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Pan-Fried Garlic Green Beans are simply sauteed in olive oil and butter. The garlic really makes these crisp-tender green beans shine. They are a quick, delicious, and healthy side dish. They are extremely easy to make and they go with absolutely anything.
This is the first year that I’ve grown green beans and yellow wax beans in my garden and they have been producing extremely well. We’ve had pan-fried green beans several times this summer. If you can’t find fresh green beans at your local Supermarket or Farmer’s Market, frozen ones may be used.
There are so many ways to change up this pan-fried garlic green beans recipe and add a different flavor. Here are some of my favorite things to add:
Seasoning: Add lemon pepper or garlic pepper instead of salt and pepper. Spice the beans up with a shake of cayenne, chili powder, or curry powder. Or squeeze fresh lemon over the sauteed green beans.
Cheese: Add 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese or 1/2 cup Mozzarella. Or add your favorite cheese.
Bacon: Stir 3-4 cooked and crumbled slices of bacon into the sauteed green beans.
Nuts: Add 1/4 cup of toasted slivered or sliced almonds when you add the garlic.
Mushrooms: Sliced mushrooms can be cooked right along with the green beans.
Pan-Fried Garlic Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans (trimmed and snapped in half if needed)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic (minced or finely chopped)
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ - ½ cup shredded parmesan or mozzarella (optional)
- Heat a large pan with oil and butter. When hot add the green beans. Cook, stirring often until the beans begin blistering and browning in spots, about 5 minutes. The beans should be tender-crisp.
- Add the garlic to the pan and continue cooking for another minute or so until the garlic is cooked through.
- If adding cheese just sprinkle it on top before serving.