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Garlic Green Beans on a white serving platter with bacon crumbled on top.

Garlic Green Beans

This will become a go-to side dish. It is easy to make and done in 15 minutes. The green beans are perfectly browned and then tossed in a buttery, garlic sauce at the end that will have you crawling back for more.

Yield: 4 servings 1x
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 7 minutesTotal: 12 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 23 garlic cloves, minced
  • Optional garnish: crumbled, cooked bacon

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  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat until shimmery. 
  2. Add the green beans in and lightly season with salt and pepper. Sauté the green beans for about 4 minutes, until you start to see some browning.
  3. Add water to skillet and cover with a lid. Let steam for about 2 minutes until the green beans are bright green. 
  4. Remove the lid and once water has fully evaporated, add in the butter, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt (note: use a little less salt, if using salted butter). Stir the green beans around for about 1 minute, until garlic starts to become fragrant.
  5. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve warm. 
© Author: Polly Conner
Cuisine: American Method: Stirfry