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

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


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


  • Place 12 oz fresh green beans into a large skillet.
  • Add 1/4 cup water.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Cover & boil for 3 minutes.
  • Uncover & add 1-2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil.
  • Cook until water boils dry stirring frequently.
  • Serve. 
Keyword vegan, vegetarian
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Vegetarians: Add additional seasoning by tossing the beans with a drizzle of honey and dashes of low sodium soy sauce before serving, if desired.