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5-Ingredient, 8-Minute Skillet Green Beans

  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Adapted from Kristen Miglore’s recipe on Food52: Michel Richard’s Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts 


  • 1 pound green beans, stem ends trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed but not peeled
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan to taste, optional


  1. Combine the green beans, butter, water, and garlic cloves in a large skillet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cover the pot, place over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer, then immediately turn heat to low once water is simmering.
  2. Cook for 8 minutes or until the beans are cooked through but not mushy. Transfer beans to a serving dish. Shave parmesan over the top if you wish. Crack more pepper over the top if you wish, too.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, French

Keywords: green beans, stove top, butter, water, salt, parmesan