Jacquelynne Steves

Simple Garlic & Butter Green Beans Recipe

This Simple Garlic & Butter Green Beans Recipe is so easy- I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe. I like to make this for large gatherings because it’s so simple, and you can make it a day or two ahead if you would like. Then all you have to do is pop it in the microwave right before serving. This is the second recipe for the month of November highlighting yummy eats for Thanksgiving. To see last week’s recipe (Pumpkin Lasagna), go to the bottom of the page.


Simple Garlic & Butter Green Beans Recipe

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 bags of whole green beans or green bean and baby carrot mix, 12-16 oz each

Salt and pepper


Melt butter over low heat in large sauté or frying pan. Add olive oil and stir. Add onion and garlic, increase heat to medium and sauté until onions are soft (about 5 minutes.) Season with salt and pepper.


Add green beans to pan and toss to coat with onion and garlic mixture. (*See instructions below if you are making the recipe a day or two ahead.) Cook just until green beans are cooked through but still brightly colored. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


*At this point, if you are making them ahead, place vegetables in a casserole dish and cover (the green beans will still be frozen at this point.) Place in the refrigerator. Right before serving time, cook in microwave for a few minutes until vegetables are heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.



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  • Jacque (aka Snoodles)
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    It’s such a pretty side dish! I need easy ones like this for our Thanksgiving dinner! :)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      It’s on my menu for Thanksgiving because it’s so darn easy! And you need some green stuff to balance out all of the starches/carbs on the dinner table that day!

  • Jennifer
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Wow – after some of your other recipes this one does look very “simple” – but sometimes simple is just as good! Your photography makes this look so good – love the colors….

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 15, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      Yes, well, I think you need something fresh and green on Thanksgiving. I make this all the time! It goes with just about any meal.

  • Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    This look to amazing. I cant wait to try it for my family.

  • Chris
    Posted October 6, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Jacquelynne. You are so kind to share your recipes, your patterns and your life in general with us.
    You are a blessing !

  • Diana Salmon
    Posted October 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    About how long do you cook the beans? You use frozen beans?

    • Deborah
      Posted October 5, 2018 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi Diana! I made this recipe last year for Thanksgiving. I used frozen green beans. I cooked the beans for about 7-10 minutes. Just until they are cooked through and hot. They will still be a bright green color.

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