A simple saute is all green beans need to create a beautiful side dish that is delicious with just about any meal! Take them up a notch by adding garlic and Sauteed Garlic Green Beans are born. So easy and yet so delicious. I make them ALL.THE.TIME!
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Of course, start with the best, fresh green beans you can find and use a chef's knife to cut off only the stem end. You can leave the little tail on ... less waste and they look pretty.
Best preparation method
I've tried many different ways of getting the right texture for the green beans. I used to just throw the fresh green beans into a skillet with oil but I found that they would get tough. They were really not very appetizing in the end.
Then I played around with blanching them first, but that was fussy and dirtied more pots.
I decided to combine the two methods in one skillet and let them steam first! I put them in with a small amount of water first. Then as the water cooks off and the beans start softening, I take the lid off and drizzle in some oil. With the heat at medium-high, they start getting brown pretty quickly.
While the beans are cooking, I chop up some garlic ... usually about 2 cloves for each pound of green beans.
Don't add the garlic too early or it will brown right along with the beans and take on a burnt or bitter flavor. Add it right at the end with the salt and pepper and let the residual heat of the beans and the skillet gently cook it.
And there you have it. Simple, delicious Garlic Green Beans that are so delicious with just about anything!
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Sauteed Garlic Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- oil for sauteeing
- salt and pepper
- Trim the stem end of the beans only, leaving the tail. Put the beans in a skillet with about ¼ cup of water, put a lid on, and turn the stove to medium high.
- Bring to a low boil so that the water steams the beans. When they are bright green, and starting to soften, remove the lid. Let the water start to evaporate off. When it's almost gone, drizzle some oil over the beans and toss them around.
- Stir the beans occasionally so that they get evenly browned.
- When they are evenly browned and cooked through, turn off the heat, add the chopped garlic, and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately.