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Skillet Green Beans in a bowl
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Quick & Easy Skillet Green Beans

When you know how to cook fresh green beans they are delicious! This recipe for Skillet Green Beans is quick, delicious! A perfect side dish for both Thanksgiving or a simple dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Side Dish, vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best green bean recipe, skillet green beans, Skillet string beans
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 94kcal


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1 TBS grapeseed or olive oil
  • Spritz of fresh lemon
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes


  • In a small ramekin or bowl, mix together seasoning ingredients and set aside.
  • Grab a large skillet, non stick if you have one, and heat over med-high heat. Add in butter and oil. Once butter melts, add in green beans. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of the seasoning mix and sauté for 5 minutes or so, moving beans around occasionally. Allow them to brown or char in spots.
  • Toss in the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or so, moving it around almost constantly, not allowing it to burn.
  • Add in the water, sauté for another 30 seconds or so. Cover, remove from heat and allow it to sit for a 2-3 minutes.
  • Season with additional seasoning mix, spritz with fresh lemon, toss and serve.


If you enjoy spicy, add in a pinch or two of red pepper flakes.
You can also decide to add in some chopped shallot or onion as well. Minced ginger would give a zesty bite and its good for you too.
And of course you can always add some grated Parmesan cheese for garnish.
Decide if you want your green beans crisp-tender or cooked through.
Make a larger batch of the seasoning mix and season all the things! It's a great way to cut down on salt too since it delivers great flavor!


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 871IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg