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Garlicky Green Beans | Roots & Boots

Garlicky Green Beans

  • Author: Kathleen Henderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


A simple yet flavorful way to prepare fresh green beans.  Simple enough for weeknight dinners and fancy enough for special occasions.



  • 23 TB fat or cooking oil (I prefer bacon drippings or lard)
  • fresh, slender green beans
  • garlic cloves, sliced thinly, to taste
  • unrefined sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Trim ends of green beans.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Try cast iron, if you have it!
  3. When the skillet is hot, add fat or oil.
  4. After the fat has melted, add green beans.
  5. Reduce heat and cook for 5-10 minutes, until tender crisp.
  6. Push green beans to one side of the skillet and add garlic to the open space.  Add a bit more fat, if necessary.
  7. Cook and stir garlic several minutes until browned and fragrant.
  8. Toss beans and garlic, then season with unrefined sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  9. Serve hot.


For my family of five, I fill a 12-inch cast iron skillet with green beans and add anywhere from 3-6 cloves of garlic.

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