A Simple Holiday Side Dish—Green Beans With Garlic

You can create this classic, healthy and flavorful side dish very easy. Just use fresh green beans and garlic. 

Beans With Garlic
Beans With Garlic


Serves 4 as small side

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or… butter!)
  • 2 garlic cloves , finely minced 
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper


Trim Fresh Green Beans
Preparing Green Beans

Trim The Fresh Beans

STEP 1: First, line up the beans on your cutting board so the tips are all even. You can either keep them somewhat bunched up or spread them out.

STEP 2: Next, using a chef’s knife or paring knife, cut off the tips with just one slice.

STEP 3: Flip the beans so the tips will be closer to the hand you cut with, and realign them if necessary. Once again, slice the beans in a single motion.

Cooking Method

STEP 1: Blanch beans: Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil with 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the vegetable and cook for 4 minutes (they will turn bright green), drain, then rinse under cold tap water to cool. (There’s really no need to shock in ice water). Shake off excess water.

STEP 2: Sauté: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans and garlic. Toss (or stir!) for 2 minutes until the garlic is golden and crispy. Add salt and pepper, then toss.

STEP 3: Serve: Transfer beans to the serving dish. Serve warm!

Prepare ahead: Blanch beans per step 1, cool and dry, and store in the fridge until required. When ready to serve, just toss with garlic then enjoy!

Main Course ideas…

Honey Glazed Ham

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Turkey

Reference: Nagi (2021) Sautéed green beans with garlic, RecipeTin Eats. Available at: https://www.recipetineats.com/garlic-sauteed-green-beans/ (Accessed: December 11, 2022). 

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