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Skillet Green Beans: A Quick and Delicious Side Dish

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Skillet Green Beans

Cooking fresh green beans in a skillet is a simple, quick way to bring healthy and delicious veggies to your table. In just 10-15 minutes, you can create a versatile side dish that pairs perfectly with any meal.

You can make your green beans with just a few ingredients you likely already have at home. Try adding garlic and olive oil for a tasty and easy dish. Experiment with flavors by adding onions, mushrooms, or even bacon, and you’ll be amazed at how much you can elevate this simple dish.

Don’t feel limited by recipes. Spice things up with lemon juice, red pepper flakes, or Parmesan cheese to make the best green beans you’ve ever tasted. Your family will love the fresh, crisp taste that only skillet cooking can achieve. Dive into the recipes and see how easy it is to make this delicious side dish tonight.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make delicious skillet green beans, you’ll need simple ingredients. Here’s a basic list:

  • Green beans: 1 pound, trimmed
  • Oil: 2 tablespoons (olive oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced

If you want a bit more flavor, you can add:

  • Butter: 1-2 tablespoons
  • Red pepper flakes: A pinch, for some heat
  • Water or broth: 1/4 cup, to steam the beans

Possible Substitutes:

  • Green beans: You can use snap peas or thin asparagus instead.
  • Oil: Any cooking oil will work, even coconut oil for a different twist.
  • Salt and Pepper: Garlic salt or seasoned salt can be a fun switch.
  • Garlic: Garlic powder can be used if you’re out of fresh garlic.

Feel free to mix and match these ingredients to suit your taste!


First, gather all your ingredients. You will need fresh green beans, olive oil (or butter), garlic, salt, and pepper. You can also use broth for added flavor.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. If you’re using butter, let it melt completely.

Add the green beans to the skillet. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring often. This helps the beans get a slight crisp on their edges.

Stir in garlic and other seasonings like garlic powder or red pepper flakes. Let the garlic sauté for about 30 seconds until it becomes aromatic.

Pour in the broth (if using) and bring it to a simmer. Cover the skillet with a lid to trap the steam.

Cook covered for 6-10 minutes, depending on how tender you like your green beans. Stir the beans occasionally to make sure they cook evenly.

Remove the lid and give the beans a final stir. Make sure they are evenly coated with the seasonings and cooked to your liking.

Serve your skillet green beans hot and enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  • Using bacon fat: Cook green beans in bacon fat for a rich, smoky flavor. Simply melt the fat in a large skillet before adding the beans.

  • Consistent size: Trim your green beans to similar lengths. This ensures even cooking.

  • Add aromatics: Mix in bell peppers and onions for extra flavor. You can also season with salt and black pepper.

  • Check for doneness: Boiled green beans should be tender but crisp. Avoid overcooking for the best texture.


  • Refrigeration: Store fresh green beans in the refrigerator. Use a plastic bag or a reusable storage bag.

  • Avoid moisture: Wrap beans in a paper towel before storing to avoid excess moisture, which can cause sliminess.

  • Look for bad spots: Remove any beans that are brown or slimy. This helps keep the rest fresh.

  • Optimal freshness: For the best taste, store untrimmed beans. Trim and wash only when you’re ready to cook.


  • Blanch first: Before freezing, blanch green beans in boiling water for about 3 minutes. This preserves their color and texture.

  • Quick cooling: Immediately after blanching, transfer beans to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process.

  • Storage method: Once cooled, drain thoroughly and pack beans into a freezer-safe container or bag. Label with the date to keep track.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

There are many ways to change up your skillet green beans. You can use different oils like olive oil, avocado oil, or even butter. Each one gives the beans a unique flavor.

Spices and Seasonings:

  • Garlic: Adds a rich, aromatic touch.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: For a bit of heat.
  • Italian Seasoning: Herbal taste blend.
  • Onion Powder: Gives a mild sweet taste.

Liquid Additions:

  • Broth: Make the beans more savory.
  • Water: Keeps it simple and low-calorie.

Try adding lemon zest at the end for a fresh twist.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Pair with roasted chicken or grilled fish for a complete meal.
  • Add them to your holiday dinner as a fresh side.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa for a light vegetarian dish.
  • Garnish with slivered almonds or Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.

Feel free to mix and match to find your perfect skillet green beans!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.