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Garlic Green Beans

September 23, 2019 (Last Updated: December 27, 2019) by Chris Collins

These simple green beans are sautéed in a garlic infused butter and seriously couldn’t be any more delicious! The perfect side dish for just about everything.

overhead shot of green beans in bowl with garlic chips on top

Preparing Green Beans

The great thing about green beans is they’re fairly low maintenance. Most stores will sell trimmed green beans, so I recommend grabbing them if you can. If not, don’t panic. To be honest, it’s only the very long bits at the end you’ll need to trim. As you can see in the photos, a little tip won’t harm you.

If you want to fully trim the green beans, just evenly line them up and slice off the very ends.


To get the party started I always boil the beans until just about fork tender, before combining with the garlic butter. Just pop the beans in cold water with a heavy pinch of salt and bring to the boil for a few mins until fork tender. You can also steam the beans too if you’d prefer.

Top Tip #1 – I recommend making sure the beans are only initially cooked until al dente. You want them still a teeny bit hard as they’re going to finish cooking in the pan with the garlic butter. 

green beans in a pot of water ready to boil

Garlic Butter Green Beans

Alrighty, here’s where things get good.

To make the garlic butter I always start off with unsalted butter. Not a deal breaker if you’ve got salted, but it just gives you a little more control over the seasoning if you’re using unsalted butter, especially if you’ve parboiled them in salted water. 

With regards to the garlic, I like slicing a clove up into very thin strips. This way you’ll end with mini garlic chips that are golden and crispy.

How to make Garlic Green Beans (quick summary)

  1. Melt butter into a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic slices and stir until they begin to brown.
  3. Add parboiled green beans and toss until full coated.

How to make garlic green beans - 3 step by step photos

Top Tip #2 – Just be vigilant with the garlic as it will go from golden and crispy to brown and bitter very quickly. If you see the garlic browning too quickly, just take the pan off the heat and turn the heat to a low.

You may also find the butter starts turning a deeper shade of brown. In contrast to the garlic, this is actually a desirable thing. Browning the butter adds a gorgeous nutty flavour!

Personally I like my green beans with a little ‘bite’ to them. Slightly al dente even. This is completely down to preference, but if they are still a little firm for your liking after you’ve coating in garlic butter, just lower the temp and let them fry for a few more mins to soften.

overhead shot of green beans in pan with crispy bits of garlic

Garlic Green Beans

And there we have it! Green beans wrapped in a silky garlicy and buttery sauce, with mini crispy garlic chips. All in under 15mins. Can’t go wrong!
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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this garlic green beans recipe shall we?!

green beans on a plate with chicken and mash

How to make Garlic Green Beans (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of green beans in pan with crispy bits of garlic

Garlic Green Beans

These simple green beans are sautéed in a garlic infused butter and seriously couldn't be any more delicious! The perfect side dish for just about everything.
5 from 4 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American / British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Calories per serving: 57kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1


  • Pot
  • Large Frying Pan
  • Pasta Tongs
  • Sharp Knife and Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 14oz / 400g Green Beans (preferably trimmed)
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, very thinly sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Salt & Black Pepper


  • Pop your green beans in a large pot of cold water and add a heavy pinch of salt. Bring to a boil until the beans are just about fork tender. They will continue to cook in the pan, so make sure they're not overcooked at this point. Drain when ready.
  • Meanwhile, melt your butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add in your garlic slices and allow to crisp up slightly. If they brown too quickly take the pan off the heat and turn to low. The garlic will go from golden crispy to burnt and bitter very quickly, so just be careful.
  • Add your green beans and toss until fully coated. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper, give a final toss then serve whilst still hot!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Trimmed Green Beans - Most stores will have pre-trimmed beans, but if you've got regular ones I recommend lining them up and slicing the very tips off. I tend to only discard the very long bits, too much fuss to get rid of every tip!
b) Tenderness - As you can see by the video, I like my beans pretty firm, with a 'bite' to them. Nothing worse than soggy green beans (IMO). But just work to preference, if they're still too firm after you've coated them in butter just switch the heat to low and sauté for a few more minutes until they soften to your preference.
c) Brown Butter - You may notice the butter start to turn brown. This is actually desirable, as it will turn into a gorgeous nutty flavour. So fear not.
d) Steaming - Feel free to steam the beans instead of boiling them. I just often find there's too many to fit on a steaming basket. Up to you!


Nutrition Facts
Garlic Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 57 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.99g6%
Saturated Fat 2.466g12%
Trans Fat 0.155g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.223g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.002g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 35mg1%
Potassium 147mg4%
Carbohydrates 5.11g2%
Fiber 1.8g7%
Sugar 2.17g2%
Protein 1.35g3%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 0.71mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    September 24, 2019 at 1:01 am

    5 stars
    Garlic on veggies is always an awesome idea! So much flavor and something the whole family loves.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 26, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      You’re not wrong there!

  • Reply
    September 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    These green beans looks SO healthy and lush. Just need some chicken to accompany the dish.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Yup! So yummy with chicken!

  • Reply
    September 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    5 stars
    Simple yet so delicious. My kind of recipe. YUMM!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks, Kushigalu!

  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    September 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    5 stars
    Sounds perfect! My family is all about the garlic on veggies. Can’t wait to make this for them. 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    September 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    5 stars
    Totally agree. I love green beans firm enough bite on. They look so sad when soggy. Thanks for this quick and easy recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 26, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      You’re so welcome, Emese 🙂

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