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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 18 votes
Print Rate
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans, garlic green beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 56kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Marta
    March 5, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    5 stars
    I LOVE garlic and green beans, so I know this is going to be my new go-to side dish for dinner.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:02 AM

      You will love it!!

  • Reply
    Desirée
    March 5, 2020 at 9:59 PM

    5 stars
    Needed this! I needed a nice simple green bean recipe and this is it!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:03 AM

      Thank you! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Anna
    March 6, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    5 stars
    Yum! Another fan of garlic and green beans over here! Love this combination, it’s utterly delicious and perfect to serve with almost any main course!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:03 AM

      Yes I agree! Best combination ever!!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    March 6, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    5 stars
    I love the flavor of Garlic and these beans tossed in their flavor is an awesome and interesting way to enjoy healthy options.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:03 AM

      Thank you Veena!

  • Reply
    Katrina Adams
    March 8, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    5 stars
    Green beans are one of my favorite green vegetables and I haven’t tried fresh yet so this recipe is perfect for me!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:04 AM

      The fresh green beans with garlic is so good!

  • Reply
    Uma Srinivas
    March 8, 2020 at 2:22 PM

    5 stars
    such a simple and easy recipe. I love sauteed garlic in cooked beans. This will be the best side dish and a good pair of steamed brown rice.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:05 AM

      Thank you! It will work really well with steamed brown rice!

  • Reply
    Jacqui DeBono
    March 8, 2020 at 3:51 PM

    5 stars
    I love growing green beans, and eating green beans! They are my go to vegetable, and I especially love them with garlic!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:06 AM

      Thank you! Fresh green beans are my go to as well. They’re so good!!

  • Reply
    Paige
    March 8, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    5 stars
    Boy, I’m going to try this with the splash of vinegar you have at the end..I’ve used other thinks like citrus, but I bet it sends these beans over the top!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:07 AM

      Thank you! The splash of vinegar definitely takes them over the top!

  • Reply
    Rebecca Blackwell
    March 8, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    5 stars
    Yum, yum, yum! I made these this weekend for my family, serving them alongside Chicken Piccata and they were perfect. Bright and flavorful! Everyone loved them!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 12:08 AM

      So glad you and your family enjoyed them and I bet the chicken piccata was amazing!

  • Reply
    Debbie
    March 9, 2020 at 2:08 AM

    5 stars
    These garlic green beans blew me away. I needed an easy side to go with roasted chicken and these were perfect. Simple ingredients brought to life.. Thanks !

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 2:32 PM

      Thank you so much Debbie!

  • Reply
    Jayne Rain
    March 9, 2020 at 6:34 AM

    5 stars
    This looks very simple but the flavor is so amazing. I loved it.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 2:32 PM

      Thank you! I love a simple dish!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    March 9, 2020 at 7:21 AM

    5 stars
    Such a simple yet so healthy and delicious veggie side. I love green beans. This recipe is a keeper!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 2:33 PM

      Thank you Natalie!!

  • Reply
    Sophie
    March 9, 2020 at 8:31 AM

    5 stars
    I have everything to make this dish. Looks so green and flavorful. Thank you.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 2:33 PM

      Yay! I love it when that happens. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Cathleen
    March 9, 2020 at 9:24 AM

    5 stars
    One of my favourite side dishes to make is green beans, but you took them to the next level!! Bookmarked for later

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you Cathleen, hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Tamara J
    March 9, 2020 at 9:27 AM

    5 stars
    This is so simple, yet packed with AMAZING flavor! I love that the green beans come out tender-crisp, so they still have a little bite. They made the perfect side dish!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 9, 2020 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you! That is my favorite thing about this recipe as well!

  • Reply
    Kaluhi
    March 11, 2020 at 12:58 AM

    5 stars
    I can literally taste all the flavors 😍😍😍

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 12, 2020 at 10:21 AM

      Thank you Kaluhi!

  • Reply
    Jazz
    March 11, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried white wine vinegar before but am looking forward to your version!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      March 12, 2020 at 10:22 AM

      Thank you! If you don’t want to buy a whole bottle you can omit it in this recipe.

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