Yield
4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Simple, garlicky beans are a great side dish to any meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add beans; cook 5 minutes. Plunge beans into ice water; drain.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and oil; swirl until butter melts. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Remove garlic; set aside. Add beans; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Top with garlic.

Step 3

SESAME-SOY variation: Prepare beans through step Heat 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper; sauté 30 seconds. Add beans, 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds. Yield: 4 servings.

Step 4

CALORIES 72; FAT 8g (sat 5g); SODIUM 214mg

Step 5

CITRUS-NUT variation: Prepare green beans through step Combine beans, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; toss. Combine 2 tablespoons finely chopped blanched hazelnuts, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind, and 1 minced garlic clove; sprinkle over beans. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 90; FAT 7g (sat 7g); SODIUM 156mg

Step 6

PEPPERY BACON variation: Prepare green beans through step Cook 2 chopped bacon slices in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Add 2 tablespoons chopped shallots; sauté 2 minutes. Add beans; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 2 minutes. Top with bacon. Yield: 4 servings.

Step 7

CALORIES 76; FAT 6g (sat 3g); SODIUM 231mg

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

The bacon version...

buenacena
March 10, 2016
I thought it was delicious, and though no doubt a bit more time consuming than the standard version, it was quite good.  I used thick thick cut bacon, which might have boosted the flavor while hurting the "light" aspect, and I also added two cloves of garlic because...well...why wouldn't you add garlic to shallots, bacon, and green beans?!?!

JeanetteRyan's Review

lwright311
November 28, 2013
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tabithadavis's Review

HiloFoodie
August 26, 2013
Very good. Even my 4-year old raves about these. Very easy.

lwright311's Review

mrscrazyed
August 06, 2013
I don't even like green beans but these were delicious. I even used the leftovers in a quick stir fry the next day and that was great.

buenacena's Review

AndreaShark
January 22, 2012
Great. Simple, tasty, and healthy.

mrscrazyed's Review

mandofan
September 21, 2011
I must have done something wrong. I followed the recipe exactly, and my garlic was anything but toasted. We were very disappointed in this dish.

crysmys's Review

tabithadavis
July 22, 2011
Tried the soy-sesame version. Will definitely make again, but with less red pepper.

HiloFoodie's Review

JeanetteRyan
July 22, 2011
Simple and delicious. Even our 3 year old ate quite a bit - which is saying something. I did the garlic/butter/olive oil variation, with extra garlic.

AndreaShark's Review

crysmys
June 27, 2011
This was an easy way to add a little something extra (je ne sais quois?) to green beans. The beans were nice & firm, and the garlic was not overpowering. Good enough to serve at Thanksgiving, but quick enough to make on a weeknight.