These Butter and Garlic Green Beans are perfectly cooked and tossed with butter and toasted garlic. They’re a quick, easy, and delicious vegetable side dish.
Ready for your new go-to no-fail veggie side dish? I’d like to meet these perfect, wonderful garlic green beans that are ABSOLUTELY FOOLPROOF.
They’re boiled, so you don’t have to worry about burning them while they cook. You can make them with pre-trimmed green beans, so no cutting required if you don’t want to.
And, best of all, if your timing is off and the green beans finish cooking 20 minutes before your main dish, they get tossed in a hot pan with butter right before serving, so they’ll heat right back up!
Like I said, foolproof.
- Fresh green beans: You can use regular green beans or haricots verts. If using the latter, just adjust the simmering time as needed since they’re thinner and will cook a bit quicker.
- Butter: Salted or unsalted butter will work just fine.
- Fresh garlic: If you don’t feel like mincing the garlic, you can use a garlic press, but the little cubes of minced garlic are really delicious in this, so if you can mince the garlic, do!
- Salt and pepper: A little salt and pepper to taste is all the spicing up these green beans really need.
How to prepare green beans?
To prep your beans, wash them and use a sharp knife to trim the ends.
To trim the green beans, grab a handful of beans, line the ends up, and slice them all off at once. Line the beans up on the other side and trim the second side. Once all the beans are trimmed, they’re ready to go.
If prepping in advance, trimmed green beans can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days before cooking.
How to cook fresh green beans
- Transfer your prepared green beans to a medium pot and add just enough cold water to cover them. Add a couple good pinches of salt and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until they reach your preferred level of doneness.
- Drain and set aside.
- Just before serving, melt butter in a large skillet and toast garlic for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until lightly golden. Add green beans and toss until they’re well coated in the butter and garlic and reheated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
What to serve with garlic green beans?
Everything! Sauteed green beans go with practically everything, but to start you off, I’d recommend:
Can I use canned/frozen green beans?
Yes. Warm/cook the beans according to package instructions and then toss them with the melted butter and garlic.
More Green Bean Recipes
No-fail Butter and Garlic Green Beans
- 1 pound green beans trimmed and washed
- 2 cloves garlic minced*
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium pot, cover green beans with cold water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until they reach your preferred level of doneness. Drain and set aside.
- Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the garlic and toast until golden, watching carefully to ensure it doesn't burn.
- Add the cooked green beans to the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to coat (and reheat if they've cooled).
- Serve and enjoy!
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