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.
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!
This is a great easy side because the ingredients are so simple.
This is all you’ll need:
- olive oil
- green beans
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
How to Cook Fresh Green Beans in a Skillet
- Melt: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
- Add: Stir in the green beans and cook, stirring often, for about 6 minutes, or until the beans start to char in areas.
- Stir: Stir in the garlic and salt. Continue to cook for about 20 seconds, or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add water: Add water; cover and cook covered for 2 minutes, or until the beans are crisp tender and the water has evaporated.
- Add butter: Remove the lid and add the remaining tablespoon of butter. Stir around until the butter is melted.
- Season: Add cracked pepper and stir it around. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
Skillet Garlic Butter Green Beans
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1½ pounds green beans, trimmed
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup water
- 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.