An easy recipe for sauteed green beans cooked in butter and seasoned with garlic and crushed red peppers. Just don’t overcook them!
I’ve been making this tasty side dish often. String beans are tasty and healthy, and they are one of the few vegetables that all of us can agree on – grownups and young picky eaters alike.
The ingredients needed for this recipe
You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this tasty side dish. Scroll down to the recipe card for exact amounts.
- Unsalted butter
- Fresh string beans
- Salt and pepper
- Crushed red pepper
How to make sauteed green beans
It’s so easy! The detailed instructions are included in the recipe card below. Here are the basic steps:
- Cook the green beans in butter over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Keep cooking until tender-crisp, about 5 more minutes.
Tips for making this recipe a success
String beans are wonderful when quickly boiled and salted. This is actually my favorite way to make them – boiled green beans.
But variety is nice, and sauteing green beans in butter and garlic is also a great way of making them.
Regardless of how you choose to cook them, the most important thing, in my opinion, is to avoid overcooking them.
You want them to be tender. But they should still have a bite – much like “al dente” when cooking spaghetti. You don’t want them to be mushy or droopy.
On the other hand, you certainly don’t want them too crunchy! Raw string beans do not taste very good. Although I hear that when young and picked fresh from one’s garden, they most certainly are.
In my experience, cooking sauteed green beans for about 10 minutes over medium-high heat is perfect.
But you’ll need to double-check in your kitchen. Because as you know, cooking equipment vary greatly, and this includes your cooking range as well as your pan.
Should I blanch green beans before stir-frying?
I suppose in an ideal world you should. But we don’t live in an ideal world. Hurried and pressed for time most nights, I am not a fan of multi-step recipes.
So no, I don’t blanch them before sauteing, and I don’t think it makes a big difference.
What to serve with sauteed green beans?
Anything, really. It’s such a versatile side dish. I often serve them with one of the following main dishes:
How to store the leftovers?
You can keep leftover sauteed green beans in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat the leftovers gently, in the microwave on 50% power. They are also good cold!
Sautéed Green Beans
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat.
- When the butter stops foaming, add the green beans and salt. Cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
- Add the black pepper, garlic, and crushed red peppers. Continue to cook, stirring often, about 5 more minutes, until the beans are tender but not mushy.