Want an easy side dish that takes almost no time to make, is healthy, tastes delicious and looks great? Look no further! These Sautéed Green Beans With Garlic are the perfect side for barbecues, potlucks, and holidays.
Why I Love These Sauteed Green Beans With Garlic
These garlicky green beans are the best for so many reasons!
- They pair with everything. Ok, so maybe green beans are not the MOST exciting side dish in the world, but I promise you, green beans are a classic and they literally go with almost anything. Barbecues, fried chicken, pork chops, meatloaf, steak, roasted chicken, salmon, Thanksgiving dinner, Asian dishes - you name it, there's place on your table for these garlic green beans.
- They're so easy to make! These green beans are so easy to make and come together super fast. Perfect for when you need a quick and easy side recipe.
- They're healthy. Not only are green beans low in calories, but they're chock full of good for you vitamins like vitamin C, antioxidants, folate, and fiber. And this preparation, green beans sauteed with just a little olive oil and fresh garlic, makes them a great alternative to the heavier fat leaden casseroles you usually see.
What Do I Need To Make Them?
This recipe for sauteed green beans with garlic has few ingredients, which is what makes it so healthy for you.
- Fresh green beans. There's no question - fresh green beans are the way to go, no matter what recipe you're using green beans in. Fresh green beans are super crispy and taste way better than canned green beans, which typically result in a mushy and soft disappointment.
- Garlic cloves. Y'all know I love garlic, and lightly sauteed in oil, it adds so much flavor to veggie dishes and is a GREAT addition to this green bean recipe.
- Good olive oil. I prefer using olive oil for this recipe vs. butter, which some recipes call for. We're going for crisp, light, and flavorful here, and butter tends to make these too creamy and rich for my taste.
- Crushed red pepper flakes. This one is optional but I love the tiny bit of spice the crushed red pepper flakes give to these green beans.
So, How Do You Make These Sauteed Green Beans?
It really couldn't be easier and will take you less than 10 minutes. Here's how you do it.
- Add the olive oil to a pan over medium heat.
- Toss in your garlic cloves and saute for 30 seconds-1 minute, until the cloves start to become fragrant.
- Add the green beans and saute, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes. No boiling needed! Don't keep the green beans on the stove for too long - the goal is to keep them crisp, not let them get mushy and soggy (which can happen sometimes if you boil them in advance or saute them for too long).
- Remove from heat, add some salt and pepper, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes if desired.
These sauteed green beans with garlic are best served immediately.
If you make these Garlic Green Beans, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below, and don't forget to tag me with a pic on Instagram!
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Sauteed Green Beans With Garlic
- 4 cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 10 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Clean greens and pinch off ends.
- Add oil to a large skillet on medium heat.
- Add garlic and sauté, stirring, for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
- Add beans and sauté, stirring, for 5-7 minutes (don’t let the beans become too soft).
- Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.