Sautéed Garlic Green Beans

This 4 ingredient recipe for garlicky green beans is especially quick if using frozen green beans.

These green beans are inspired by my mom’s Kerala-style green beans. In addition to garlic, she used sliced onions, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.

The onions and green beans were cooked until they browned and caramelized, and they are oh so delicious! It’s still one of my favorite Indian vegetable dishes.

My version is a simple western twist of the dish.

Though I don’t include all those lovely Indian ingredients, I did choose to keep the garlic and use lots more of it!

How to Make Garlic Green Beans

My preference is to use a bag of frozen green beans because they are quick and easy! If using fresh green beans, rinse 1 pound and trim if needed. Set aside.

Then mince or crush 1/4 cup of garlic cloves. Place a large skillet over medium heat and when it’s hot, add in some olive oil. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the garlic.

Sauté the garlic until it’s fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.

Next, add in the green beans and mix with the garlic.

Keep stirring and sautéing for 8-10 minutes or until the green beans have softened and become tender but still have a bite to them.

As the green beans cook, some of the garlic and it’s juice will start to brown at the bottom of the pan, especially if the garlic was crushed.

It is called fond and adds flavor to the dish. Just make sure the garlic doesn’t burn!

Now add a splash of sherry or wine, about 2-3 teaspoons worth. Deglaze the pan by using a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned garlic bits.

Wine is optional, but gives a nice acidic flavor and brightens up the green beans.

For a non-alcoholic version, try a small splash of vinegar or lemon juice, or even broth (though it lacks acidity).

You will need some sort of liquid to deglaze the pan. Not so much to create a sauce, but enough to coat the green beans with the garlic.

Stir the beans well and take off heat. Then season with a healthy amount of salt and pepper.

That’s it, so simple yet so full of flavor!

Not only are these green beans perfect for a special holiday meal, they are also easy enough to make on a busy weeknight.

 

What My Kids say:
10 year-old: “They’re salty and have a lot of flavor.”
7 year-old: “I like the seasoning on top of it. I suggest you can also use fried onions on it.”

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Joby's Test Kitchen recipe for garlicky green beans.

Sautéed Garlic Green Beans

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Tender green beans sautéed with sweet garlic and olive oil.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 1-2 tbsps (15-30ml) olive oil
  • ¼ cup garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 2-4 tsps dry sherry or white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • If using fresh green beans, rinse them and trim if needed. Set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. When it's hot add the olive oil. When the oil starts to shimmer, add in the garlic.
  • Sauté the garlic until fragrant about 30-60 seconds.
  • Next add the green beans and mix with the garlic. Keep stirring and sautéing for 8-10 minutes or until the green beans have softened and the garlic starts to brown at the bottom of the pan. Make sure it doesn’t burn.
  • Now add a splash of sherry or wine, about 2-3 teaspoons worth. Deglaze the pan by using a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned garlic bits.
  • Stir well and take off heat. Season with a healthy amount of salt and pepper.
Keyword garlic, green beans, vegetables, vegetarian