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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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