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Quick and easy Buttery Garlic Green Beans require only three ingredients and are ready in less than 20 minutes! Perfect for busy weeknights, this side dish pairs perfectly with any meal.
Green Beans with Garlic and Butter
The beauty of green beans is that they can go with anything— meatloaf, chicken thighs, hot beef sandwiches– you name it. Buttery Garlic Green Beans also make delicious leftovers, so they’re perfect for meal prepping.
This quick and easy side dish only requires three ingredients and is ready in less than 20 minutes.
Health Benefits of Green Beans
Not only are green beans low in calories, but they are also full of fiber and antioxidants. According to WebMD, these antioxidants (Vitamin C, flavonols, quercetin, and kaemferol) may help with some health conditions. Green beans may also aid in protecting gut health as well as improving heart health.
Ingredients Needed for Buttery Garlic Green Beans
This recipe requires only the simplest and easy to find ingredients:
- Green beans, fresh or frozen
About the Green Beans
This recipe can be made using either fresh or frozen green beans. During the winter months, I often use frozen and it turns out great every time!
If you’re using frozen green beans, use 3 12-ounce packages (unless you can find them in 1-pound packages).
How to Make Green Beans with Garlic and Butter
Wash and trim the green beans and place them into a large pot. Cover the beans with water and bring it to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes- until the green beans start to soften.
Once the green beans are tender, drain them and set them aside.
Add the butter to the pot. Once melted, add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant. This should take about 3 to 4 minutes.
Return the green beans to the pot. Season with salt and gently toss until hot.
Three tablespoons of olive oil can be substituted for butter in this recipe.
For a healthier version of Garlic Green Beans, cut back on the butter. I would suggest using at least 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil for sautéing the minced garlic.
How to Store Buttery Garlic Green Beans
Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to five days.
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Buttery Garlic Green Beans
- 2 lbs fresh green beans trimmed
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tbsp butter
- salt to taste
- Place washed and trimmed green beans into a large pot and cover with water.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until the green beans start to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Once the beans are tender, drain them and set them aside. Add butter to the pot. Once melted, add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Return the green beans to the pot. Season with salt and stir until hot.
*Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary based on ingredients used and cooking methods.
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