Green Beans with Garlic

August2010 477 The green beans have only come in dribs and drabs for most of the summer. However, I am finally harvesting them fast enough to serve green beans as a side dish, rather than merely using them as an ingredient in soup.

I prefer to eat my veggies with just enough seasoning to highlight their natural deliciousness. Not too much, otherwise the seasonings overpower or muddy the flavor. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the tastiest!

I cook raw green beans in a double boiler.They can be a little under done after steaming because they will be cooked some more in the last step. If you don’t have a double boiler they can be boiled for 10 minutes instead.

Green Beans with Garlic
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound of whole uncooked green beans,rinsed, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 2 - 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • dash (or two) of coarse black pepper
  1. Put green beans in a double boiler. Bring water to a boil. Cover with lid and reduce heat.
  2. Steam the green beans for 10 - 15 minutes or until they are tender (the time will vary depending on type and thickness of green beans).
  3. Add butter and garlic to a large skillet. Cook over a medium-high heat until the butter melts.
  4. Add green beans and pepper; toss gently until beans are coated and heated through.



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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. These sound wonderful. I need to try a different recipe for green beans and this is one I think Bat will like

  2. The Book Lady Online says:

    Simple yet delicious looking. Yummy!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. We just picked some green beans and I was looking for a good easy recipe. I will be making this sometime this week, thanks! :)

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