Easy Garlic Green Beans

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Green beans are such an easy side dish! I keep a bag in the freezer for this quick fix dinner dish.

Easy Garlic Green Beans | Good Cheap Eats

I love meals that are quick and delicious. Who doesn’t, really? But, I seek these out. I search high and low for recipes that can come together in a snap. I lie awake at night dreaming….

OK, I exaggerate — a little.

But, I do love it when a meal plan comes together in quick fashion without a lot of fuss or prep work. These green beans are one of the major players in that game.

I regularly stock up on bags and bags of frozen green beans, usually of the Trader Joe’s variety. One, they are an easy side dish; and two, my pickiest vegetable eater adores them. That second point is as equally valid, if not more so, than the first. Ha!

Containing only five ingredients — frozen organic green beans, oil or butter, salt, pepper, and garlic — these Easy Garlic Green Beans take about ten minutes to pull together. These beans are great hot. But, if you use olive oil, they are fantastic served cold or at room temperature.

Since the dish is made from the pantry or the freezer, you can whip up a tasty side dish lickety split.

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Easy Garlic Green Beans | Good Cheap Eats
Easy Garlic Green Beans
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Containing only five ingredients: frozen green beans, oil or butter, salt, pepper, and garlic, they take about ten minutes to pull together.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic green beans, green beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 cups frozen green beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a large skillet with a lid, place the beans and water. Turn the heat to medium high and cover the pan. Allow the beans to steam cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Drain off any water that remains.
  2. Push the beans to the side of the pan and add the butter or oil as well as the garlic. Heat, stirring until the butter and garlic are evenly distributed and the beans are hot.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/2 c beans.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Garlic Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I love fresh green beans with garlic, it is the only way I will eat them!

  2. What a beautiful plate of food! love beans, love garlic, thanks!

  3. Thank you for hosting. Those beans look so yummy!

  4. Sauteed green beans are practically a staple at our house. They are one of the only veggies everyone will eat without complaint. We have an Aldi nearby that has some of the very best frozen green beans I have ever encountered–closest thing to fresh I’ve found.

  5. That looks like a yummy plate of food:) I love the combination of green beans and garlic.

  6. Katie says

    Garlic + Geen Beans + Easey = a perfect combo!

  7. Roz says

    Hi and thanks for hosting! I’m your newest follower and linked up a Farfalle Carbonara recipe. I have your button on my post too. I hope you stop by and also join me on my weekend foodie blog hop. I’d be happy to have you join in with all those who share every weekend! Roz

  8. We just use plain basil on our green beans — Love it! But, now you have me thinking: garlic and basil 🙂

  9. These look delicious. I’ve made a similar recipe, with a few sliced red peppers thrown in for color and crunch. It works really well!

  10. thanks for hosting…the beans look great!

  11. Hello! Glad I found this blog and party 🙂 Can’t wait to contribute more and try some of those yummy recipes!

  12. oh this is fun! i am so happy to find so many bloggers doing these sort of blog hops! i’m finding all sorts of good recipes!!

  13. Cheri A. says

    I have been wanting to try this green bean recipe for months, but I always forget about it until it is too late. I finally made these last night. They were a hit with my family. 🙂 I am going to make these for Thanksgiving because we never have the traditional green bean casserole due to my daughter’s allergies. Thanks!!

    • Jessica says

      So glad you liked them!

  14. Great recipe & wonderful for the holidays when we need quick side dishes. Love the color on the plate too! Thanks for this one!

  15. Carla says

    Thanks for the recipe. Our favorite is roasted with garlic, olive oil, and pepper. However, with hotter weather upon us, I will give this a try on one of those “no oven” days.

  16. We were approaching dinner time tonight and I realized I didn’t really have a plan for the fresh green beans that I had other than maybe steaming them, which sounded boring to me. So I googled and your recipe popped up. I read your blog regularly so I decided to see what you had for me. Sounded easy so I decided to try it and I was so pleased with the outcome! Super easy to make and great flavor! I do enjoy steamed green beans (and other veggies), but sometimes I’m just looking for a little something more. With minimal effort I had a great side and even my 3 year old enjoyed them.. Thanks for a great recipe! I will definitely be making green beans this way again!

    • Jessica says

      Isn’t it amazing what just a little “something” can do for it. Glad you enjoyed it!

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