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. Make this with dinner tonight!
Why you'll love this recipe
Not only are green beans good for you, they can make a delicious comforting side dish. The beauty of this recipe is that sautéed garlic green beans can go with just about anything-- meatloaf, shrimp pasta, 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.
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.
This sautéed garlic butter green bean recipe requires only the simplest and easy-to-find ingredients. Here's what you'll need:
- Green beans, fresh or frozen
- Butter, salted or unsalted
Wash and trim the fresh 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 sauté until fragrant. This should take about a minute.
Return the green beans to the pot and toss with garlic and butter. Season with salt and serve.
Kick this recipe up a notch and throw in a ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Depending on your heat tolerance, you can use more or less pepper flakes.
If you choose to add red pepper flakes, they should be aded with the minced garlic in Step 3 (in the recipe card below).
Tips & tricks
Use 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).
Make it healthy. 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.
- Dutch Oven. I love using my dutch oven- especially for this recipe! Dutch ovens are also good substitutes for stockpots, sauce pans, and even casserole dishes.
- Colander. Quickly and easily strain your green beans with a 5-quart colander.
Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to five days.
More easy side dishes
- Cheesy Hash Browns
- Crispy Fried Potatoes
- Creamy Deviled Egg Potato Salad
- Creamy Honey Butter Skillet Corn
Garlic Butter Green Beans
- 2 lbs fresh green beans trimmed
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 4 tablespoon 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 sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Return the green beans to the pot and toss with butter and garlic. Season with salt and serve.
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