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Made with fresh or frozen produce, these simple Garlic Butter Green Beans are packed with so much flavor! Sure to become a favorite veggie side dish, you’ll make this easy gluten-free, vegetarian, Whole30, and paleo-friendly recipe again and again.

A close up look at a white bowl of green beans topped with garlic

You won’t find a simpler veggie side dish than these delicious green beans! From stove to table, they’re ready in only 10 minutes. And while they’re great for a holiday side dish, they really shine as a weeknight recipe that the whole family will love.

If you are into gardening, two key components of this recipe can be grown in your very own yard! Check out this post on how to plant garlic step by step and DIY garden trellises.

What’s In This Recipe?

Just a few simple ingredients:

  • Green beans
  • Butter (use ghee for Whole30/paleo, or vegan butter to make it dairy-free)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh garlic
  • Flaky salt (I used Maldon)

A bowl of green beans, olive oil, butter, salt, and garlic

If you have leftover beans, try your hand at Garlic Butter Green Beans, Refrigerator Dilly Beans, Crispy Air Fryer Green Bean Fries, and Stir-Fried Green Beans. I’ll even show you how to can green beans in this post.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You can absolutely make these ahead of time as part of your meal prep! Simply blanch the green beans (instructions here in How to Blanch and Freeze Green Beans) and store in an air-tight container for up to three days. Add to the pan once the garlic butter is ready.
  • To make this an even faster dish, use frozen pre-chopped garlic (related: How to Freeze Garlic the Easy Way).
  • That awesome saucepan below is from Mealthy and I love how heavy it is for perfect solid heating.
  • If using canned beans, drain well and toss in the garlic butter sauce for only 1-2 minutes or until they are heated through. You don’t want to overcook them.
  • If using frozen beans, briefly heat in the microwave (~1 minute) or steamer basket (~2 minutes) before adding to the garlic butter.

6 step by step photos showing how to make garlic butter green beans on the stove


  • Everyone has a preference for the texture of their beans. For an al dente bite, follow the instructions below. Beans are ready in the steamer basket when they are bright green and vibrant. See recipe notes for softer texture cooking notes.
  • Like a mellower garlic flavor? Try roasted like Air Fryer Roasted Garlic or Instant Pot Roasted Garlic.
  • Top with delicious homemade Crispy Fried Onions for a delicious take on green bean casserole.
  • Add some zested lemon and a sprinkle of Parmesan or pecorino romano to take this dish to the next level.

A white bowl with green beans and a copper fork on a white board

More Delicious Vegetable Side Dishes You’ll Love

5 from 3 ratings

Garlic Butter Green Beans {Vegetarian, Whole30}

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
A close up look at a white bowl of green beans topped with garlic
Sure to become a favorite veggie side dish, you'll love this easy recipe.


  • 2 cups green beans {trimmed}
  • 2 tbsp salted butter or ghee {ghee for Whole30}
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic {minced}
  • pinch of salt {optional}


  • Trim the ends of green beans.
  • Add 1-2 inches of water to a saucepan and fit with a steamer basket. Bring to a full boil before adding the beans.
  • Reduce heat to medium, steam green beans covered for 4-5 minutes (larger beans may take 5-6). Remove from heat.
  • While the beans are steaming, heat a skillet over medium heat. Melt butter in hot skillet.
  • Add olive oil and minced garlic to the melted butter. Cook until garlic is lightly browned (2-3 minutes), stirring often.
  • Add steamed beans to the garlic butter and toss to coat. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until they have reached your desired texture.


Beans will be al dente following the directions in the recipe. If you prefer a softer green bean texture, steam for an extra 1-2 minutes, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes in the garlic butter.
Meal prep these by blanching the green beans (instructions here in How to Blanch and Freeze Green Beans) and storing in an air-tight container for up to three days. Add to the pan once the garlic butter is ready.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 554IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. I just finished making and eating these green beans with garlic butter two nights in a row. So easy, yet so delicious. I have friends coming for dinner on Sunday and this has just replaced the other vegetable. I was going to serve! People, don’t let the simplicity of this recipe. Keep you from trying it. It is my new favorite way to eat green beans. Thanks, Sarah!5 stars

    1. Love to hear that, Paulette! This is one of my favorites as well, and it’s great for leftovers.

      If you’re now excited about simple green bean recipes, check out my green beans in tomato sauce. I sometimes through in some cubed and cooked potatoes and slice chicken sausage (I cook it in the air fryer) on top.