Garlicky green beans

Handsome introduced me to these delicious garlicky greens when we were in Gabon and we cook them up  about once a week. They go with anything, they jazz up plain rice, are fantastic with a beef stew, I love them with chicken and they are unbelievable with mashed potatoes. You can have a healthy version by leaving out the butter and just using olive oil, but to be honest, butter salt and garlic are an unbelievable combination, so maybe just have them as a treat! They are almost as good just with olive oil and you can add as much or as little as you like. I prefer frozen fine green beans for this, they cook quickly and they are better than fresh. They are also great hot or cold the next day…


1 lb frozen finest whole green beans available
2 cloves minced fresh garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salted butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
Big pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a large frying pan with lid.
  2. Heat pan to high and keep lid closed, but stir frequently (the beans will steam in their own released water).
  3. When the beans are cooked (try one!), which is usually about 5 minutes, remove the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes until all beans develop a nutty brown color in parts and they are fragrant with the cooked garlic.

Green beans with garlic

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