Garlic Green Beans

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Garlic green beans are a wonderful side dish that are so easy to make and pair really well with many entrees. The green beans are sauteed in a skillet with garlic, are vibrantly green and tender.



1 lb green beans

salt, pepper, to taste

1/2 Tablespoon oil (olive, avocado, etc. or butter)

24 garlic cloves


  1. In a medium pot, bring water to boil and season generously with salt.
  2. Meanwhile, wash and prep the green beans. Trim the ends (the tips that were attached to the plant and any discolored or dry ends) and cut the beans in half, if you want, or leave them whole. 
  3. Add the green beans to the boiling water, cook for 5-8 minutes. This brings out the bright green color and takes out the harsh bite to the beans but still keeps them crisp. Don’t overcook the beans. If they are thinner and smaller, cook them for a shorter amount of time. 
  4. Heat the oil or butter in a large skillet. Add the garlic, either minced or leave the cloves whole and smash them lightly with the side of your knife. Saute in the oil for about 30 seconds, just until fragrant. 
  5. Add the green beans to the skillet, mix to combine. Add the pepper and salt, if needed. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Serve. 
  6. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.