Garlic Green Beans

If you’ve never had fresh green beans with garlic and parsley you are in for a treat!

I’ve always loved green beans!  This recipe is essentially the way mom always prepared them for Easter, served alongside a perfectly roasted leg of lamb they now grace my family’s Easter table as well.

Today I enjoy green beans just as much raw, as a delightful snack to nibble on or tossed in a salad, as I do cooked just right and tossed in a smudge of fresh raw butter and a ton of garlic!

Green beans are a fabulously healthy food rich in antioxidants and manganese, as well as B vitamins and carotenoids and flavenoids.  They are also a wonderful source of dietary fiber.

I always buy my green beans fresh but if they are not available fresh in your area, flash frozen green beans make a perfect substitute.

This recipe is a family favorite and our go-to green vegetable on special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. It is a dish that compliments any meat beautifully and can just as easily be savored as part of a vegan meal.  No matter how much I make we always run out, that’s how much my family loves this recipe.

To preserve the wonderful nutrient content of your beans, I recommend steaming them and keeping them slightly crispy.  This recipe is ready in minutes so I recommend cooking your beans after you’ve prepared the rest of your meal.

Ingredients for garlic green beans

For this recipe you will need

3 pounds of fresh green beans, preferably organic

10 to 12 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon raw butter

1 generous handful of fresh organic parsley

Clean and trim your green beans then steam about 5 to 10 minutes until just a little tender.

Place in a serving dish, add butter, finely minced garlic and parsley and toss until combined.

Serve hot and enoy!

Ingredients for garlic green beans
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Garlic Green Beans

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 to 8
Author Valerie Remy-Milora


  • 3 pounds fresh green beans or haricots vert
  • 10 to 12 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon raw butter
  • 1 generous handful fresh parsley chopped


  • Add 1 to 2 inches of water to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Clean and trim green beans and place in a steamer basket over boiling water.
  • Cover and steam for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and place in serving bowl
  • Add 1 tablespoon of raw butter, minced garlic and chopped parsley and toss until combined.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


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    I love them too! Try them with a tsp of tomato pesto drizzled over … delish!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    These Green Beans sound simply Delicious!! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂 Did you really fix them in a Crockpot?

    • Opps no I meant a large pot Elizabeth 🙂 Thanks for bringing it to my attention. They would probably be incredibly tender cooked in a crock pot, though… I may just have to try that.

  3. clojo9372 says:

    I love them as an entree with anything, but I like them best with Italian meals for some reason. I find they compliment them well.

  4. We call them French Beans over here on our side of the pond and they are my fave veggie.

  5. Terri Irvin says:

    I make garlic green beans all the time. I serve them with fresh lemon slices to punch up the flavors. One of our favorite side dishes.

  6. Betsy Barnes says:

    I am going to try this. There is a restaurant that we visit that serves green beans with garlic and butter, they are so delicious! I know my hubby is going to love these! 🙂

  7. I’m going to try these. Look tasty!!

  8. I’ve always enjoyed green beans straight from my garden! Great advice on how to enjoy them, crunchy with a little garlic (and I add bacon – cause everything’s better with bacon). 🙂

    • Haha Linda, I could not agree more. Bacon does make everything better 😉 In fact, when I sometimes indulge and prepare my green beans the way my French grandmother used to — smothered in onions, tomatoes and chunks of bacon… Sinfully delicious!

  9. This would be great adding some peppers I think. I will certainly give it a try.

  10. Judy Thomas says:

    I never thought to have beans this way,yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

  11. My daughter and I love green beans and always looking for new ways to try them. This recipe sounds simple and oh so good!

    • This is for sure one of my family’s favorite ways to eat green beans Katie and I hope your family loves it as much as we do. I LOVE how simple it is to make and that I never have left overs 😉

  12. Bridget Combs says:

    As a child, green bean were one of my least favorite vegetables. However, I now find myself craving them often. I’ll certainly have to try this recipe, I think it would be a hit in my home.

  13. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I love that this is so easy. I think we would really like green beans cooked this way.

    • This is probably one of the simplest and healthiest side dishes ever Dana, and my family absolutely loves it! No matter how much I make I am always astounded when I run out! Another plus, green beans are super affordable to this is a fabulous budget friendly food!

  14. Angela Lombardi says:

    I just love garlic green beans!!! I can eat them everyday!

  15. Terri S says:

    Definitely going to be making this dish!!! It sounds fantastic! I love garlic. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  16. Terry Poage says:

    I have never tried garlic green beans before, thanks for sharing.

  17. I’m always looking for a way to liven up green beans and I love garlic so will have to try this recipe 🙂

  18. Yum! Love Garlic green beans!

  19. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    I love this take on garlic beans, definitely will try this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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