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Cooked green beans are top with fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
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Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic

These easy Sautéed Green Beans are quick, delicious, and full of garlic goodness. You only need a few simple ingredients, like green beans, butter, and seasonings along with one pan to make this healthy vegetable side.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 92 kcal


  • 1 lb. green beans trimmed
  • ¼-½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or oil
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper to taste
  • Lemon optional


  1. Pour enough water into a large skillet or saucepan to completely cover the bottom. Bring the water to a boil and then add in the green beans. Reduce the heat to medium, cover with a lid, and let cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the green beans are bright green and tender.
  2. Drain the green beans in a colander in the sink and shake to remove excess liquid.
  3. Add butter and garlic to the dry skillet over medium-low heat and sauté for 30 seconds, or until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add the green beans back into the skillet and toss to completely coat it in the garlic butter sauce. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper and continue to cook over medium-low heat for 3-4 more minutes.
  4. Serve immediately with additional salt and black pepper, to taste, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Trim green beans and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  • To Store: Place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Carefully put green beans in a freezer bag or container. If using a bag or plastic wrap, put a layer of aluminum foil around the outside for additional protection. This step keeps air out and reduces freezer burn. Alternatively, flash freeze green beans in a single layer first to keep them from bunching together.
  • To Reheat: Allow green beans to thaw in the fridge. Cook in skillet over medium heat with additional butter or oil as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 533mg23%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 969IU19%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.