Easy Garlicky Green Beans

This Garlicky Green Bean recipe uses French green beans, or haricot vert.  This is a type of green bean that is thinned and usually harvested earlier than the thicker “green bean” that Americans are used to eating.  They’re not the most common item in my area, but they can be found, and make a great side item.  If all you can find are fresh green beans, then simply add a bit of time to this recipe, as the thicker blue lake green bean will need more time to cook.

Easy Garlicky Green Beans

This recipe is so easy to cook, I’m not going to make you read through a lot of writing to get to the recipe.  It is basically a 2 part cooking process.  First, put the green beans in a skillet with about 1/3 cup water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Let them steam for around 6-7 minutes.  I check them through this process, and if they are getting tender, just drain off the remaining water and start sautéing them.

When they are done steaming, add some cooking olive oil and turn up the heat.  Add in 2-3 cloves minced garlic, and salt and pepper.  I then use my Lucky 7 Seasoning, but you may be happy with just S&P.  Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the green beans have a bit of a blister.  Then serve!  Not that’s a super-easy, 10 minute side dish that is full of flavor!

Options on Garlicky Green Beans

As I referenced, I cook this side dish often, as it goes with so many different mains.  I also make some variations on it that are also quite easy.

-Add in thinly sliced onions when sautéing

-Saute thinly sliced mushrooms in a bit of oil and even Woo Woo Sauce, then remove from skillet before steaming the green beans.  After you’re through steaming, add the mushrooms back in to finish cooking with the green beans.  This is my husbands favorite.

-Sprinkle with shredded parmesan after cooking.  As parmesan cheese is salty, be careful when using your salt earlier in the recipe.

As always, I hope you enjoy!

Looking for more side dish recipes?  Try my  Spicy Sausage and Butternut Casserole and my Instant Pot Cajun Rice  recipes!

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Easy Garlicky Green Beans


From start to finish, you can have this flavorful side dish on the table in around 10-12 minutes.  It’s super easy to cook, delicious, and goes with almost any main dish.  What more could you ask for?



12 oz French Green Beans or Haricot Vert

1/41/3 cup water

1 TBS cooking olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp Melissa’s Lucky 7 Seasoning Blend

S&P, to taste


In a large skillet over medium high heat, add green beans and water.  Cover, and let steam for 6-8 minutes, checking occasionally.  When beans are getting tender, drain off water, add oil, garlic, and Lucky 7 to pan and sauté to crisp up the beans and cook the garlic.  Add Salt and Pepper to taste, and serve.