Simple and full of flavor, this recipe for garlic green beans is truly amazing whether cooked quickly in a skillet or grilled – the more charred, the better!
Super flavorful garlic green beans is one of our family’s favorite recipes when green beans are in season. Well, it’s also our favorite way to eat our frozen garden green beans, too, but in the summer when the beans are coming on strong we eat our weight in garlic green beans almost weekly.
This easy recipe is deceptively tasty. Seriously. I know it has, like, only 3 or 4 ingredients, but I can’t just have one helping…or even two. And since I can’t possible have a third helping of anything, I just pick the beans out of the serving bowl.
I know. But it’s not a real third serving, right?
I grow a couple of types of beans, but my favorite variety that I have grown every year for more than 10 years is a pole filet-style bean called Emerite. You can pick it short and skinny for the true filet style beans (which I do at the beginning of the season), or leave them to grow longer and thicker. Either way, they stay tender and yummy and never have any strings.
I can’t be bothered with “snapping” one bean at a time- I lose more bean than I want and it takes longer- so I pile up a bunch of similar lengths and cut just the tips off all at once. For this recipe, cut the beans in the length you’d like to serve. Sometimes I leave them long for that restaurant look, but most of the time I cut them into 1 to 2-inch pieces because they are easier to eat.
Use a shallow pan large enough to hold the amount of beans you have. For this recipe, you sauté the beans a bit, add some water and cover, cooking for 4 to 5 minutes depending on how you like your beans. I like them crisp-cooked, not mushy, so 4 minutes is usually good.
Remove the cover, turn the heat to high and quickly cook the liquid away until the beans are sizzling in the pan and some are starting to char.
The beans become nicely coated with buttery-garlicky goodness – and a little spice if you add red pepper flakes – which pretty much makes them so hard to stop eating!