Easy Sautéed Green Beans

Sauteed Green Beans

Green beans – I know, I know, not too exciting. I have to tell you though, this is my favorite veggie side dish. And we all need good side dishes in our repertoire. I know a lot of people are fans of the traditional green bean casserole this time of year, but I just can’t do it. I do love the crispy onion topping, but that’s about it. I tend to prefer my veggies as plain as possible. Just a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. They don’t need much. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love all things cheesy, but when it comes to veggies, I like them more plain and not soaked in cream or cheese. I also prefer my side dishes to be as quick as possible and these green beans fit the bill!

These sautéed green beans go with pretty much any dinner, but also work well for the holidays. I served them as a veggie side for Thanksgiving. I like adding almonds for added crunch and plus it makes them feel a little more special. I also sometimes like to throw in a splash of white wine for added flavor. Veggies can be special too!

Sauteed Green Beans

Easy Sautéed Green Beans


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • splash white wine (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the green beans and garlic and saute until the green beans are just tender (about 5-7 minutes).
  2. Add the almonds, the remaining olive oil and wine (if using), and some salt and pepper and saute for another few minutes until the green beans are crisp tender.
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Sauteed Green Beans



  1. I just love sauteed green beans. They are so simple, yet so flavorful!! Love the almonds in them!

  2. I’m completely with you – I just can’t do the green bean casserole. There’s something about it that I just don’t like! I prefer my veggies on the plain side too – these look great!

  3. I’ve never added wine to my green beans, but I love the idea! Green beans are one of my faves too, and yours are so pretty!

  4. I am actually really excited about this recipe! It is so refreshing to see a healthy recipe today in the midst of all of the cookie swapping going on ;) Yum!!

  5. I LOVE this recipe. I don’t generally like most vegetables, but green beans are the one exception. Thanks for sharing– I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Sounds perfect to me! I love that you’ve added a splash of white wine. With the garlic and almonds, they’re festive enough for the holidays!

  7. I agree… perfect veggie side dish. :) They look great… always love the touch of almonds. :)

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