Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Green Beans with Onions and Garlic

Fresh green beans are becoming available locally in abundance.  I have them growing in my garden as well.  The green beans from my garden are crisp and sweet.  When I am picking them I find it hard to resist popping one or two into my mouth.  They are just so good.

When beans are so fresh, a great way to cook them is with a quick saute on top of the stove.  I like to blanch them for a couple of minutes first, cool them off in a water bath and drain them before finishing them in a frying pan.  With this technique you preserve the fresh flavor and crunch.  Your family will find it hard to resist these delicious vegetables.

The fresh young onions from my garden make a nice complement to the beans.  They are mild and sweet.  Add the simple flavors of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and you have a winning side dish.

Simple Ingredients
Green Beans with Onions and Garlic

  • fresh green beans, stem end trimmed
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Fill a medium sauce pan with water.  Bring water to a boil.  Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes. While the beans a re cooking fill a bowl with ice and water making an ice bath.  Drain the beans and place them all at once into the ice bath.  Cool the beans.  Drain them and set aside.

Cool Beans in an Ice Bath

In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and garlic together.   Cook for one minute.  Add the onions all at once.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook the onions for 3 minutes.  Add the beans and toss with the onions to cover with oil. 
Toss Beans and Onions Together

Cook for 3-5 minutes until desired level of doneness is reached.  Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, if needed.  Serve hot.

Deliciious Green Bean with Onions and Garlic

You can get the printable Green Beans with Onions and Garlic recipe by clicking on the link.

You may enjoy these other vegetable recipes:
Summer Vegetable Medley
How to Grill Corn on the Cob
Baby Spinach with Garlic and Olive Oil



  1. Nice green bean recipe, jealous, would love to have my own growing.

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  3. I love veggies, this is a great way to make green beans more interesting. Will definately try this!


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