Sautéed Green Beans

These easy Sautéed Green Beans are a healthy and tasty side dish that's quick and can be made year round using fresh or frozen green beans. This recipe is gluten free and easily made dairy free & vegan.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Author Meme


  • 1 pound green beans fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • If the green beans are fresh, snap or cut the ends off. [Usually, the frozen ones already have ends removed]
  • Fill a large skillet half way with water. Bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, add green beans. Stir and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice water.
  • After the green beans have boiled 2 minutes, transfer them to the bowl of ice water.
  • Dump the boiling water out of the skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add butter and garlic.
  • Drain green beans.
  • Once butter has melted, add drained green beans. Sauté for about 5 minutes until crisp-tender.
  • Season with red pepper flakes and salt. Enjoy!


*Use olive oil for vegan alternative.