Perfect Garlic Green Beans


“Mom, I really need more garlic green beans.”

Requests for vegetables make me want to do a little dance, cheer, and somersault all at once.

It’s no mistake that I call these perfect green beans. I can consistently make them in ten minutes. Oh. And they are always perfect. (Unless, I burn the garlic. P.U.)Perfect-Garlic-Green-Beans

Think lemony, salty, garlicy. You’ll love getting the first bites right there at the stove. Use your fingers.

I knew I needed to get this one on the blog ASAP because our garden green beans are in full swing. If you are sane, and do not have a garden, you can find green beans for great prices right now in the produce section.Green-Beans-Cutting-Board

Perfect Garlic Green Beans

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups

Serving Size: Serves 4 side dish portions

This savory side dish compliments any protein. It's the perfect way to capitalize on handfuls of green beans from the farmer's market.


  • 2 Large Handfuls Fresh Green Beans (about one pound), washed and trimmed
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Medium Lemon, or 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt


  • Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pan on the stove. Add garlic to the oil and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add the green beans and stir for 4 minutes, or until the beans are tender crisp and a bright green color. Turn off the heat. Add the lemon juice and coarse sea salt and stir again.
  • Toss the Panko bread crumbs into the pan and stir to coat.
  • Serve immediately.

3 Replies to “Perfect Garlic Green Beans”

  1. Oh, my, Alli! This look to die for! Panko breadcrumbs are the best? Our garden is about to explode as well (thank you, rain!) so I suspect I’ll be doing a little dance and somersault myself this week! Thanks for sharing! 😉

  2. Hi! I’m here from the Friday Favorites and I love this recipe for green beans! I pinned it to my Pinterest board “FOODS-Sides” thanks for sharing! While I was here I also followed you on Pinterest, Twitter and liked your fb page! I am from both The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver and Million Mile Blog have a great day!

  3. Hello from Friday’s Favorites. This recipe looks delicious. Green beans are a veggie my whole family can eat 3-4 times a week without complaint. This would make for a nice variety in the way I cook them. I don’t usually use breadcrumbs or lemon juice.

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