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Crazy Simple One Pan Super Garlicky Green Beans

by | Jul 29, 2021 | Recipes

Slightly blistered and overwhelmingly garlicky, this crazy simple side dish comes together in no time flat. These One Pan Super Garlicky Green Beans are a versatile side dish. They go well with practically everything whether you’re serving meat, poultry, fish, or keeping it all veggies all the time.

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Where are my garlic lovers at?? Alright, I see you boo! I got you and your palate covered today with these ridiculously easy and delicious Super Garlicky Green Beans. They’re pan seared with olive oil, a whole heap of freshly minced garlic, and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper. It’s just enough to give your tongue a little tingle here and there. My Super Garlicky Green Beans, and your ensuing garlic breath, won’t bring all the boys to the yard, but are definitely guaranteed to keep all of the vampires away.

If You’re Looking for Straight-Forward, Approachable Food, You’ve Found It

Sometimes the most simple of ingredients, truly create the most flavorful foods. I’m talking those that are so easy that you never thought they would be addictive or jaw-dropping good. Take for example, steak. All a good steak *really* needs is a sprinkle of salt…and maybe some pepper if you’re feelin’ frisky. It’s searing the meat in a smoking hot pan or grilling it over coals so hot they’ll make your face melt off that makes the magic happen.

It’s so simple that it seems like it’s too simple. And we ask ourselves, can cooking really be that easy? Yes, my friends, it is that easy.

And this is why it bothers me so much that I see people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who opt for delivery and takeout over cooking at home. It’s not because these folks are crunched for time, but instead it’s because they don’t have the skills. Look, I’m not judging here. The reality is some don’t cook because they don’t know how, and others know how but choose not to cook.

You do you boo. But if you’re one of those who doesn’t cook because you don’t know how, then I want to help…Enter these deliciously simple one pan Super Garlicky Green Beans…

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One Pan Super Garlicky Green Beans

I will forever be looking for ways to easily and simple incorporate more veggies into my meals. Preferrably fresh ones or fresh-frozen ones to those in a can. Growing up, our household depended on boxed meals and canned veggies because we couldn’t afford both meat and fresh produce. I’m not knocking boxed meals and canned veggies, they definitely have their place and uses.

But for this dish, fresh green beans works best. You can also make it with frozen green beans. But you won’t get the snap and crunch that fresh green beans offer. The reason I love these Super Garlicky Green Beans so much isn’t because they’re a garlic lover’s delight. It’s because they are insanely simple to make. I can whip them up in less than 15 minutes from prep to plating. And without much worry, as I’m focused on perfecting pan seared chicken or a juicy steak out on the charcoal grill.

Close up photo of garlicky green beans in a serving bowl.

Creating a Flavor Bomb for a Canvas of Fresh Green Beans

Believe it or not, it was Green Bean Almondine that started my journey to these Super Garlicky Green Beans. All that toasted almond flavor wrapped around that fresh green bean canvas got me thinking about what other foods are aromatic or intensely flavored. What else would work well to effectively blanket green beans without smothering the life out of them?

The first thing that popped into my head was garlic, so I gave it a whirl and had a winner. (*cough* I may or may not have also been influenced by the Roast Pork in Garlic Sauce from the Chinese I’d had delivered for dinner that evening. *cough*)

By adding the freshly minced garlic and other seasonings to the olive oil and letting the flavors marinate, you can create an infused oil that is a bomb of intense flavor. Sautéing the green beans in this oil ensures that every last speck of surface of every last green bean is enveloped with that super garlicky goodness.

Using medium-high heat while sautéing these Super Garlicky Green Beans quickly browns the garlic to a golden hue. Simultaneously, it blisters some of the green beans in the pan. These two things ultimately result in a side dish with a pronounced garlicky, slightly nutty flavor and slightly crispy, crunchy texture.

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Ingredients For One Pan Super Garlicky Green Beans

Overhead photo of ingredients needed to make one pan super garlicky green beans. Ingredients include green beans, olive oil, fresh minced garlic, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and kosher salt.
  • Fresh Green Beans – The canvas for a flavor bomb of garlic goodness. I like to buy the kind that’s pre-washed in a bag. Before I cook them, I trim off the ends and remove any stems. I like them long (how I have them shown in the photos of this post). If you prefer, you can cut them into smaller pieces (2-3 inches long).
  • Garlic – Fresh minced garlic is what makes these green beans so garlicky that folks can smell you comin’ from a mile away.
  • Olive Oil – This is what’s going to carry the garlic and seasonings to coat the green beans with flavor.
  • Kosher Salt – This recipe calls for just a pinch. But be sure to taste the green beans as you cook them through and adjust to your liking.
  • Black Pepper – Just a pinch of black pepper gives enough sharp bite to counter the golden toasted garlic. Adjust to your liking if you prefer more.
  • Crushed Red Pepper – This is the pepper that’s added to bring the slightest kick of heat. Just enough to make your tongue tingle, but not so much that it overpowers the garlic.

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Ingredient Swaps & Variations

  • Frozen Green Beans – You can swap out fresh green beans for frozen. Follow the recipe as directed and when it’s time to add the fresh green beans to the pan, add in the frozen ones instead. Don’t let them thaw. Add them in straight from the freezer. Cook the frozen green beans for about 5-6 minutes. When the ice has melted and the water in the pan has evaporated, they’re ready for the oil. From here, follow the rest of the recipe as directed.
  • Dried Minced Garlic – If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, dried minced garlic can do in a pinch. Though a word of caution–you’ll need to use about twice the amount of oil called for in the recipe. This is because the dehydrated garlic will suck up a lot of the oil the recipe calls for and you will need enough left over to fully coat the green beans.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

What to Remember – Once you’ve added the infused oil into the pan, stir everything around in the pan frequently so that you don’t burn the garlic.

What to Avoid – Make sure that your green beans aren’t still super raw when you put the oil into the pan. You’ll know the right time to add in the oil because you’ll see the green beans go from a pale green color to a bright green color.

Ways to Use Leftover Super Garlicky Green Beans – There are two ways that I really love leftovers of these green beans. First, I like to cut them up into bite-sized pieces and then toss them into some home fries. I finish things off with some shredded or grated parmesan cheese and serve these as a side dish with beef, chicken, or pork. Second, I like to cut the beans in half and toss into a stir fry like my Easy & Delicious Spicy Pork Stir Fry with Snap Peas.

Recipes That Go Well with Super Garlicky Green Beans – These green beans make a great side dish to serve alongside my Simple, Comforting Smothered Steak with Onions and my Simple But Hearty Sweet Potato Hash with Italian Sausage.

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Recipe Notes

Storage – Store leftover green beans in an airtight glass or plastic container in the fridge. Leftovers will last up to 7 days.

Reheating – I prefer to reheat these green beans in the microwave because it’s super quick (30-60 seconds). You can reheat them on the stove top, but it takes longer, meaning you’ll have to frequently move the green beans around to avoid burning them.

Servings & Nutrition – This One Pan Super Garlicky Green Beans recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving has approximately 72 calories, 6 g of carbohydrates, 1 g of protein, 5 g of fat, and 3 g of sugar. For the full recipe and additional nutritional information, please see the recipe card below.

How to Make One Pan Super Garlicky Green Beans

Step 1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper and let marinate while beginning to cook green beans.

Overhead photo of steps 1 and 2 of how to make the super garlicky green beans recipe.

Step 2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add green beans and heat through 2-3 minutes.

Step 3. Add garlic oil mixture and stir to evenly coat the green beans.

Overhead photo of steps 3 and 4 of how to make the super garlicky green beans recipe.

Step 4. Cook an additional 4-6 minutes until garlic has softened and is slightly browned; stir occasionally. Green beans will be slightly blistered. Serve immediately.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these green beans super garlicky with garlic powder instead of fresh or dried minced garlic?

If you don’t mind the loss of texture that minced fresh garlic and dried minced garlic provide, then you can certainly use garlic powder in place of fresh garlic.

What can I use to add some spicy heat to these green beans if I don’t have crushed red pepper on hand?

No crushed red pepper? No problem. Just swap out the crushed red pepper for your favorite hot sauce. Because some hot sauces have sugars in them, I would suggest adding hot sauce during the last minute or two of cooking the green beans to ensure that the hot sauce doesn’t burn and turn bitter.

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one pan super garlicky green beans served in a bowl

One Pan Super Garlicky Green Beans

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This super simple side dish is a garlic lover's delight! Fresh green beans are slightly blistered in a flavorful olive oil of fresh minced garlic, salt, pepper, and just a touch of crushed red pepper.

Ingredients

  • 1 10 oz package green beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of kosher salt (more to taste)
  • pinch of ground black pepper (more to taste)
  • pinch of crushed red pepper

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper and let marinate while beginning to cook green beans.

2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add green beans and heat through 2-3 minutes.

3. Add garlic oil mixture and stir to evenly coat the green beans.

4. Cook an additional 4-6 minutes until garlic has softened and is slightly browned; stir occasionally. Green beans will be slightly blistered. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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