Garlic Butter Sauteed Green Beans

Here’s our easy sautéed green beans recipe made with the most delicious garlic butter. You can make these beans in about 15 minutes! Our family loves these tasty, perfectly cooked green beans!

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Garlic Butter Sauteed Green Beans Recipe Video

Do You Need to Blanch Green Beans For This Recipe?

Blanching green beans means cooking them for a short time in boiling water until they are flavorful, tender, and bright green. As soon as they are tender, the beans are cooled down in ice water to stop the cooking. While blanching is an excellent way to cook green beans for salads and other dishes, in the case of this simple sautéed recipe, blanching isn’t necessary.

Instead of blanching the beans, we streamline the cooking steps. The method isn’t all that different from when making our sautéed zucchini, sautéed Brussels sprouts, sautéed cabbage, or this sautéed bok choy.

If you were looking for a roasted version, here’s our recipe for roasted green beans.

Here are the basic steps we follow for perfectly sautéed green beans:

How to Sauté Green Beans

We like our beans to be bright green with a few blistered spots on the outside and tender and flavorful in the middle.

Cook the beans with a bit of oil and salt in a wide skillet. Toss the beans around every couple of minutes. We aren’t looking for completely tender beans at this point, just a few blistered spots.

Cooking green beans in a skillet with oil

Pour in a small amount of liquid — like water or stock — and cover. Cook, covered until the beans are tender (about 2 minutes).

Adding oil to green beans in a skillet

Uncover and then add flavor with minced garlic, butter (regular or vegan butter), and any other spices you love. Toss around for a minute or two, and then serve!

Adding garlic and butter to sauteed green beans

More green beans recipes:

A bowl of sauteed green beans with lemon and garlic

What to Serve With Green Beans?

This green beans recipe is fast, so we make it often! Here are a few of our family’s favorite dishes to serve them with:

Garlic Sauteed Green Beans

Garlic Butter Sauteed Green Beans

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Here’s our easy sautéed green beans recipe made with the most delicious garlic butter. You can make these beans in about 15 minutes! Our family loves these tasty, perfectly cooked green beans!

In the recipe below, we have shared a basic recipe as well as an optional step to finish the beans with a garlic butter (delicious).

Makes 4 servings

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You Will Need

Basic Sautéed Green Beans

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 pound green beans, stem ends snapped off

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 cup water or stock

Lemon wedges, for serving

Optional Garlic Butter

1 tablespoon butter or vegan butter

3 medium garlic cloves, minced, about 1 tablespoon

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


    1Heat oil in a wide skillet over medium-high heat, and then add the green beans and a 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

    2Cook until you begin to see a few blistered spots, about 5 minutes. As they cook, keep tossing so that all the beans have a chance to hit the bottom of the skillet.

    3Pour in the water (or stock), and then cover the skillet with a lid or if the pan you are using does not have a lid, tent some aluminum foil over the pan. Cook, covered, for 2 minutes.

    4Uncover the skillet, turn the heat down to medium-low, and then continue to cook until any liquid left in the pan has evaporated. Serve or if you are making the garlic butter green beans, stir in the butter, garlic, lemon zest, and black pepper. Cook, stirring the garlic around the pan for one minute. Serve.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. The garlic butter is included in the calculations.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 74 / Total Fat 4.3g / Saturated Fat 2g / Cholesterol 7.6mg / Sodium 153mg / Carbohydrate 8.8g / Dietary Fiber 3.2g / Total Sugars 3.7g / Protein 2.3g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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4 comments… Leave a Review
  • Diane Winslow December 19, 2023, 7:26 am

    Would this green bean recipe be ok making in advance?

    • Joanne December 19, 2023, 5:16 pm

      Hi Diane, Yes, these sautéed green beans are great for making ahead of time.

  • Sandy December 14, 2023, 12:35 pm

    I made these last night, it was so easy to make and so delicious, this is definitely my go to recipe for fresh green beans

  • Sharon October 24, 2021, 3:30 pm

    I didn’t have green beans, but used the sauce on asparagus and it was soooo good. Can’t wait to try it with the green beans.


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