Garlic Brown Butter Green Beans are a perfect vegetable staple! This simple and tasty veggie side dish goes with so many entrees and they are easy to make using fresh or frozen beans. Even your kids will love these flavorful vegetables!
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We absolutely love eating fresh green beans in our house. We eat canned green beans a lot too but usually we’re eating those when I’ve neglected to think about what will go with our entree.
Fresh green beans just have a completely different experience about them from canned green beans.
I remember working at the restaurant in college where we served haricot verts which felt super fancy but really was just the French word for green beans. That’s probably where I discovered how much better fresh green beans are than canned.
How to Prepare the Green Beans
Cooking always makes me feel like I’m part of an older time period.
I’m not usually one of those people who feels like they were born in the wrong generation or anything, but when it comes to cooking, I definitely have an old school style.
One thing I absolutely love doing is trimming green beans.
You could totally just cut off the stems (the firmer pieces on one end of the green bean that the beans grew from), but I love the process of breaking that stem off.
It takes just a handful of minutes and gives your water time to start boiling, anyway. But if you’re looking for something quick and easy, go ahead and chop off the firm ends with a knife.
Can you use frozen green beans?
For nights where you may need something yummy in a pinch, you can totally use frozen green beans for this recipe.
I doesn’t matter whether they are chopped or “French” style. This usually just means they’re kept whole and may be slightly skinnier than cut green beans.
Brown Butter Garlic Sauce
Either way, the “sauce” is really the star of this show, even though it’s barely a sauce at all!
Once your green beans are cooked (boiled in water), you’ll make your “sauce” which is simply butter and garlic.
What is Brown Butter?
The magic happens when brown butter is created.
Brown butter is almost like butter that you forgot was melting in a pan and is almost burnt but still viable. That may sound totally crazy, but it’s one of the best ways to bring out the flavors in both the butter and garlic.
How to Make the Brown Butter Sauce
After you’ve poured out your green beans, leave them aside and melt a few tablespoons of butter on medium-low heat.
As it’s melting use a spatula or spoon to move the butter around the pan, scraping any pieces of butter that might’ve browned and crisped up at the bottom of your pan. Once the butter starts to darken, add your garlic in and stir frequently so that the garlic doesn’t burn.
That’s the secret sauce to these delectable garlic brown butter green beans.
What to Serve with Buttery Garlic Green Beans
Some of my favorite entrees to go with garlic brown butter green beans are pan seared apple pork tenderloin or pistachio dijon mustard chicken. I also recommended, serving goat cheese rosemary drop biscuits.
Garlic green beans also make the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or the start to an incredibly yummy green bean casserole!
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- ½ pound fresh French style green beans (sometimes found in stores as hericot verts)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- About 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, depending on your preference
- In a stainless steel pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Remove stems from green beans by cutting or pulling them off by hand.
- Add green beans to boiling water.
- Boil for about 10 minutes, then use a fork to test the tenderness of one of the largest green beans. If you prefer green beans to be less cooked, test a few minutes early or add a few minutes for more tender green beans.
- Strain green beans and set aside.
- In the same pan, melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium-low heat.
- As it's melting use a silicone flexible spatula or wooden spoon to move the butter around the pan, scraping any pieces of butter that might've browned and crisped up at the bottom of your pan.
- Once the butter starts to darken, add your garlic in and stir frequently so that the garlic doesn't burn.
- Once garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes, add drained green beans back to the pan and toss to cover beans with butter and garlic.
- Add salt and pepper and toss once more.
- Serve immediately!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g