There are times you want really rich, delicious and creamy side dishes like green beans with cream cheese and there are other times, when you just want simple seasoned green beans that go perfect with chicken. These seasoned green beans are just that.
Made in a large skillet with your fresh sautÃ©ed or boiled green beans, these simply seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper make the most delicious, perfect green beans the way they should be.
Seasoned Green Beans with Garlic
Green beans don’t have to be complicated
to enjoy them – in fact, enjoying veggies as they are grown are often the best part!
In this simple homemade seasoned green beans recipe, you can add just a bit of butter, garlic and peppercorn to really dial up the flavor. And if you want something more over the top (or if your kids won’t eat them without cheese, smother some cheese.
Also, side note, I find green beans the easiest to work with when you use tongs to take them in and out of the pan. They don’t always fit a spoon well unless they are tiny or canned beans, so tongs are the saving grace here!
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- sea salt
- fresh ground peppercorn
- 1 pound freshly made green beans (drained)
- First take your fresh green beans and make them tender crisp. You can either use an Instant Pot Green Beans Recipe or trim and boil your beans for approximately 8 minutes.
- Pour olive oil, butter and garlic into skillet and heat, mixing garlic up for approx. 1-2 minutes and fragrant.
- Add cooked green beans to pan and heat, coating green beans with butter and garlic
- Serve hot, sprinkled with salt and ground peppercorn.
- (OPTIONAL) Add cheese to pan and melt down before serving – or more ideas to season below!
Alternative Green Beans Seasoning
No matter whether you are working with fresh green beans, canned green beans or frozen green beans, they do need a bit of seasoning to really amp up the flavor. I like mine with garlic, salt and pepper as shown, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy green beans every night of the week in different ways.
Also try your green beans with:
- Chopped Onion – chop down some onion into bite sized pieces and throw in at the same time you are sautÃ©ing your green beans
- Basil Pesto
- Butter and Lemon Juice – squeeze a little bit of fresh lemon juice and melted butter into the pan
- Soy Sauce & Sesame Seeds – easy to make Japanese inspired beans with a little bit of soy
- Sesame Oil and Garlic – I love this Asian take with just a tiny bit of sesame oil
- Soft Cheeses like Blue Cheese, Feta Cheese or Goat Cheese – soft cheeses melt in the heat and stick to the bean
- Add Diced Tomatoes – you can easily add tomatoes for a fresh splash of color
- Add Crispy Bacon – cooking bacon also makes every bit of bean taste great. Skip the oil and just use bacon grease for a special treat
- Cayenne or Chili Powder – remember that a pinch goes a long way with these two spice seasonings
- Simmering in Broth – if you are going to boil your beans, boil in some fresh chicken broth so they soak up some of that beautiful flavoring
Green Beans Recipes
Need more green bean side dish recipes? I mean who could have enough! Not me!!
- Classic Casserole with Green Beans
- Feta Green Bean Salad with Grape Tomatoes
- 3 Bean Salad with Cold Green Beans
- Green Beans Almondine with Feta
- Southern Green Beans and Bacon
Green Beans and Cheese | Keto Friendly
Same recipe as above, plus
- 2 cups cheddar cheeseÂ
I think it goes without saying that cheese and any veggies is a yes! I prefer my 5 minute cheese sauce for all veggies, but there is a lot of simplicity in just adding a few cups of cheese to green beans, let melt down and enjoy. Its not fancy, just melted shredded cheese, but anything you can do a cheese pull with is good.
Plus my kids love when I added cheese on veggies so they presumably don’t have to see the green stuff.
Buttery Minced Garlic Green Beans
When it comes to vegetables you really want to use butter. Is that a rule? If not, it should be.
SautÃ©ed vegetables, roasted vegetables or even skillet veggies all deserve a spattering of greens. Here are a few of my naked vegetables that really love easy seasonings like plain old butter and salt:
- Honey Glazed Rainbow Carrots
- Fresh Oven Roasted Carrots
- Pan Roasted Asparagus and new Potatoes
- Simple roasted butternut squash
- Oven Roasted broccoli with garlic and butter
- Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Minced Garlic