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Crispy garlic butter green beans Recipe: your new favorite side dish

Garlic Butter Green Beans are about to become your go-to side dish. Not only are they tasty and versatile, but they’re also straightforward to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a no-boil recipe, you’ll have an unforgettable dish with everyone asking for seconds. So let’s dive into the world of sautéed, crispy garlic butter green beans and learn how to make this mouthwatering side dish.

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Garlic Butter Green Beans: A Delicious Side Dish with European Roots

While the exact origin of Crispy Garlic Butter Green Beans is unclear, this delicious side dish likely has roots in both French and Italian cuisine. However, using green or French beans points towards a European influence. Additionally, the combination of garlic, butter, and olive oil is a classic flavor profile found in many Mediterranean dishes. Over the years, variations of this dish have been adapted and enjoyed in kitchens worldwide, making it a popular and flavorful choice for those looking to elevate their side dish game.

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Tips for Perfect Garlic Butter Green Beans Every Time

  • Choose fresh, crisp green beans: To ensure the best flavor and texture, select green beans that are bright in color and snap easily when bent. Avoid beans that appear shriveled or have dark spots.
  • Adjust the heat: If the garlic or chili flakes are browning too quickly, reduce the heat slightly to prevent burning. Burnt garlic can have a bitter taste that may overpower the dish.
  • Add your twist: Don’t be afraid to customize this recipe to your liking. You can add herbs, spices, or even a splash of lemon juice to create your signature Garlic Butter Green Beans.
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Pairing Ideas for Your Garlic Butter Green Beans

Since these Crispy Garlic Butter Green Beans are so versatile, they’ll pair beautifully with various main dishes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Grilled or roasted chicken: The garlicky, buttery flavor of the green beans is an excellent match for the savory taste of chicken. Serve your beans and grilled or roasted chicken for a satisfying meal.
  • Pan-seared fish: Light, flaky fish like salmon or cod pairs wonderfully with the bold flavors of these green beans. The garlic butter sauce’s richness complements the fish’s delicate texture, creating a harmonious balance.
  • Steak: A juicy, tender steak and Crispy Garlic Butter Green Beans make for a mouthwatering, hearty meal. The robust flavors of the beans can stand up to the intense taste of a perfectly cooked steak.
  • Vegetarian dishes: Pair your green beans with a hearty grain, like quinoa or brown rice, and a flavorful protein, such as marinated tofu or tempeh, for a completely vegetarian or vegan meal.
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Garlic Butter Green Beans Are a Must-Try

This crispy, garlicky, and slightly spicy side dish will make a fantastic addition to your culinary repertoire. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you’ll make this delicious dish repeatedly. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your favorite protein or as a stand-alone vegetarian option. So, the next time you’re looking for a way to elevate your green beans, give this Crispy Garlic Butter Green Beans recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

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Garlic Butter Green Beans

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Course: Sides, AppetizersCuisine: French, ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Forget about boiling your green beans! This sautéed recipe eliminates the need for boiling, ensuring your beans retain their vibrant color, flavor, and crispness. Instead, follow these eight simple steps to create your masterpiece.

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  • 400 grams 400 grams Green Beans (French Beans)

  • 2 cloves 2 cloves Garlic (Grated to a Paste)

  • 1 tsp 3.1 g Garlic Powder

  • 2 tsp kg Chili Flakes

  • 2 tsbp 2 tsbp Unsalted Butter

  • 1 tbsp 14.79 ml Olive Oil

  • Sea Salt to Taste

  • Black Ground Pepper


  • Heat olive oil: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Melt butter: Add two tablespoons of unsalted butter to the skillet once the oil is hot. Allow the butter to melt, mixing it with the olive oil. The combination of butter and olive oil adds depth of flavor and helps prevent the butter from burning.
  • Sauté chili flakes: Add two teaspoons to the skillet when the butter has melted. Sauté the chili flakes for 30 seconds to infuse the oil with a spicy kick. Remember, you can constantly adjust the number of chili flakes to suit your preferences.
  • Add garlic powder and stir: Add one teaspoon of garlic powder to the skillet and stir it into the butter mixture. This will give your green beans an extra boost of garlicky goodness.
  • Add beans: Now it’s time to add the star of the show – French beans (green beans). Make sure to trim the ends before adding them to the skillet. Sauté the beans, ensuring they are evenly coated in the butter mixture.
  • Season with salt and pepper: As the beans cook, season them with sea salt and ground pepper to taste. The salt and pepper will help enhance the flavors and give the beans a savory edge.
  • Add garlic paste: After the beans have cooked for about 5-7 minutes, add two cloves of grated garlic paste. The grated garlic will release its aroma and infuse the dish with even more garlic flavor. Continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes until the beans are tender-crisp and the garlic is lightly golden.
  • Serve: Your Crispy Garlic Butter Green Beans are now ready to serve! Transfer them to a serving platter and watch your family and friends devour this tasty, garlicky side dish.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Crispy Garlic Butter Green Beans?

They are a sautéed green bean dish flavored with garlic, butter, and olive oil, serving as a popular and flavorful side dish.

Where did Garlic Butter Green Beans originate?

It likely has roots in French and Italian cuisine, with influences in its ingredient choice and flavor profile.

What food pairs well with these green beans?

They go well with many main dishes like grilled chicken, pan-seared fish, steak, and vegetarian options like quinoa and tofu.

How to get the best results when making this dish?

Use fresh green beans, monitor your heat to avoid burning the garlic, and feel free to add your personal touch with herbs, spices, or lemon juice.

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