Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Parmesan Green Beans

Yay, here’s another side! And a very, very tasty one at that!

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This is probably my favorite side. I love green beans, for starters. Then, I add butter, garlic and parmesan. Really?  It’s like not even fair, I know.

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef


These make the perfect side for salmon, meatloaf, pork chops and even your Thanksgiving turkey.  I also think they are wonderful along with my mashed sweet potatoes.  Yum!

I like mine just a little crunchy, so I don’t cook them all the way when steaming them.  The whole side dish comes together really quickly and leaves your plate just as fast.

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

When shopping for green beans, I take the time to pick out the pretty, non-browned, plump ones, as opposed to just shoving a big ‘ol handful of beans right into the bag.  It actually makes quite a difference in the final product.

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These garlic Parmesan Green Beans are an amazing and easy side for almost any meal. They are a big favorite in our home.
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, stems removed
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  1. Using a large pot and a steamer basket or colander that will fit inside, add approximately 1-2 inches of water to the pot and heat over high heat. Once the water has reached a boil, add the green beans to the steamer basket or colander and cover. Allow to steam for 6-8 minutes, or until the green beans are starting to become tender but have not finished cooking. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Transfer steamed green beans to the melted butter and garlic. Toss to coat green beans evenly and continue to saute for approximately 5 minutes over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper and add more if necessary, to taste.
  4. Remove from heat and sprinkle grated parmesan. Toss once again until parmesan is melted.


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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

23 comments… add one

  1. NanaBread October 11, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Man, those look great. They remind me of the pan-seared green beans I used to get at a local Chinese restaurant that closed recently & broke my heart. They pan seared them with onions, soy, garlic, and a little sesame oil. They were awesome. Now that they’re gone, I’m turning to your garlic parmesan green beans to heal my broken heart.

    PS – Now that you’re home, what did you think of Austin? Ready to move yet?

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 13, 2010, 9:13 am

      Thank you! Love the idea of pan-searing the green beans with onions, soy, garlic, and a little sesame oil…that sounds fantastic. Sorry that store closed! I still feel the agony of a local Japanese restaurant that closed 10 years ago that had the BEST paper-wrapped salmon butter-yaki, so I totally understand your pain. I hope this recipe can help ease your suffering a little :)

      We actually just got back home last night from Texas. We LOVED Austin and have actually decided to move! We loved the people, the restaurants, the downtown and all its character… Thanks so much for your recommendations! We checked out the Salt Lick, Chuy’s and Hey Cupcake and had a blast!

  2. Spencer Huey October 19, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Hello fellow San Diegan,
    This beans look great! So simple, yet so good. This allows all the flavors to have their own voice and speak out. I need to try this soon.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 20, 2010, 9:33 am

      Well, hello Spencer! I’m so glad you like the recipe. I agree…I love how simple this recipe is and, yet, how delicious the basic flavors are. Thanks for commenting! See you around!

  3. Staci October 22, 2010, 2:44 pm

    These look so fantastic, I can’t wait to make them! I like my veggies still crunchy so these just make it that much better. I’m so excited. [:

  4. Tanya November 3, 2010, 7:09 pm

    I’ve been looking for some new side dishes to try and this fits the bill perfectly. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing it!

  5. kristy.lynn May 4, 2011, 7:50 pm

    i tried these tonight & the hubs & i LOVED them! i found the recipe via pinterest & couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out! i’m sharing one of your pictures (because we ate them all before i snapped one) & a link to your blog on my blog!

    thanks so much for sharing! :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef May 5, 2011, 3:21 pm

      You’re so very welcome! Thanks for the great feedback, review and link to my blog! I’m glad you all enjoyed the recipe :)

  6. Laura January 27, 2012, 6:07 pm

    These were soooooo good!!

  7. Tiffany May 3, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Soooo good & even my veggie-hating son ate it without complaining! A win for my whole family !

  8. Caroline May 15, 2012, 10:30 am

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  9. Jessi June 21, 2012, 2:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! (Found it on Pinterest) Can’t wait to try it!!

  10. Sharon L. September 14, 2012, 1:12 pm

    I found you on pinterest, great recipe! I hand pick my green beans too. My husband is usually done getting the rest of our produce by the time I’m done picking out a pound of green beans!

  11. saltandserenity September 20, 2012, 6:18 pm

    I love discovering new ways to eat green beans! When I saw these on Pinterest, I knew they would be fantastic. So simple, yet so yummy! You have such a pretty blog. Glad I found you.

  12. Grace December 11, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Yum Yum Yum. This is one of our go to veggie dishes! :)

  13. Bindu March 25, 2013, 2:07 am

    Yum!!!this looks great and delicious, great pics…

  14. Mira September 13, 2014, 12:16 pm

    This recipe is so simple and I like the steaming method better that sautéing green beans. Such a great combination of flavors. I found your blog through Pinterest.

    1. Lacey Baier September 15, 2014, 7:20 pm

      Thanks, Mira! Yay for Pinterest! Welcome :)

  15. nike dunks October 22, 2014, 7:06 pm

    Hi, for all time i used to check blog posts right here
    early within the morning, mainly because i like to learn additional and mucch more.


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