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Sautéed Garlic Butter Green Beans

These delicious Skillet Garlic Butter Green Beans are a favorite easy side dish. They are buttery, crispy but tender, and add a gorgeous pop of fresh green to your plate. They are the perfect side for a light summer dinner or a holiday celebration. 

green beans cooking in a black skillet

An Easy Garlic Butter Green Bean Recipe

Green beans are a fave green veggie of mine. Especially fresh green beans. They’re crisp, they’re a little bit sweet, and you just feel good eating them. 

Green beans are easy to grow, too. It seems like you put them in the ground and just about a month or two later, you’ve got a bush full of beans ready to be picked! That might be why I like them so much.

The only downside? You’ve got to find creative ways to use them all. Well, I think you know that’s not really a down side for me! 😉

These garlic butter green beans are just so good! They cook up in a skillet in no time at all. I love the no-blanch technique here because it makes this recipe even easier. And quicker! They turn out crispy, but tender, too. You’re going to love this fresh side with all of your summer meals!

Ingredients

This is a great easy side because the ingredients are so simple. 

This is all you’ll need:

  • butter
  • olive oil
  • green beans
  • garlic
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
pan frying green beans

How to Cook Fresh Green Beans in a Skillet

  1. Melt: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  2. Add: Stir in the green beans and cook, stirring often, for about 6 minutes, or until the beans start to char in areas. 
  3. Stir: Stir in the garlic and salt. Continue to cook for about 20 seconds, or until the garlic becomes fragrant. 
  4. Add water: Add water; cover and cook covered for 2 minutes, or until the beans are crisp tender and the water has evaporated. 
  5. Add butter: Remove the lid and add the remaining tablespoon of butter. Stir around until the butter is melted.
  6. Season: Add cracked pepper and stir it around. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  7. Serve: Remove from heat and serve. 

Tips for the Best Sauteed Green Beans

For the best green beans around, follow these simple tips:

  • Don’t sub your fresh green beans for canned green beans. This recipe will not work with canned green beans. They are much too soft and will likely fall apart in the skillet. You could sub for frozen string beans, but they will be less crisp than fresh. 
  • You can use this recipe with just about any variety of fresh green beans: bush beans, pole beans, runner beans, etc. 
  • Don’t forget to trim up your green beans before adding them to the skillet. You wont want to be eating the ends of your fresh green beans. 
green beans, tomatoes, and garlic cloves in a black skillet with a wooden spoon inside

Serving Suggestions

  • I love to serve these green beans with any grilled or sautéed chicken dish. Like this skillet balsamic chicken breast
  • Green beans are undeniably delicious served with potatoes and a big juicy steak, too! I’m thinking potato wedges or mashed potatoes and a filet or ribeye!
  • And, don’t forget about pork! Green beans are a great side to have with any pork chop recipe. 
cooked green beans served in a bowl with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Let your green beans come to room temperature. Then place them in an airtight container. You can store them in your fridge for 3-5 days. 
  • To reheat them, simply add the green beans to a skillet and warm them over low heat. They will be slightly less crisp the second time around, but still super delish!
green beans, tomatoes, and garlic cloves in a black skillet with a wooden spoon inside
Print Recipe
5 from 5 votes

Skillet Garlic Butter Green Beans

Skillet Garlic Butter Green Beans are buttery, crispy but tender, and add a gorgeous pop of fresh green to your plate. They're the perfect simple side dish!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook fresh green beans, how to cook green beans, sauteed green beans
Servings: 6
Calories: 89kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in the green beans and cook, stirring often, for about 6 minutes, or until beans start to char.
  • Stir in the garlic and salt and cook for about 20 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Add water; cover and cook covered for 2 minutes, or until the beans are crisp tender and water has evaporated.
  • Remove lid and add remaining tablespoon of butter; stir around until melted.
  • Add cracked pepper and stir around; taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Remove from heat and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 899IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

12 Comments

  • am
    June 26, 2020 at 1:42 am

    5 stars
    I will be making these this weekend, I can’t wait!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Jen
    June 26, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    5 stars
    I love how something so simple really allows the best flavor to come out! Absolutely delicious!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Jen! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Toni
    June 26, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    5 stars
    I love everything about this meal! My family loved it!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 26, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thank YOU! I’m very happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Cathy
    June 26, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    The combo of butter and olive oil is the BEST way to go!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 28, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      My favorite combo! I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Allyson Zea
    June 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    5 stars
    I love green beans in the summer, and these turned out so fabulous! Thank you for the easy recipe!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 28, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you so much! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    June 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    5 stars
    I can’t resist to this green bean dish. Sounds perfect!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      June 30, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you so much!! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply

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