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Garlic Green Beans| brightrootskitchen.com

Quick and Easy Garlic Green Beans

These Quick and Easy Garlic Green Beans are the perfect 15 minute side dish. They're sweet, crisp and a little spicy! A great option for Fall dinners.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword easy side dish, fall sides, garlic green beans, green beans, lemon green beans, string beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 large handfuls green beans (thinner, smaller beans) I recommend french green beans or haricot verts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated I recommend using a microplane for a fine grate
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, zest only I recommend using a microplane for the zest
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add green beans to a large deep skillet. Turn the heat on the medium-high heat. Cover the green beans with warm water until they are just covered. Add salt to the water and cook 5-7 minutes until the green beans are tender but slightly crisp.
  • Strain green beans in a large colander and run cold water over them until they are no longer steaming.
  • Heat a a large deep skillet to medium-high heat. Add olive oil, cooked green beans, garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the skillet. Toss with tongs continually for about 2-3 minutes, so that the garlic and zest doesn't burn. Enjoy!