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Garlic Green Beans

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Garlic Green Beans is fresh green beans dressed up with sauteed garlic, salt, pepper, and white wine vinegar to make this side dish anything but boring.

garlic green beans in a bowl with a napkin

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But enough about that.

Sometimes with fresh veggies, all you really need is a few basics ingredients to make them delicious. With this recipe, those basic ingredients are salt, pepper, olive oil, and a splash of vinegar at the end. The good thing about this recipe is you probably already have most of these items in your kitchen.

What main ingredients to make the best garlic green bean recipe?

close up side view of fresh green beans and sliced garlic in bowls with napkins

  1. Fresh green beans
  2. Garlic
  3. Olive oil
  4. White wine vinegar

How do you prep green beans?

For this recipe, make sure that you purchase fresh green beans that can be found in the produce section of the grocery store. These can be whole or already cut depending on your preference. If you get the whole green beans, then you will need to do a little prep work before starting the recipe.

Next, carefully grab a cutting board and a knife. Use these to trim the green beans. Cut a small amount at a time and trim both ends of the green beans. Remove any loose strings on the green beans by hand. Wash the green beans after trimming and then they are ready to use in the recipe.

How to Make Garlic Green Beans:

The first thing that you will do to make these easy garlic green beans is to make the garlic oil. To do this you will heat garlic, olive oil, and a pinch of sugar in the microwave in a small dish. This really gives the green beans their flavor and helps to soften the garlic much faster.

garlic oil for garlic green beans in small white bowl with napkin

Next, you will sauté the green beans in the garlicky oil for a few minutes and finish the recipe by adding some white wine vinegar, which makes this dish tasty and fresh. No worries as the small amount of white wine vinegar is not overpowering.

green beans in large skillet for garlic green beans

This recipe is quick and easy to prepare within a few minutes and is the perfect side dish to compliment any meal.

Do you have to blanch green beans before cooking?

No, for this recipe it isn’t necessary. However, these green beans will still have a bit of a crunch and crisp texture to them and will not be overcooked. If you prefer a super tender green bean, then you may not enjoy this recipe as much. If you enjoy the Asian inspired green beans that you find in restaurants, then you will like this recipe.

Can I substitute canned or frozen green beans instead?

No, not in this recipe. It requires the use of fresh green beans only.

overhead view garlic green beans in a bowl

overhead view garlic green beans in a bowl

Garlic Green Beans

Garlic Green Beans is fresh green beans dressed up with sauteed garlic, salt, pepper, and white wine vinegar to make this side dish anything but boring.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans, garlic green beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 56kcal


  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of sugar
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, stir together the garlic slices, olive oil, a pinch of sugar, and microwave for 45 seconds until the garlic has softened.
  • In a medium skillet, heat half of the garlic oil over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
  • Add the green beans, water, cover, and cook the green beans about 3 minutes or until they are bright green.
  • Add in the other half of the garlic oil, cover, and cook for another 3 minutes. Uncover the green beans and stir occasionally cooking the beans for another 3 minutes, until the garlic becomes golden.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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close up side view garlic green beans in a bowl

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