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Garlic Green Beans Recipe - #green-beans #recipe #eatwell101 - Green beans are sautéed with garlic, onion, and plenty of spices! So quick and simple with incredible flavor!

Garlic Green Beans Recipe – This green bean recipe is so quick and simple with incredible flavor. After blanching, sauté the green beans with onion, spices, and herbs, then deglaze with lemon juice and vegetable stock to scrap the tiny browned bit back to the sauce. Ready in less than 20 minutes, these quick green beans are a perfect side for any occasion. Enjoy!

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1. To make the green beans recipe: Rinse and trim the green beans, then chop in small pieces. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

2. Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and soak in ice-cold water to stop the cooking, then drain the green beans once more. This step is optional.

3. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the chopped onion until fragrant and translucent.

4. Add the green beans and garlic and sauté with the onion until crisp-tender – about 3 minutes.

5. Once green beans are crisp-tender, add hot sauce, lemon juice, chopped parsley, red chili pepper flakes, and black pepper. Cook until the mixture becomes golden and slightly caramelized – about 4 minutes.

6. Deglaze the green beans with the vegetable stock and cook for 2 minutes, to reduce the sauce slightly.

7. Season the cooked green beans generously with salt and pepper, to taste, sprinkle with remaining parsley, and serve the sauteed green beans immediately. Enjoy!

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How to cook green beans

We find that blanching your green beans makes them tender and easier to cook afterward. If your green beans are extra thin or if you prefer your gene beans crisp, just skip the bleaching part.

How to quickly trim and cut green beans

Since most green beans sold in grocery stores are not stringy anymore, you can trim and cut them straight away:

  • Grab a handful of green beans, then place them on the cutting board. Make a uniform pile with the green beans all lined up lengthwise.
  • Align one end of the green beans with the edge of your knife. Make sure all the ends of the green beans are in contact with the edge of your knife. Then grab them in one hand, and cut off the ends.
  • Flip the beans the other way, and then push them towards your knife blade so that the other ends are aligned. Same as previously, grab the pile of green beans and slice off the other ends.
  • Slice into 1-inch pieces or shorter if you like.

How to blanch green beans

Blanching the green beans requires a large pot of boiling water for quickly cooking the beans and a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process immediately (and keep that nice green color). 

After blanching, just sautee the green beans for a total of 8 – 10 minutes with onion, spices, and herbs, then deglaze with lemon juice and vegetable stock to scrap the tiny browned bit back to the sauce.

How to cook Green beans without blanching

If you’re in a hurry, you can always throw the green beans in the skillet and cook them from scratch without blanching first. Start with medium heat to avoid burning the beans. Except when roasting, we favor the texture and color you get from blanching the green beans in boiling water first.

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How to season green beans

How to make green beans taste good? Well, this ingredients list is the answer:

  • Fresh green beans: we prefer fresh green beans for the texture. While they work well for casserole or soups, frozen or canned green beans won’t be as crisp-tender as fresh green beans for this sauteed green beans recipe.
  • Unsalted butter: We saute the green beans in a little fat for the taste and color.
  • Olive oil: helps to bring the temperature higher by preventing butter to brown too quickly.
  • Onion: Add that once caramelized flavor to the cooked green beans.
  • Garlic: What would do without garlic? 
  • Lemon juice: The secret ingredient to make these green beans awesome!
  • Vegetable stock: To deglaze the green beans and onion and give a little moisture to an otherwise dry side dish.
  • Fresh parsley: we love the “cut” of freshness.
  • Hot sauce, salt, pepper: Green beans are pretty bland on their own so let’s spices things up!

Are green beans healthy?

You bet! Green beans are a great source of fiber, potassium, iron, protein, and zinc.

What to do with green beans leftovers?

You can keep the green beans for up to 2 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Reheat on the stove or in the oven, covered. You can also use the green beans for your soups, stew, and slow cooker recipes.

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