Super Tender Green Beans with Butter and Garlic

Green beans with Butter and Garlic

Today, I have one of the simplest side dish recipes ever. It is super quick to make, but is loaded with delicious flavor! We did a major grocery shopping trip this past Sunday afternoon, and I picked a bag of organic fresh green beans at Trader Joe’s. Speaking of which, TJ’s was insanely busy while we were there! We were dodging shopping carts left and right to get what we needed. I typically avoid grocery stores on Sunday because the stores are always crowded, but my fridge was bare. 🙁

Anyway, on to cooking the green beans. While you’re waiting for your pot of water to come to a boil, you can trim the ends of your green beans. If you’ve never trimmed green beans, here’s a tip on how to trim several at once.

Taking a handful at a time, line the ends of the green beans up, then with a chef’s knife, slice off then ends. Continue until all of the green beans have been trimmed.

When the water has come to a boil, toss in a tablespoon of fine sea salt and add the green beans. While they cook, you can thinly slice the scallions and garlic. I didn’t want the garlic to overpower the green beans, so I chose to thinly slice the garlic instead of mincing. Place those into a large bowl and add a tablespoon of butter.

Here’s where my recipe varies from most of the ones out there. Typically, recipes call for boiling the beans until just tender, which takes between 4-6 minutes. I prefer my green beans to be totally tender, so I let mine cook for 10 minutes. Of course, if you prefer your green beans to still be a bit crisp, you can cook them for the shorter amount of time. That’s completely up to you.

When the green beans have finished cooking, just use a colander to drain them and place into the large bowl. Add some black pepper to taste and then toss with the rest of the ingredients until the butter has melted and coated the beans. Enjoy!

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  • 3 qts. of water
  • 1 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • black pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. While you're waiting for the water to come to a boil, you can trim the ends off your green beans. Once the water has come to a boil, add the salt and green beans, reduce heat and gently boil until very tender, about 10 minutes, then drain in a colander.
  2. Place the sliced scallions and garlic into a large bowl, along with a tbsp of butter. Place the drained green beans into the bowl. Add the black pepper and toss until the butter has melted and coated the green beans.
Recipe Type: Side Dish


If you prefer your green beans to still be a bit crisp, simply cook them until just tender, about 4-6 minutes.


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