Simple Garlic Green Beans

Simple freezer meals require simple sides. I love the seared green beans you find at a Chinese buffet, which I haven’t touched in years. But, I still love the green beans that they are famous for. I started making this tasty side to go along with virtually anything. They’re so easy, you’ll thank me later :)

Simple Garlic Green Beans


  • Approximately one pound washed and trimmed whole green beans {I use string beans, which are thinner)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Turn a skillet on medium high heat. Add oil, butter and garlic.
  2. Toss in green beans along with water and cover with lid.
  3. Cook quickly until all water evaporates and desired crispness is retained, about ten minutes. Add more water if you desire a softer bean. Check often and pour off any excess water.
  4. Remove lid and slightly blister a few beans on the medium high heat.
  5. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper to taste and savor immediately.
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As you can see, I hardly trim at all. I just wash well and proceed to cook. We serve ours with southern meals, like beef tips with mushroom gravy. Of course they are excellent with any Asian entree, like sesame honey chicken.

What’s your favorite way to serve green beans?

2 thoughts on “Simple Garlic Green Beans

  1. Jill

    I make these all the time, too! While they do whip up in just a few minutes, they will also freeze and reheat pretty well. I usually add them to my spaghetti pie ministry meal packages. I put the beans in a container labeled “just reheat and eat”.

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