Sauteed Green Beans


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Sauteed Green Beans are a simple side dish that only takes 15 minutes to cook! 

Fresh crisp green beans are cooked in a touch broth for flavor and simply seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic & chili flakes. They pair perfectly with any entree and are so easy to make!

Salted Sauteed Green Beans on a plate

Why We Love This Side Dish

Sauteed Green Beans are so quick and easy. They can be ready and on the table in 15 minutes!

With only a handful of ingredients, this side dish is the perfect veggie choice for dinner.

No matter what entree you serve them with, these Sauteed Green Beans will be your go-to!

Sauteed Green Beans in a pan

Ingredients/Variations

Only a couple of ingredients are needed to make this delicious veggie dish!

GREEN BEANS Fresh green beans have a nice tender-crisp texture, but feel free to use frozen if that’s what you have on hand! The texture will be a bit softer but the flavor will still be delicious.

BROTH A little bit of chicken broth is used to sautee (and flavor!) the green beans. If you don’t have broth, a sprinkle of chicken bouillon powder with a bit of water works well.

SEASONINGS Salt & pepper, garlic & chili flakes perfectly season these green beans!

VARIATIONS These green beans can be seasoned with any spices on hand! Try Cajun seasoning, seasoned salt or Italian seasoning!

How to Saute Green Beans

To saute just to means to fry quickly. This is definitely one of the easiest side dishes, and ready to serve in minutes!

  1. Saute green beans in oil and broth (per recipe below).
  2. Add seasonings and cook another minute. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Whether served alongside chicken cutlets, beef stroganoff, or chicken cordon bleu, a perfectly sautéed side of fresh green beans brings out the best in any recipe!

Sauteed Green Beans on a plate salted

Got Frozen Beans?

    • Frozen green beans will work since they are usually flash frozen.
    • Feel free to pop them in the saute pan while still frozen, they will take a little longer to cook and the broth may need more time to evaporate.
    • You can also let the beans thaw out naturally then drain them before sauteeing.

Perfect Green Beans Every Time

  • To trim fresh green beans, wash them and pat dry. Sort and line them up on a cutting surface, exposing the knobby ends. Use a sharp knife to cut those pieces off.
  • If the beans are large or long, they can be cut in half.
  • Do not overcook the beans, they’re best with a tender-crisp texture.
  • Fresh garlic can burn, it’s best added to this recipe during the last couple of minutes.
  • Leftover green beans will last in the fridge for 5-7 days.
  • Sauteed green beans can also be frozen in a zippered bag with the date written on it. They should last about a month in the freezer. The flavor will be great but the texture will soften.

Yummy Veggie Side Dishes

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Salted Sauteed Green Beans on a plate
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Review Recipe

Sauteed Green Beans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
These Sauteed Green Beans are simple to make, and take only minutes to prepare!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans washed and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Cut green beans into 1" pieces.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add beans and broth and cook over medium heat 10-14 minutes or until the broth is evaporated or until beans are tender.
  • Add garlic and chili flakes and cook 1 minute more.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve.

Recipe Notes

To trim fresh green beans, wash and pat dry. Line them up on a cutting board, exposing the knobby ends. Use a sharp knife to cut those pieces off.
Do not overcook the beans, they're best with a tender-crisp texture.
Fresh garlic can burn, it's best added to this recipe during the last couple of minutes.
Leftover green beans will last in the fridge for 5-7 days.
Sauteed green beans can also be frozen in a zippered bag with the date written on it. They should last about a month in the freezer. The flavor will be great but the texture will soften.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 68, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 63mg, Potassium: 251mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 820IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1mg
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