Use this quick skillet technique for perfect green beans

Quit boiling or microwaving green beans. This quick skillet method is my new standard go-to. The beans are perfectly crisp-tender, and retain their vibrant color and taste.


Skillet Green Beans

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 12 oz fresh green beans cleaned and snapped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2 tbsp butter or olive oil


  1. Place 12 oz fresh green beans into a large skillet.

  2. Add 1/4 cup water.

  3. Bring to boil.

  4. Cover & boil for 3 minutes.

  5. Uncover & add 1-2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil.

  6. Cook until water boils dry stirring frequently.

  7. Serve. 

Vegetarians: Add additional seasoning by tossing the beans with a drizzle of honey and dashes of low sodium soy sauce before serving, if desired.