️How to Make Garlic Green Beans
Sauteed green beans should be easy to make (if they aren't- get a new recipe!). And this recipe couldn't be easier. We use a mix of sauteing and simmering to get the perfect bean texture in just a few minutes. Your sauteed green beans should have a beautiful green color and be crisp but fork-tender.
Before starting thoroughly wash the beans in cold water and trim your green beans. You need to just snip off the stem end.
STEP 1- Saute
To start, heat your oil in a large skillet with high sides. Make sure to use one with a well-fitting lid. Add the garlic to Sauté the garlic to bring out the sweetness, just about 30 seconds. Keep an eye on it, you don't want it to burn. Give a stir about halfway through.
Add the green beans to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes, just to get a bit of caramelization. We aren't cooking the beans, just browning them.
Step 2- Simmer
Add the chicken stock and cover for 6 to 8 minutes. This will steam the green beans.
When the green beans are ALMOST done, remove the lid and add the lemon juice, salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
Cook until the liquid evaporates and the green beans are fork-tender. You want the green beans to still have a bit of a snap.
If the green beans get too dry you can add a few tablespoons of water to help them finish cooking. Serve immediately. Be sure to get all the garlicky goodness out of the pan!
🥗What to Serve with Garlic Green Beans
This recipe pairs well with our Boursin mashed potatoes or lemon-roasted potatoes for a hardy partner.
In the summer try them with blue cheese potato salad, cherry tomato salad, or, spicy avocado coleslaw.
For main dishes try green beans with BBQ shredded beef, blackened cod, flourless chicken piccata, and our crustless tomato pie!
If you enjoyed this recipe please be sure to check out more of our favorite green bean recipes, I highly recommend our modern green bean casserole.
If you enjoyed this recipe please be sure to check out more of our favorite vegetable side dishes!
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips
This is an easy recipe with no real "trick" except, don't let your beans overcook. Keep an eye on them so they don't get mushy.
Sauteed green beans are meant to be eaten right away. If you have leftovers store them in the refrigerator and reheat them in a pan over medium heat. You will likely need to add additional oil.
How to Meal Prep Green Beans
If you want to meal prep this recipe, chop the garlic and trim the green beans the day before to reduce prep time. Or you can blanch the green beans so they cook quicker. Great for busy weeknights but totally optional.
Leftovers and meal-prepped beans will keep for up to four days in the refrigerator.
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💬Frequently Asked Questions
You don't need to boil your green beans before sauteeing them. Or plunge them in ice water.
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Garlic Green Beans
- 1 lb fresh green beans
- 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons garlic chopped
- ⅓ cup chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper to taste
- Wash and trim the ends of the green beans.1 lb fresh green beans
- Heat the olive oil n a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the green beans and toss to coat.1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 4 Tablespoons garlic
- Add the chicken (or vegetable) stock and cover the skillet. Cook 6 to 8 minutes until green beans are bright green and al dente.⅓ cup chicken or vegetable stock
- Uncover the skillet and add the salt and lemon juice. Cook until liquid evaporates and green beans are tender. Add a few cracks of black pepper and add additional salt if needed.1 Tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Leftovers: Store leftover green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Meal Prep: Chop the garlic and trim the green beans ahead of time. Or you can blanch the green beans so they cook quicker.
Bruce Ellis says
Outstanding,easy & healthy
Jen Wooster says
Thanks for the review!
This is a personal opinion: I loved how easy this recipe was to make and will definitely make this again but I did not care for the lemon in it AT ALL. It wasn't that it was "too lemony", it was subtle, but I was expecting more of a garlic taste as I used 6 fresh garlic cloves (and my cloves were big) but I felt the lemon taste was more pronounced than the garlic. BUT.. hubby LOVED them. So again it's a personal taste issue. If your looking for a more garlic taste maybe use less lemon juice or omit it all together but definitely give this recipe a try.
Hi! So excited to try... just wondering, I didn't see where the recipe says to add the vegetable stock? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!
Thank you for the review. Add the stock in step three. I will update the recipe card to make it more clear.
Thank you for your quick reply and updating the recipe! I ended up not adding the stock at all... and it still came out DELICIOUS. I was amazed at the outcome and made 3 batches. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.❤
Made this tonight. Was really easy and yummy! I used a whole head of garlic, but that’s just me. Was the perfect way to get my husband to eat green beans.
Glad everyone enjoyed! Thanks for leaving a review.
Made this recipe for dinner and it is delicious! I can't wait to be able to plant the beans in my garden.
So glad you enjoyed!
This recipe is definitely a keeper. So quick and easy! Great for a quick weeknight dinner or a dinner party.
Priya Shiva says
Such a quick and easy recipe. Saving to make it for lunch tomorrow.
My children love green beans and I like garlic so I know this recipe is perfect for us! It would pair well with fish also.
I love how simple and easy this is. A lovely side dish!
I love how the best dishes sometimes are the simplest allowing the natural flavors to really shine. So delicious!
My favorite veggie! This may wind up on my Thanksgiving menu.
I love the garlic to beans ratio! We are a garlic loving family, big time, and this will go over really well. So pretty and bright, too!
Agreed- go big or go home on the garlic!
Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites says
Yes! Give me all the garlicky green beans! These are amazing - such a great side!
Great recipe for fresh green beans. I love recipes with lots of garlic!
Mary Bostow says
I LOVE how easy and delicious this is! Good idea! Looks very tasty! I am going to make this! This recipe really impresses! I really like! Thank you.