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Garlic Green Beans

September 23, 2019 (Last Updated: March 21, 2022) 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.

These green beans are such an easy go-to when you’re looking to complete a meal. Plus they couldn’t be easier to make! Follow me…

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

Preparing Green Beans

Do you need to trim 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, unless it’s fairly firm and scraggly, in which case just trim it off.

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

Should you blanch green beans before cooking?

To get the party started I always boil the beans until they just begin to soften, before combining with the garlic butter. This will help tenderize them. Just pop the beans in boiling water with a heavy pinch of salt for a few mins until fork tender.

Can I steam them instead?

You can also steam the beans too if you’d prefer. I just find they fit better in a large pot than they do in a steaming basket.

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.

Garlic Butter

To make the garlic butter I always start 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 the beans 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. I don’t recommend using pre-chopped garlic – it’s usually kept in a brine which makes the garlic sour.

Browned Butter

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!

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 fully coated.

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

Garlic Green Beans FAQ

How do I prevent the garlic from burning?

Just be vigilant with the garlic as it will go from golden and crispy to brown and bitter very quickly. You want it tinged golden before you add the beans, then it will carry on cooking very slightly as you toss. If you see the garlic browning too quickly, just take the pan off the heat and turn the heat to a low.

What texture should the beans be?

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 coated them in garlic butter, just lower the temp and let them fry for a few more mins to soften.

Can I make these ahead of time?

I don’t recommend fully cooking then reheating them, just because the butter can turn greasy upon reheating. But, you can still blanch the beans, rinse then cool and store in the fridge. You can then toss in the garlic butter to heat through.

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

Garlic Green Beans

What can I serve garlic green beans with?

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these garlic green beans 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 5 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 & Colander
  • Large Frying Pan
  • Pasta Tongs
  • Sharp Knife and Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

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


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a hefty pinch of salt. Add the beans and boil until they just begin to soften, around 4mins. They will continue to cook in the pan, so make sure they're not overcooked at this point. Drain, rinse in cold water and shake off excess water.
  • Meanwhile, melt your butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add in your garlic slices and fry until they just begin to tinge golden. 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 for a couple of mins until fully coated and hot again. 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!

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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
    Andrew Mitchell
    September 8, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    Adding a few tablespoons of toasted almonds just prior to serving adds an addition texture/flavor to the green beans.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 10, 2023 at 11:58 am

      Great idea, Andrew! 🙂 C.

  • 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 🙂