Sometimes you want really rich, delicious, and creamy side dishes like keto green beans, and there are other times when you just want simple, seasoned green beans that go perfectly with chicken.
These seasoned green beans are just that.
Made in a large skillet with fresh sautéed or boiled green beans, these green veggies are simply seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper to 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 is often the best part!
In this simple homemade seasoned green beans recipe, you can add just a bit of butter, garlic, and peppercorns 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, as a 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!
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- sea salt
- fresh-ground peppercorn
- 1 pound freshly made green beans (drained)
How to make Seasoned Green Beans
- First, take fresh green beans and make them tender and crisp. You can use an Instant Pot Green Beans Recipe or trim and boil your beans for approximately 8 minutes.
- Pour olive oil, butter, and garlic into a skillet and heat, mixing the garlic up for approx. 1–2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add cooked green beans to pan and heat, coating green beans with butter and garlic
- Serve hot, sprinkled with salt and ground peppercorns.
- Optional: Add cheese to the pan and melt it before serving, or see more ideas for seasoning below!
Alternative Green Bean 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.
Try your green beans with:
- Chopped Onion: Chop some onion into bite-sized pieces and throw in at the same time you are sautéing 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 the 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
More Delicious Green Bean 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 cheese
I think it goes without saying that cheese and any veggies are 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, letting them melt down, and enjoying. It’s not fancy, just melted shredded cheese, but anything you can do a cheese pull with is good.
Plus, my kids love it when I add cheese to 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.
Sauteed 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