This Garlic Green Beans recipe is a flavorful way to prepare the classic green bean and turn it into a tasty sauteed veggie that you and even your kids will look forward to eating.

Cooks in under 10 minutes, this easy 5-ingredient healthy side dish is gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and vegan and fits perfectly as part of a keto, low-carb, or paleo diet.

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Sautéed Green Beans With Herbs and Garlic

Garlic Herb Green Bean recipes are so much better than the simple steamed side or the bland, boring kind from the can.

Our sautéed green beans with garlic and herbs are so easy to make and feature fresh green beans, oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt.

Garlic green beans have a crisp-tender texture, are bright green with just a bit of brown, and take only about 5 minutes to prepare in one single pan.

This underrated veggie is packed with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants; when cooked and covered in the skillet, they are infused with plenty of flavors despite their hard-to-permeate pods.

Why We Love This Garlic Green Beans Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Only uses 5 simple ingredients and a single skillet.
  • Healthy savory side dish that tastes delicious.
  • Crisp-tender texture and full of garlic and herb flavor.
  • Garlic and herb green beans go great with almost any meat, poultry, or fish main course meals.
  • Pairs perfectly with a Thanksgiving turkey, a holiday roast, or as a gluten-free, vegan side to serve for a family supper.

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Garlic Herb Green Beans ingredients


  • Oil: Use your favorite vegetable, avocado, or olive oil.
  • Green Beans
  • Garlic
  • Dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt

Substitutions and Additions

  • Other Oil Options: You can substitute butter or margarine for the oil to make garlic butter green beans. If you prefer not to use any oil or butter, use 1/2 cup water or broth for the liquid.
  • Tasty Toppings: Feel free to add a sprinkling of parsley, some toasted sesame seeds, and/or a squeeze of lemon juice to your cooked green beans.
  • Swap The Seasonings: Instead of Italian seasoning, you can sauté your green beans with chopped fresh oregano, dill, a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, black pepper, or any of your favorite herbs and spices.
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  • Nonstick skillet with lid
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How to Make Garlic Herb Green Beans

  1. Combine: Stir together the green beans, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt in heated oil.
  2. Cook: Cover the green beans with a lid, reduce the temperature, and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve: Serve warm and enjoy!

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • You can substitute frozen green beans in place of fresh ones.
  • You can add some color to your side with a combination of green and yellow beans.


  • To Store: Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I trim my green beans?

To trim the fresh green beans, clip the edges off with kitchen shears, or you may need to de-string the bean. To remove the string, snap each end off and grab the string and pull it off. If super long, you can break the beans in half to make eating easier.

Can I use frozen green beans instead of fresh Green Beans?

Yes, you can substitute frozen green beans in place of fresh green beans. If using frozen, let them thaw on the countertop for 30 minutes then follow the recipe as written.

Are green beans healthy?

Yes, green beans are a healthy vegetable and are packed with plenty of nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are a great addition to a daily diet because of their health benefits and their low-calorie and fat contents.

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Garlic Green Beans

Serves — 6
The best recipe for garlicky green beans! Sauteed and ready in under 15 minutes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • ¼ cup oil (vegetable, olive or avocado)
  • 1 pound fresh Green Beans washed and trimmed
  • 4 small cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Over medium heat, in a nonstick skillet, heat the oil; add the green beans, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt. Stir to combine well.
  • Cover the green beans with a lid and bring the temperature down to low. Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Jenn’s Notes

  • To Store: Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • You can substitute frozen green beans in place of fresh.
  • You can add some color to your side with a combination of green and yellow beans.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    My son made these for dinner one night. This recipe is now on our table when ever we can get green beans. He used grape seed oil.