recipe

Crisp-tender green beans mixed with butter and garlic—this is the side dish you’ve been waiting for!

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 30 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4

Prepare Ingredients

1 teaspoon
extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound
green beans, trimmed
¼ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper
¼ cup
water
1 tablespoon
unsalted butter
3
garlic cloves, peeled and minced

Gather Cooking Equipment

12-inch nonstick skillet with lid
Rubber spatula
Oven mitts
Serving platter
1
 
1 teaspoon
extra-virgin olive oil

In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking).

 
2
 
1 pound
green beans, trimmed
¼ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper

Add green beans, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally with rubber spatula, until spotty brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

 
3
 
¼ cup
water

Carefully add water to skillet. Cover and cook until green beans are bright green, about 2 minutes. Use oven mitt to remove lid (be careful—steam will be hot!).

 
4
 

Increase heat to medium-high and cook until water evaporates, about 1 minute.

 
5
 
1 tablespoon
unsalted butter
3
garlic cloves, peeled and minced

Stir in butter and garlic and cook, stirring often, until green beans are lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat. Use spatula to transfer green beans to serving platter. Serve.