These Garlic Butter Green Beans are a super quick, easy and delicious side dish for any occasion! Using only a couple of ingredients and a couple minutes, these tender-crisp green beans are sauteed in butter and garlic for an easy side dish that is perfect for anything from the holidays to a weeknight family meal!
Who else LOVES the smell of minced garlic sauteing in butter? Is it not the most unbelievable aroma in the world? Now we are taking those flavors and adding them to delicious, fresh green beans. This is such an easy, no fail recipe, you’ll be wondering where it’s been all your life! And they are vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. Yum and yum!
Earlier this year, we shared a recipe for Garlic and Butter Roasted Carrots. So, we thought we keep it coming with these Garlic Butter Green Beans! A few easy ingredients, a few minutes of prep and you are in green bean heaven!
Garlic Butter Green Beans
When it comes to a vegetable side dish, I’ve always had a preference for Green Beans (or string beans). I love them nice and tender inside, but still with a little crisp to them as well when you first bite into them. We’ve made at tone of green bean recipes over the years. This includes Oven Roasted Green Beans, Spicy Green Beans, Arkansas Green Beans (you’ve GOTTA check those out!) and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans. Can you tell how much we love green beans?
Ready to get started? Check out the printable recipe card below for step-by-step instructions. Here is what you’ll need:
- GREEN BEANS – We think fresh green beans are best for this recipe. Simply boil them in a pot of water to their desired doneness and then toss a skillet with the butter and garlic. Yes, you can use frozen green beans, just cook them as instructed on the bag and toss in garlic butter. You CAN use canned green beans for this recipe, but we advise against it. They will just get a little too soft and soggy.
- BUTTER – Salted or unsalted. Doesn’t matter!
- GARLIC – Fresh, minced garlic. If you don’t want to take the time to mince it yourself, you can buy the ready-to-use stuff. But we feel the fresh minced toasted garlic in your skillet with butter is the way to go.
- SALT AND CRUSHED BLACK PEPPER – To taste.
Can You Make This Ahead Of Time?
Yes! You can cook your Green Beans ahead of time and then put them in a ice bath to stop the cooking process. Put them in an Airtight Container and they will stay good in your fridge for 2-3 days. When ready to cook, just toss them in the butter and garlic in the skillet!
Storage and Freezing
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator. The best way to reheat them is on a skillet over medium-high heat. Just be advised that they will never taste as fresh and delicious as when they are first cooked.
I would not freeze this recipe.
Notes, Tips and Variations
- HARICOTS VERTS – You can substitute for Haricots Verts if you’d like, but they are often more thin and you may have to reduce your cooking time to make sure you are ending up with the texture you want.
- TRIM YOUR GREEN BEANS – Make sure you are trimming the green beans so you don’t have to deal with the fiber string on the end. You can often find pre-trimmed green beans at the store if you want to save some time.
- ADDITIONS – If you want to give this dish a little spice, add some crushed red pepper. Or, you can add some precooked, crispy bacon into the skillet when you add your green beans. Garlic and bacon? Yes, please!
- SUB BUTTER – This dish would also work substituting the butter for olive oil.
- USE A LARGE SKILLET – Make sure you are using a large enough pan to comfortably toss all your ingredients. We like using this one, it’s plenty big and comes with a lid!
We hope you love this recipe for Garlic Butter Green Beans. We think it’s the perfect side dish for just about any occasion. Please tell us what you think of it in the comment section.
Garlic Butter Green Beans
- 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans
- ¼ cup butter
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- Place the beans in a pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and stir often. Cook until fork tender, around 10 minutes. Drain.
- When the beans are cooked, heat the butter in a large skillet until melted. Add the garlic and saute for one minute until fragrant.
- Strain the beans and add them to the pan with the butter. Stir to coat the beans in butter and saute for five minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper before serving.