Simple Skillet Green Beans

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This simple skillet green bean recipe with lemon and garlic goes great with any meal and only takes 15 minutes to make! You will love this easy side dish.

Simple Skillet Green Beans Recipe

Favorite Green Bean Recipe

Today, I am sharing my favorite green bean recipe that is in the Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook that comes out TOMORROW!! I am giving you guys a little sneak peak because I am SO excited! If you haven’t ordered your copy, order NOW!!

Green beans are the one vegetable that I can always count on—they take no time to cook, have a mild, sweet taste that even the toughest of vegetable critics will like, and pair really nicely with other fresh flavors, especially the kick of bright lemon and garlic. Whenever I cook this dish, it’s a great reminder that simplicity is best.

This easy green bean recipe is our favorite and we make them almost every single week. The green beans are made in one skillet and only take 15 minutes to make. This is the perfect vegetable side dish that goes great with any meal!

And guess what? The boys love these green beans too! I am always looking for kid friendly vegetables and these green beans always get two thumbs up from our boys.

How to Cook Green Beans

Fresh green beans are SO much better than canned or frozen green beans and they don’t take much longer to cook.

  • First, make sure you trim the ends of the green beans. You can use a sharp knife to cut off the ends or you can snap off the tough ends off each green beanprior to cooking. Get your kids involved and have them snap off the ends! Our boys love helping with this step.
  • In a large skillet with a fitted lid, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pepper flakes and green beans and toss with tongs or a spoon until the green beans are coated with the olive oil.
  • Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring every minute or two so the green beans don’t burn. You want them to be blistered and tender, but still have a little “snap.” When properly cooked, green beans should still have a crisp texture, and a vibrant, bright green color.
  • Remove the lid and add the garlic, stirring to coat the green beans. Add the lemon zest and juice, toss, season with salt and pepper to taste, toss again, and serve immediately.

What to Serve with Green Beans

Green beans really can be served with any meal. They are such a solid vegetable that most people love! Here are a few of our favorite main dishes that are a perfect match for skillet green beans with lemon and garlic.

More Vegetable Side Dish Recipes:

Easy Green Bean Recipe

Simple Skillet Green Beans

This simple skillet green bean recipe with lemon and garlic goes great with any meal and only takes 15 minutes to make!

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet with a fitted lid, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pepper flakes and green beans and toss with tongs or a spoon until the green beans are coated with the olive oil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring every minute or two so the green beans don’t burn. You want them to be blistered and tender, but still have a little “snap.”
  2. Remove the lid and add the garlic, stirring to coat the green beans. Add the lemon zest and juice, toss, season with salt and pepper to taste, toss again, and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Skillet Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 248mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 782IU16%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

easy, gluten free, vegan

Photos by Colin Price

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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