Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (2024)

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Sautéed Buttery Green Beans are quick and easy to make right on the stove ready in under 10 minutes!

With a good kick of garlic and a hint of lemon juice, you will love this green bean recipe. Buttery Sautéed Green Beansare the PERFECT side dish to accompany anything! Think steak, Roast Chicken,Roast Pork (with crackle), Lamb Chops… the list is endless!

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Every dinner table needs incredible side dishes…Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Parmesan Roasted Carrots, andGarlic Mushroomsto name a few. This green bean recipe is in the same category of easy and crazy delicious!

Buttery with the perfect balance of garlic butter flavour, you can cook them for as long as you like. Our recipe below makes them a vibrant green with a tender-crisp texture. If you prefer to leave the butter out, that’s ok too. They’re just as good cooked in olive oil only.

Sautéeing green beans in butter and oil mixture ensures the butter doesn’t burn while cooking, giving you a delicious result.


Of course, you can always throw beans in a pan and cook them from scratch without blanching first. However, we prefer the texture and colour you get from blanching in boiling water.

Use the same pan so you’re not piling up your dishes!

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YES! You can boil sautéed green beans first for the suggested time of 3 minutes so they don’t overcook, throw them in an ice-bath immediately after to stop the cooking process; pat them dry with paper towels and store them in an air5 tight container in your refrigerator for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to sauté, pull them out about 15 minutes before just to get the chill out before cooking them in hot oil/butter.


  • Sauté additional veggies in the oil/butter mixture before adding in your green beans, like onions, bell peppers (capsicum), or even mushrooms.
  • Herbs can also add another level of flavour. Basil parsley, oregano or rosemary.
  • Trim the ends of your string beans to avoid eating the green fibrous string.


You can use frozen green beans in this recipe. There’s no need to blanch them first! Just thaw them out and throw them straight into the pan.


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Extremely versatile, green beans can be cooked with so many different sauces and flavours, making them one of the easiest green veg to cook with!


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Buttery Sautéed Green Beans with a good kick of garlic and a hint of lemon juice makes this green bean recipe the PERFECT side dish ready in under 10 minutes!


Prep: 5 minutes mins

Cook: 8 minutes mins

Total: 13 minutes mins

Serves: 4 serves as a side dish


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lb 500 g green beans, ends trimmed
  • Good pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Cracked black pepper, to season
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice



Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

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  1. Tom says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (11)
    Perfect side for any dinner. Thank you!


  2. Rose Womac says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (12)
    Oh my what an awesome dish. My family loved them and there were no leftovers.


  3. Mindy Mcjunkin says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (13)
    I cooked these the other night. They were the perfect side dish. So so good! My husband even loved them. I usually roast my green beans in the oven. Will definitely be making them this way from now own.


  4. Mardene Costa says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (14)
    This is delicious… even my grandsons love these green beans!!


  5. Sandy says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (15)
    I just wish that one time there was enough of these green beans for my family to eat because the whole time I’m cooking them I’m eating them! I do believe they are the best green beans EVER!!

  6. Cynthia Collins says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (16)
    This would go yummy with my homemade meatloaf recipe. Love it its 5 stars all the way.
    And Have a very Merry Christmas.


  7. Mary says

    I will definitely make these to go with beef tenderloin for a birthday camping trip (in an RV). Butter and green beans – what could be better?


  8. Nilda Castroman says

    These are easy fast and taste great. Once done and right before I serve them I sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese. Yum!!


  9. Beth says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (17)
    Next time I make Prime Rib I am definitely trying this recipe, yum!


  10. Paul Mock says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (18)
    Been looking for an alternative to asparagus for this year’s Christmas Dinner. This just may be “it’!


  11. RITA says

    The green beans broiled with the garlic and lemon went great with my meal…and they look so pretty to…lol lol


  12. Kimcho says

    Step 5: “squeeze over lemon juice through, mix through and serve.”
    Seems odd to be squeezing beans over lemon juice? Through what?


    • Peggy says

      I think it means to squeeze lemon over the beans and mix it together.


  13. Carol says

    Wow, fate! I just got home from Publix and picked up 2 pounds of green beans for Saturdays dinner! This is how I will make them, they look so good!


  14. Mary says

    Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (19)
    I added fresh grated Parmesan to the green beans and broiled for a few minutes.


    • Heidi J says

      Buttery Sautéed Green Bean Recipe (20)
      East and delicious. I omitted the lemon juice and finished with balsamic vinegar. I also sautéed some sweet onion before adding the beans. Husband raved over them.


  15. Lynda says

    What an easy addition to any meal and it gives your plate some color, green. Your recipes are truly a “delite”!


  16. Diana says

    I’ve always been intimidated to cook a prime rib. Thanks to your wonderful simple instructions this will be on my dinner table new year’s eve!!! I can’t wait!!


  17. Andi says

    This will be with your prime rib for Christmas…


  18. Sylvia says

    I really appreciate how you include options for your recipes. Blanch, not blanch, what to expect in each case, frozen, oil / butter….


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