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Garlic Green Beans

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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.

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.

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.

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!

Easy side dishes

Alrighty, let’s tuck into this garlic green beans recipe shall we?!

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

  • 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!

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