Garlic Green Beans

Garlic green beans are a great way to prepare fresh green beans. These green beans are seasoned perfectly with garlic butter! Make the perfect side dish in just minutes.

fresh green beans with garlic butter

Are you looking for how to cook fresh buttery green beans? This is one of those side dishes that go with anything! I have a simple and delicious recipe for you.

If you are looking for the perfect green bean recipe, look no further? This is one of those side dishes that go with anything! I have a simple and delicious recipe for you.

Fresh green beans are plentiful in the summer, and they are always fresh in the grocery store. There are many different ways to cook green beans, you can sauté them, boil them, steam them, heck, you can even enjoy them deep-fried, and in this case, you can make garlic butter green beans.

When you combine butter, minced garlic, and tender beans you are going to find a delicious way to enjoy this summer vegetable. Sauteed green beans is an easy side dish you are going to love for weeknight dinner or even holiday dinners. This is one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy green beans, and with such an easy recipe, how can you go wrong with this simple side dish?

fresh green beans, garlic, butter

How to select the best green beans

Green beans are packed full of nutrition. Sometimes green beans are called string beans, or in fancier stores, these are called haricots verts. You may find them in your store under either name.

  • When shopping, look for green beans that are crisp. Pass on beans that are limp.
  • Look for beans that are unblemished
  • Look for beans that are firm, avoid beans with soft spots

Green beans should be stored in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer, and they will stay fresh for about 1 week.

fresh green beans on a wood cutting board

What makes this recipe for garlic green beans so good?

This is a super-easy way to prepare fresh green beans, the cooking process couldn’t be any more simple. This recipe is perfect for a family dinner because the total time of cooking this garlic green beans recipe is under 15 minutes. The garlic butter turns simple green beans into a great side dish your whole family is going to love.

We are going to begin by cleaning the beans, cut off the stem end, and then steam them, and then will finish up sautéing them on medium-high heat in the garlic butter. This ensures the beans are cooked to perfection.

You can steam green beans in your Instant Pot, in the microwave, or on the stovetop (directions are below). After the beans are steamed, you will cook them in the garlic butter sauce.

When you are ready to serve them, you will drizzle the extra garlic butter sauce on top this really gives your beans so much flavor!

making garlic butter for green beans in a skillet

What to Serve with Green Beans

Green beans go with so many main dishes. It is the perfect green beans recipe for when you want to serve a green vegetable and you also want a low carbohydrate option. Enjoy some of these main dish options to serve with these beans.

Try these delicious garlicky green beans

These garlic green beans are soon to be a favorite around your house. Simple to make, and these can be easily scaled up should you need more. You can simply double or even triple the recipe for when you have guests over.

fresh green beans with garlic butter in a serving bowl

Ingredients you will need

This recipe really takes just a handful of ingredients. I know once you give this recipe a try, the next time you get hungry for green beans you are going to purchase fresh ones and pass on the canned green beans.

  • Fresh green beans
  • Fresh garlic – I really like to use fresh garlic it adds lots of flavor
  • Butter you can use salted butter or unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

How to store cooked green beans

If you happen to have any leftover, you can store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

How to reheat garlic green beans

I prefer to heat these on the stovetop, sometimes I add a little olive oil to the pan and turn up the heat just enough so the skin blisters just a bit. This adds a nice bit of texture.

Microwave: These can be reheated in the microwave for heating on high for about 90 seconds.

Stovetop: I will toss everything back into a hot pan on the stove and heat on medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.

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Before you go let me know how you serve up green beans. Do you like them fresh, frozen green beans, or canned green beans best?

fresh green beans with garlic butter in a bowl

Garlic Green Beans

Make fresh green beans in just minutes with garlic butter. This green bean recipe is soon to become a favorite!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garlic green beans, Green beans, snap beans, string beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 175kcal


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper


  • Wash green beans, cut off stem end with a knife.

Steam Green Beans

  • Microwave: Green beans can be steamed in the microwave by placing in a bowl and adding 2 tablespoons of water. Place a plate on the bowl to keep in the steam. Cook on high for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • InstantPot: Place the steamer rack in the instant pot. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Lock the lid and steam at LOW PRESSURE for 2 minutes.
  • Stovetop: Use a large pot with a steamer basket. Fill the pot halfway with water, add the steamer basket, add the green beans. Place the lid on the steamer basket. Tun the temperature to high, and steam for 6 to 8 minutes. The green beans are cooked when they turn a bright green color.

Garlic Butter

  • Peel the garlic cloves and finely mince the garlic.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet and the pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Add garlic, and heat until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add steamed green beans. Cook until the beans are tender. Stir until the beans are well-coated. Serve. Pour over any left-over sauce onto the green beans.
  • If desired and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


Upgrade this recipe! Garnish with the following: 
  • toasted almonds 
  • slivered almonds
  • fresh lemon zest
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • a splash of soy sauce
  • a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a little zing


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1915IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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