Garlicky Green Beans

These simple, garlicky green beans go with pretty much everything, including our baked lemon salmon with creamy dill sauce! These have been one of my favorite go-to sides for years so I had to share with you all. Enjoy!

Garlicky Green Beans

Garlicky Green Beans Ingredients:

  • 1 lb bag of Washed, Trimmed, and Ready to cook French Beans
  • 2 tbsp. Ghee (or sub olive oil or butter)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced


1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice.

2.  Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling salt liberally and add in green beans. Cook 3 – 4 minutes or just until bright green.


3.  Use a slotted spoon to transfer beans to ice bath to stop cooking process. Once cool, remove and pat dry.


4.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 2 tbsp. olive oil (or ghee), when melted and hot, add the green beans. Add the sliced garlic and the crushed red pepper and saute, stirring often, for 5 minutes.  Next add the lemon zest + juice and generous amounts of salt and pepper, to taste.  Saute for 2 more minutes.  Serve and Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    Veronica Johnson
    March 5, 2021 at 4:38 am

    I have made these so many times. They are amazing!!

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    Marcia Granucci
    January 17, 2021 at 12:54 am

    There are the best green beans beans I’ve ever had. I’ll be making these every week! Thank you for this recipe.

  • Reply
    July 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The recipe calls for zested and juiced lemon but does not say when to add the juice. Added at the same time as zest? Made the beans and my husband and I loved them. Thanks.
    Enjoying your posts on Instagram and your adorable daughters!

    • Reply
      July 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Sorry for that typo.. you did it perfectly, and I edited the recipe!! Thanks for pointing that out! 🙂

      • Reply
        March 22, 2021 at 8:20 pm

        I’m wanting to make your lemon-garlic green beans from your cookbook, but there is no mention of it in the ingredients or directions, can you help?

        ~ Anne P

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          April 10, 2021 at 7:45 pm

          I was just planning to make her lemon-garlic green beans from the cookbook too. No mention of garlic in the ingredients or the instructions. I’ll just go with 2 cloves. Quite the oversite in an otherwise great cookbook.

          • Alex
            April 11, 2021 at 10:39 pm

            Hi Julie,
            Yes– it was an oversight and something I am still bummed that we missed. Adding two cloves was the perfect intuition in the kitchen!

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