Honey Garlic Green Beans

Last Updated on January 18, 2023 by Kayla Berman

Honey Garlic Green Beans are an easy and delicious side dish recipe! Made with fresh green beans, salted butter, honey, and fresh garlic – this 4 ingredient dish is sweet, savory, saucy, and flavorful. Pair this 20 minute side with any main course for the perfect meal!

honey garlic green beans in a white bowl with a spoon

Sweet, Savory, & Delicious Veggie Side Dish

I am a total green bean lover! I think they’re incredibly delicious on their own with no seasoning or sauce.

So when I do put seasonings, sauces, and flavor on the green veggie – I’m truly blown away!

Like with this 4 ingredient side dish masterpiece. This recipe is made up of only green beans, butter, honey, and fresh garlic. And boy is it delicious!

I’m pretty sure these simple ingredients were made to be thrown together into this scrumptious dish.

Honey and Garlic Green Beans take minimal effort, come together in 20 minutes, and will be a total family favorite. Even among the veggie haters.

They’re saucy, garlicky, sweet, savory, and just downright delicious. I promise this side dish will be your new go-to way to get some green in!

Looking for some similar easy recipes? Check out my Roasted Frozen Broccoli or Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts.

green beans with honey and garlic in a pan

Ingredients

These sweet and savory green beans call for only 4 simple ingredients! What is easier than that?!

Ingredient Notes

  • Green Beans: This recipe calls for 12 oz fresh green beans!
  • Butter: I love the use of butter here. It adds an unbeatable salty, richness. 2 tbsp is perfect.
  • Fresh Garlic: Fresh garlic adds incredible flavor here. You will need 3 cloves garlic!
  • Honey: Honey adds the perfect sweetness to this savory side. I think it might just be the best part of this recipe! Add 1 tablespoon honey.
  • Salt & Pepper: Lastly, add salt and black pepper to taste.

Substitutions & Additions

This honey garlic green beans recipe does not call for many ingredients in the first place, so there aren’t too many changes you can make!

However, I do have a few ideas for substitutions or additions you could make to meet your personal preferences, tastes, or needs.

Butter: You could use oil in place of the butter here. Perhaps olive oil or sesame oil!

Honey: If you don’t haver honey on hand you could replace it with a different liquid sweetener. Like pure maple syrup or agave nectar.

Spices & Seasonings: The only seasoning I used in this vegetable side dish was salt and pepper, but feel free to add whatever you’d like. Maybe garlic powder for extra savory flavors, red pepper flakes for some heat, or a splash of soy sauce for a more Asian flare!

green bean side dish ingredients

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How To Make This Recipe

These green beans are quite the easy side dish! They take about 20 minutes from start to finish and will be your new go-to.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Bring a large pot of water on the stove to a boil.  Add the green beans.  Boil for 2-3 minutes.

Step 2: Remove the green beans from the pot and place immediately into a medium bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

blanched green beans in a ice bath

Step 3: Dry the green beans with paper towel.

Step 4: Add cooking spray to a large skillet or pan on the stove over medium-high heat.  Once hot, add the blanched green beans.

Step 5: Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the green beans are slightly blistered and browned.

Step 6: Turn the heat to low heat.  Add the butter, honey, and minced garlic cloves.  Combine.

blistered green beans with honey, garlic, and butter in a pan

Step 7: Sauté for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 8: Serve and enjoy!

honey garlic green beans in a pan

Expert Tips

If your green beans come in one of those microwaveable bags that are typically sold at the grocery store, you can skip the blanching. Just microwave according to the package directions! You will probably only need about half the time listed as you are going to be cooking the beans further on the stove.

Use fresh beans and fresh garlic if possible. These ingredients are just so much more flavorful than their frozen, canned, or dried counterparts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is blanching?

Blanching is the cooking process when a food is submerged in very hot, boiling water for a short time. Then once it is removed from the heat it is immediately submerged in a cold water ice bath.

It prevents the loss of color, flavor, and texture!

Can I skip the blanching?

If absolutely necessary, yes you can skip the blanching. You will just need to sauté the beans for a longer time.

However, I really do recommend blanching! The process does not take too long and results in bright green, tender, and delicious beans.

How to best serve this recipe?

This recipe is delicious served as a side to pretty much any main course!

Here are some fantastic options: Pan Seared Chicken Thighs, Creamy Herb Chicken, Parmesan Herb Crusted Salmon, or Baked Chicken Nuggets.

How to best store this recipe?

Store these green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should keep best for 5 days!

green beans with honey and garlic in a pan

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Honey Garlic Green Beans

Honey Garlic Green Beans are an easy and delicious side dish recipe! Made with fresh green beans, salted butter, honey, and fresh garlic – this 4 ingredient dish is sweet, savory, saucy, and flavorful. Pair this 20 minute side with any main course for the perfect meal!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 34 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

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  • 12 oz green beans, trimmed
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stovetop.  Add the green beans.  Boil for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove the green beans from the pot and place immediately into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  3. Dry the green beans with paper towels.
  4. Add cooking spray to a large skillet or pan on the stove over medium-high heat.  Once hot, add the blanched green beans.
  5. Sauté the beans for 3-5 minutes, until slightly blistered and browned.
  6. Turn the heat to low heat.  Add the butter, honey, and minced garlic cloves.  Combine.
  7. Sauté for another 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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