Easy Sautéed Green Beans are a simple side dish that’s quick to whip up and tastes amazing. Make it with fresh or frozen green beans for Thanksgiving, Christmas or anytime you want some greens on your plate.
Is it really almost Thanksgiving?? I guess I haven’t been paying enough attention to the days flying by 😉
Now I know I don’t share that many side dishes here on the blog. Mainly because when I make dinner on a regular weeknight myself, I don’t want to deal with three or four different pots and pans going on.
So I’ll throw the sides on a sheet pan along with the mains, whip up a one pot dinner or add our veggies to a pot of soup.
But for the holidays or a special occasion? Well, sometimes it’s good to go all out and make a side dish in its own pan – crockpot glazed carrots, homemade mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cornbread… All the works.
Ever since I shared my best tips for cooking fresh green beans, I’ve been wanting to share this uber-simple way I make sautéed green beans.
I know, I know, I know – nothing like grandma’s green bean casserole. But if you have a bunch of fresh (or frozen!) green beans around? This is one of the easiest ways to make them taste amazing!
Tips for cooking green beans:
- How to trim green beans: If you’re using fresh beans, use kitchen shears to trim them in bunches. So much faster and easier than doing it with a knife!
- How do you make green beans taste good? I mean, if you have to ask… Do you really want to make them? 😉 A bit of fat, great seasoning and cooking them until soft but not mushy are a surefire way to make them taste good!
How to make the best sautéed green beans:
- Can I sauté green beans without blanching? I don’t mind a bit of crunch, but if you want your beans to be soft all the way, you pretty much have to cook them in salted water first.
- If you’re not a fan of mustard, just leave it out. You can also use prepared mustard instead of wholegrain mustard if you don’t have it.
- Feel free to add chopped bacon for extra flavor and deliciousness. I often do this, but I wanted to keep the recipe as simple and basic as possible. Just cook it together with the onion and garlic.
Get the printable recipe here:
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed, (OR 1 pound frozen, not defrosted)
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Blanch green beans (optional step - leave out if you want firmer green beans vs softer ones): Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and the green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl with ice cold water.
- Sauté: Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add the beans, season with salt and pepper and sauté until softened to your taste, about 5 minutes.
- Season: Stir in the butter mustard and lemon juice. Check for seasoning and serve warm.