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Garlic butter sauteed green beans

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Healthy fresh garlic butter sauteed green beans are so fresh and delicious! This easy stovetop dish will become your favorite side dish at Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other family dinner. Quick and kid friendly.

butter garlic green beans

Delicious crunchy green beans sauteed with garlic and butter! Sounds yummy even for my kids who don’t usually like green beans. The recipe is very easy to follow and i have step by step photos of the cooking process too.

How long do you boil green beans

If you use my method of cooking green beans, try to boil them first in a big pot of water for 5 minutes. Then quickly drain them and transfer to the skillet for a quick saute. Green beans are not taking too long to cook, its very easy to make them too soft and mushy. So watch your time closely!

This side dish recipe will be one of the easiest on my site. Quick note: trimming green beans takes actually more time then cooking them!

Garlic butter sauteed green beans tips

For best results use fresh garlic. Just mince it and add when the butter is hot for the best flavor. I don’t like using premade minced garlic sold in most stores that much but it definitely saves time.

You can use garlic powder in this recipe. That’s easy and not messy at all. Just add 1 teaspoon of powder either to melted butter or right on top of green beans while cooking. Not the best method but definitely quick an easy.

I used unsalted butter, this way use can see how much salt you put yourself. But of course its optional.

What to eat it with

Green beans are a classic dish at the Holiday season. Make them on Thanksgiving or Christmas and pair with delicious beef roast, whole roasted chicken or turkey.

Its also yummy to top bean with some cranberry sauce and serve next to garlicky mashed potatoes.

If you own a smoker, try some of my favorite Holiday recipes like smoked whole turkey and smoked pork ribs.


Cooked green beans will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave. Yes you can freeze green beans. Best if you freeze it in freezer friendly air tight containers. It will help with the flavor when you will be reheating it.

I like to eat green beans leftovers next day. They are still so flavorful when reheated and pair really well with other leftovers.

You can also reheat it in air fryer. Just add beans in to the air fryer basket and heat at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-5 minutes. They will be crispy and delicious!

Well, this dish is great not only for Thanksgiving. Try to make this garlic butter sauteed green beans for a family weekend dinner. Its also easy enough to cook during the week or to bring to a friends potluck. So good hot or cold!

More side dishes to try:

  1. Sauteed vegetables
  2. Brussels sprouts and bacon recipe
  3. Instant pot mashed butternut squash
  4. Instant Pot collard greens with bacon
  5. Creamed corn

Great as a side dish to your smoked turkey breast or Instant Pot turkey legs with gravy. Nothing can beat homemade comfort food.

green beans in the bowl
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Garlic butter sauteed green beans

Healthy fresh green beans sauteed on the skillet with garlic and butter recipe! This easy stovetop dish will become your favorite side dish at Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other family dinner. Quick and kid friendly.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter garlic green beans, sauteed green beans
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 1 lb fresh green beans trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • Place green beans in to the large skillet. Cover them with water and let cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain. Add butter to the skillet and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and saute for 1 minute. Done!


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Friday 17th of November 2023

Can you substitute frozen green beans?


Monday 20th of November 2023

Sorry didn't try to make it with frozen green beans


Wednesday 14th of June 2023

Very good! Husband loved them, too. Might add some onion or bacon for a different variation.


Tuesday 8th of November 2022

Can you double the recipe

Alison Ramos

Monday 8th of August 2022

I made these green beans yesterday and they were perfect! Crunchy and flavorful! I added a couple more cloves of garlic (preference) and my family says this recipe is a keeper. Thank you.


Sunday 31st of July 2022

Super easy, super tasty!