Sauteed Green Beans

These green beans are some of my favorite things in a dish: easy to make, healthy to eat, tastes amazing, and ready in less than 30 minutes. What more can you ask for of a side dish??

Green beans

Sauteed green beans on a holiday plate

They’re a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for all kinds of meals. If I ever need a veggie for a dinner party, this is an easy win. They make a perfect holiday side dish – I’ve made it for Thanksgiving the past two years. Bonus because they add a little bit of healthiness to your plate!

Sliced shallots

Slice the shallots thin, and dice garlic.

shallots in oil

Add the shallots to a hot pan of melted butter & oil.

Cooked shallots

After 2 minutes, add the garlic.

Green beans added

Once the shallots are softened, add green beans. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or so.

Cook green beans

Let them cook uncovered for another minute or two to cook off any excess liquid.

Sauteed green beans

It’s that easy! Based on this recipe, with my own adjustments.



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 lbs green beans, trimmed
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)


  1. Slice the shallots thin and dice garlic. Melt the butter on medium high heat in a large pan, then add olive oil.
  2. When nearly smoking, add the shallots. After two minutes, add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the sting beans and chicken broth, making sure to coat the beans well and mix everything thoroughly. Bring everything up to a boil then allow to simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  4. The green beans should be cooked but still have a bit of crunch. Cook off any remaining liquid uncovered for another minute.

These should take 30 minutes or less, which is definitely a plus for any side dish!

Sauteed green beans

What are your favorite go to side dishes??

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