Garlicky Green Beans


This is one of those amazing vegetable recipes that makes something so delicious you can’t stop eating it — and you don’t need to! This makes a great side dish for just about anything, and the beans are good at room-temperature or cold too.

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Large skillet
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Heatproof spatula or wooden spoon
  • Pot holders


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger root
  • 1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1⁄4 cup cold water
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to low. When it is hot, add the oil.
  • ​Add the garlic and ginger (if using) and cook until they just start to color (they’ll get a little bit golden), about 30 seconds.
  • Add the beans and stir until they are lightly coated with the oil.
  • Add the water, raise the heat to high, and cook until the pan is almost dry, about 6 minutes.
  • Serve right away.



  • Stir in 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Add 1 tablespoon chopped toasted almonds or walnuts
  • Add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or cilantro
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (if you want to make it spicy)

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