Garlic Butter Green Beans Recipe

This green beans recipe makes a quick and delicious side dish for any meal. Fresh green beans soak up the flavors of garlic and butter, so make a double batch; you will want a second helping!

bowl of fresh grean beans with garlic and butter

Green beans are a low calorie way to get plenty of nutrients into your diet. They are a good source of:

  • B vitamins
  • iron
  • fiber
  • protein, and
  • magnesium

As a result, they can help reduce cholesterol, slow the aging process, support bone health, and help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

What is the difference between green beans and snap beans?

The surprise answer is, there is no difference at all! People may call them different things, but they are green beans.

How to shop and prep for this green beans recipe

Green beans are best when they are freshly picked.

Look for beans that are three to four inches long and just starting to bulge. The bright green color is an easy give-away of a fresh bean that will taste amazing.

Before you make the garlic butter green bean recipe, be sure to “top and tail” the beans. This entails using your fingers to pinch a little bit off of each end of the bean. Or, use a kitchen knife to cut the ends off.

Fresh green beans shouldn’t be stringy. If you have beans that are past their prime, you may notice stringy parts. Eating them can be unpleasant so if you notice any strings, just pull them out.

steamed green beans in a bowl

How long should I the beans?

It’s easy to overcook green beans. When they boil too long, they turn dark green and lose all their texture. As a result, they have little flavor and most of the nutrients are lost to the water.

After the water has reached a boil, add the beans and cook them for five to seven minutes. When green beans are properly cooked, they will be bright green and crisp.

In this green bean recipe, we steam the green beans in a pan of water. This helps to ensure they don’t overcook.

RECIPE NOTE: If you’re using thin French style beans, be aware that they cook in half the time of regular green beans.

Can I use butter instead of ghee?

Plain butter is not Whole30 or Paleo approved because of the milk proteins it in. An alternative to butter is ghee, which tastes fantastic on green beans!

Ghee is pure butterfat cooked until all of the moisture is removed. The solids are filtered out. Because the fat from the butter is concentrated, ghee is very nutrient dense.

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bowl of green beans with garlic and butter

Garlic Butter Green Beans Recipe

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
This green beans recipe makes a quick and delicious side dish for any meal. Fresh green beans soak up the flavors of garlic and butter, so make a double batch; you will want a second helping!
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5 from 2 votes


  • 1 pound fresh green beans — trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter — or ghee for Whole30 and Paleo
  • 3 cloves garlic — minced
  • 2 pinches lemon pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Place green beans into a large skillet and cover with water. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Once water is broiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Drain water and bring the pot with the green beans back to the medium heat.
  4. Add butter, stir and cook until butter is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for more 2 minutes. Enjoy!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, garlic, green beans

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 90, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 299mg, Potassium: 254mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 2g

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Garlic Butter Green Beans


Garlic Butter Green Beans Recipe