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When it comes to quick, nutritious side dishes, it’s hard to beat the classic simplicity of sautéed green beans. This single serving recipe transforms crisp, fresh green beans into a savory delight with a handful of ingredients and less than 15 minutes of your time. Whether you’re pairing it with a fancy main dish or just looking for something simple and tasty to complement a weeknight meal, these sautéed green beans fit the bill with their perfect blend of crunch and flavor.

Enjoy these buttery green beans with a juicy Beef Tenderloin, Turkey Cutlets, a Ham Steak or flavorful Meatloaf.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick Preparation: Ready in a snap, it’s the ultimate time-saver.
  • Versatility: Pairs beautifully with numerous main courses.
  • Flavorful: Garlic and toasted almonds add a rich depth of flavor.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Green beans are packed with vitamins and are low in calories.

Ingredients

green beans, almonds, butter, garlic and salt on a wooden cutting board in a kitchen.
  • Green Beans: Fresh green beans are ideal, as they maintain texture and flavor when exposed to heat. For convenience, frozen beans can be used after thawing to prevent excess water from being released during cooking, which could lead to a less desirable texture.
  • Butter: Adds a rich, nutty aroma to the dish, complementing the other flavors. If preferred, substitute with olive oil for a lighter version or sesame oil for an Asian twist.
  • Garlic: Elevates the green beans with its aromatic essence. Garlic enthusiasts can add more according to taste.
  • Salt: Enhances the green beans’ natural flavor and preserves their vibrant color. Adjust the amount if substituting with table salt, and always taste and season accordingly after cooking.
  • Almonds: Bring a delightful crunch and nuttiness to the beans. Alternate options include sliced almonds, pine nuts, cashews, or omitting nuts entirely for those with allergies.

This section provides a quick rundown of the ingredients used in this small batch sautéed green beans recipe. For complete measurements and step-by-step instructions, please scroll to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

Recipe Variations

Let’s get experimental and add personal touches to your green beans:

  • Add other vegetables: Consider sautéeing other vegetables in the butter before adding in your green beans, like chopped onions, mushrooms, or even diced bell peppers.
  • Green beans with herbs: Adding fresh herbs can add another level of flavor. You might like to add in fresh basil, rosemary, or oregano.
  • Sautéed green beans with bacon: You might like to consider adding chopped bacon for extra flavor. Just cook it in the skillet before adding in the garlic and almonds. Use the bacon drippings instead of butter to cook the garlic before adding the green beans.
  • Make them cheesy: Garnish with shredded parmesan for a rich twist.
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How To Sauté Green Beans

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to sauté green beans in butter and garlic . See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Place trimmed green beans in a 2-quart saucepan and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the beans soften, about 4 minutes. This method is called blanching and keeps the beans deliciously crunchy.
a pot filled with green beans and water on a stove.
  1. Drain water from the pan and refresh in cold water. This stops the cooking process and helps the beans stay crisp and green. Set the beans aside.
  2. Melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and almonds and toast until golden, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the green beans to the skillet and toss to coat.
fresh green beans cooking in a skillet with garlic and almonds.

Expert Tips

  • Be careful not to overcook: When cooking the green beans in boiling water, cook them until they are crisp-tender. If you cook them beyond this, they can overcook in the skillet.
  • Gather your ingredients before starting: This green beans recipe comes together quickly so have all of your ingredients close by before beginning. Also, read through the entire recipe and review the ingredient notes.

Serving Suggestions

Transform your sautéed green beans into a dish that complements any meal with these serving suggestions. This versatile side dish pairs delightfully with a variety of proteins and grains, making it a go-to for any occasion.

green beans almondine in a pink bowl next to a purple and pink dish towel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare sautéed green beans in advance?

Certainly. To prepare ahead, cook the green beans as per the recipe. Cool them quickly by draining and rinsing with cold water, then dry them thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. When ready to serve, sauté the pre-cooked beans in the garlic and butter mixture until heated through.

Should green beans be trimmed before cooking?

Trimming green beans is recommended for the best texture and presentation. Just before cooking, remove any blemishes, line up the stems, and trim the ends with a sharp knife. Trim both tips for uniform beans. You can halve the beans for bite-size pieces or leave them whole, depending on your preference.

What’s the best way to store leftover green beans?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy them within 4 days. To reheat, simply warm them in a skillet or microwave until they reach the desired temperature.

How can I freeze green beans?

Freezing green beans is straightforward and ensures you can enjoy them year-round. After rinsing and trimming the beans, blanch them in boiling water, then cool them quickly in ice water. Drain well, then place them in freezer-safe containers. Label with the date and consume within 8 months for the best quality.

Does this recipe have a vegan option?

Absolutely! For a vegan-friendly dish, substitute the butter with olive oil or a quality vegan butter alternative for equally delicious results.

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Sautéed Green Beans For One

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
These single serving sautéed green beans are a simple, yet delicious side dish that goes well with just about any entrée. They're hot and buttery, with a hint of garlic and a fresh, crisp-tender texture. The green beans are seasoned simply with just a bit of salt and pepper and are tossed with slivers of almonds.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup fresh green beans , trimmed
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons almonds , slivered

Instructions 

  • Place green beans in a 2-quart saucepan and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the beans soften, about 4 minutes. 
  • Drain water from the pan and refresh in cold water. Set the beans aside.
  • Melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and almonds and toast until golden, about 1 minute.
  • Add the green beans to the skillet and toss to coat. Enjoy immediately.

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Notes

  • Consider cooking other vegetables in the butter before adding in your green beans, like chopped onions, mushrooms, or even bell peppers.
  • Adding in fresh herbs can add another level of flavor. You might like to add in fresh basil, rosemary, or oregano.
  • When cooking the green beans in the boiling water, cook them until they are crisp-tender. If you cook them beyond this, they can over-cook in the skillet.
  • You might like to consider adding in chopped bacon for extra flavor. Just cook it in the skillet before adding in the garlic and almonds. Use the bacon drippings instead of butter to cook the garlic in before adding the green beans.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 205kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 412mg, Potassium: 377mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1109IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 97mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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