These sautéed green beans are my favorite way to make green beans! This recipe is quick and easy, and produce the most tender and delicious green beans. They are flavored simply with fresh garlic, salt and pepper which allows the natural flavors to shine through. Sautéed green beans make the perfect side to serve with anything like grilled steak, chicken, meatloaf, or even pasta dishes and are perfect to bring to a barbecue!
Sautéed Green Beans Recipe
These sautéed green beans are pretty much my go to recipe for when I need a side to go with anything. I feel like they can compliment pretty much any dish from any cuisine so whether I am making chicken rice casserole or caprese chicken, these are a perfect side dish. I love that they are made all in one pan on the stove top. That makes it quick and easy both to make and clean up. And goodness knows with three busy kiddos I need help cleaning up!
There are a few reasons besides how easy they are that I love this recipe. First, green beans are super heathy. They are low fat, high in fiber, and pack a punch with nutrients. They tend to be a pretty kid friendly vegetable too, so even though this recipe makes “grown up quality” green beans, the kids will usually eat them too without a fuss.
How to serve Sautéed Green Beans
You can find green beans as a staple food in many different types of cuisines and ethnic regions. This makes them a really versatile side dish for almost anything you find yourself cooking up, from American to Asian, or even Italian. Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve these sautéed green beans with:
- Grilled meats like steak, chicken or pork chops
- Casseroles like my bacon ranch chicken
- Traditional American dishes like meat loaf
- Or you can make chicken and top it over the green beans for a complete meal in itself
When you serve the green beans themselves you can dish them out straight up, or choose a few things to top or garnish them with. I usually do them plain, but if I feel fancy here are a few delicious options:
- Lemon- just squeeze some fresh juice over top
- Red pepper flakes- add as much as you like for flavor and heat
- Sesame Seeds or pine nut- lightly toast them and sprinkle over top
- Parmesan- this is another go to for us!
- Feta- combine with a squeeze of lemon for a real treat
- Sriracha- A little squeeze looks beautiful with the color and adds lots of flavor!
How to make Sautéed Green Beans
This recipe is very simple to make, but there are a few variations you can use based on your taste preferences. I will walk through the sautéed green beans recipe with you here so that if you have questions it will hopefully get them answered. If not feel free to drop them in the comments section below and I can try my best to get you an answer. If you just want the quick version of this recipe, feel free to jump down to the printable recipe card below.
How do I Cook Fresh Green Beans?
Fresh green beans can be cooked in many ways. You can blanch, boil, roast, or my personal favorite, sauté (or pan fry) them on the stove top. Since fresh green beans are fairly tough when they are raw, cooking helps to soften them, making the green beans much easier to eat. I prefer to use thin green beans, also sometimes called hericots verts, because they cook more quickly, but you can use either regular or thin green beans in this sautéed green beans recipe.
How do I prep the green beans for cooking?
To prepare the green beans for cooking simply wash them and chop or break off the ends of each bean. If you want to save time, you can find the beans pre cut in the produce section of many grocery stores. I got mine precut at Trader Joe’s.
What do I season green beans with?
In this recipe we keep the seasonings very simple with just salt, pepper and garlic to compliment the natural flavor of the green beans. You can add additional seasonings per your taste preference. Some other flavors that work well with green beans are:
- greek seasoning
- ranch seasoning
- Old Bay seasoning
You can also look at the serving suggestions above and combine these with some of the toppings there for a variety of ways to season your green beans.
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Sautéed Green Beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 12 oz green beans
- 2 cloves garlic fresh
- 1/8 tsp salt - or to taste
- 1/8 tsp pepper - or to taste
- parmesan cheese
- toasted pine nuts
- crushed red pepper flakes
- fresh chopped parsley
- Rinse and dry the green beans completely. Break or cut off the ends of each bean.
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Once heated add the green beans and cook for 6-7 minutes for thin green beans, or 8-9 minutes for thick green beans, stirring regularly until they begin to soften and brown slightly on the outside.
- Use a garlic press to press in the garlic. Then stir in the salt and pepper to taste and cook and additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Garnish as desired and serve.
- gluten free
- dairy free
- low carb
- Whole30 compliant
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)