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overhead shot of green beans in pan with crispy bits of garlic
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5 from 4 votes

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 6
Calories: 57kcal
Cost: £1 / $1


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


  • 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!



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!


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.11g | Protein: 1.35g | Fat: 3.99g | Saturated Fat: 2.466g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.223g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.002g | Trans Fat: 0.155g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 2.17g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.71mg