4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Simple, garlicky beans are a great side dish to any meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add beans; cook 5 minutes. Plunge beans into ice water; drain.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and oil; swirl until butter melts. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Remove garlic; set aside. Add beans; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Top with garlic.

Step 3

SESAME-SOY variation: Prepare beans through step Heat 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper; sauté 30 seconds. Add beans, 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds. Yield: 4 servings.

Step 4

CALORIES 72; FAT 8g (sat 5g); SODIUM 214mg

Step 5

CITRUS-NUT variation: Prepare green beans through step Combine beans, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; toss. Combine 2 tablespoons finely chopped blanched hazelnuts, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind, and 1 minced garlic clove; sprinkle over beans. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 90; FAT 7g (sat 7g); SODIUM 156mg

Step 6

PEPPERY BACON variation: Prepare green beans through step Cook 2 chopped bacon slices in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Add 2 tablespoons chopped shallots; sauté 2 minutes. Add beans; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 2 minutes. Top with bacon. Yield: 4 servings.

Step 7

CALORIES 76; FAT 6g (sat 3g); SODIUM 231mg

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

The bacon version...

March 10, 2016
I thought it was delicious, and though no doubt a bit more time consuming than the standard version, it was quite good.  I used thick thick cut bacon, which might have boosted the flavor while hurting the "light" aspect, and I also added two cloves of garlic because...well...why wouldn't you add garlic to shallots, bacon, and green beans?!?!

JeanetteRyan's Review

November 28, 2013

tabithadavis's Review

August 26, 2013
Very good. Even my 4-year old raves about these. Very easy.

lwright311's Review

August 06, 2013
I don't even like green beans but these were delicious. I even used the leftovers in a quick stir fry the next day and that was great.

buenacena's Review

January 22, 2012
Great. Simple, tasty, and healthy.

mrscrazyed's Review

September 21, 2011
I must have done something wrong. I followed the recipe exactly, and my garlic was anything but toasted. We were very disappointed in this dish.

crysmys's Review

July 22, 2011
Tried the soy-sesame version. Will definitely make again, but with less red pepper.

HiloFoodie's Review

July 22, 2011
Simple and delicious. Even our 3 year old ate quite a bit - which is saying something. I did the garlic/butter/olive oil variation, with extra garlic.

AndreaShark's Review

June 27, 2011
This was an easy way to add a little something extra (je ne sais quois?) to green beans. The beans were nice & firm, and the garlic was not overpowering. Good enough to serve at Thanksgiving, but quick enough to make on a weeknight.