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Garlic Green Beans

by Dana Bean, RD

These quick and tasty Garlic Green Beans are a great holiday side or meal prep lunch veggie! A few quick tips make the texture perfect, too.

Garlic Green Beans

The perfect texture of green beans sauteed in oil and garlic!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Course: Side Dish


  • 2 lbs fresh green beans rinsed and trimmed if needed
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • sea salt to taste


  • Fill large pot with water and boil. Add green beans and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • While green beans are cooking, add ice and cold water to a large bowl. After green beans cook, remove and place immediately in the ice bath.
  • Heat large skillet to medium. Remove green beans from ice bath and pat dry. Add oil, garlic, and green beans to the skillet. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy!

Are you in charge of bringing a holiday side but don’t have a ton of time? Or maybe you’re wanting to prep ahead a vegetable to add to some meals for the week. Either way, this Garlic Green Beans recipe is a life saver. You can even boil ahead and sauté right before enjoying them. Win, win, win!

garlic green beans in skillet

You know when you bake cookies and take them out they seem like they’re not all the way cooked yet? That’s because they continue to cook on that pan even after you take them out of the oven (and cool/set).

We don’t want our green beans to keep cooking internally (and turn to mush) before sautéing, so we add them to the ice water to make the cooking come to a halt. After sautéing, this creates a green bean that is soft enough on the inside while still maintaining some firmness, and crisped on the outside.

We’re keeping it simple here, because in this case less is more!

Green Beans: Go for the fresh green beans. Usually you can find a pre-washed bag which is perfect! You may have to cut or snap off some stems.

Oil: Olive oil is my favorite here for the flavor, but neutral oil work well too (avocado, canola, etc…)

Minced Garlic: This really adds the flavor we’re looking for!

Sea Salt: You can use table salt too, but I love the larger bits in this recipe.

garlic green beans in a skillet up close
  • Adding vegetables to a meal can be a way to include some gentle nutrition
  • That being said if adding vegetables feels like a food rule, let’s work on challenging that!
  • Adding oil to the preparation of vegetables is a great way to increase absorption of vitamins. Let’s not let diet culture tell us that it “cancels out” the benefit of eating veggies. Not true and we need fat!

Looking for more? I’ve got plenty of easy, delicious recipes minus the diet culture, the life stories, and the unnecessary steps.

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