Garlicky Green Beans

Garlicky Green Beans

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, December 2006

We cook then cool the beans in advance so they can be heated up and seasoned moments before the meal. If you don't like tarragon, substitute dill or leave it out completely.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a large bowl of ice water next to the stove.
  2. Add half the green beans to the boiling water and cook until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the beans with a slotted spoon to the ice water to cool. Repeat with the remaining beans. Place a kitchen towel on a baking sheet and use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans from the ice water; blot dry with another towel.
  3. Just before serving, heat oil in a large Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the green beans and stir. Add parsley, tarragon, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2 and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 92 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 10 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 39 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 902 IU vitamin A; 14 mg vitamin C; 58 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 148 mg sodium; 187 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (23% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 10

June 22, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Too complicated...but yummy! I find the whole ice water thing and cooking beans in half portions beforehand a bit needlessly elaborate. I just steamed all the beans for 2 min, rinsed under cool water, drained a bit, then threw into hot garlicky butter/olive oil, etc for another min or two until just cooked through. Very tasty. Thanks for the inspiration.
March 02, 2014
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By: Jennifer26
These were good, but not great. They were almost too garlicky for me, and I like garlic. I'll make these again, but I'll use a bit less garlic next time.
November 30, 2011
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By: hectk
Best Green Beans Ever! I will never make green beans any other way again. I added tons of garlic and it tasted wonderful! The beans tasted like they were from a gourmet restaurant...very crisp and fresh tasting! Also, the tarragon made all the difference. Pros: You can make ahead, great variation Cons: A bit more time consuming
September 01, 2011
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By: Kat Y
Delicious! This was super easy to make, and also is a way to get me to get into green beans, even though I'm not a green bean person. I semi browned the garlic on accident, but that crispy garlic made it even more yummy. I would definitely make this again!
December 06, 2010
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By: newhampster1
Tried this for Thanksgiving and found it to be a little boring and not very garlicky. I love garlic!
July 21, 2010
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By: segamble
I'm not a big veggie eater, but this was a wonderful recipe. Wonderful flavor and pretty easy to make!
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
It was better than my mom's fresh green beans Lori, Houston, TX
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
I don't go crazy for green beans but this was such a good, quick recipe I had to try it. , Miami, FL
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
The garlic flavor is not at all overpowering - very nice and easy preparation! Karen, Perrysburg, Oh
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