These Garlic Parmesan Green Beans are an easy vegetarian side that require just 6 ingredients and 15 minutes!
If I had to choose my absolute favorite vegetable, it’d have to be green beans. Call them a vegetable. Call them a legume. I don’t care – they’re tasty. Not only are green beans delicious and crunchy, but they’re also low in calories and fat and contain no cholesterol. Plus they’re high in fiber and protein.
So, really, green beans rock.
They rock so much, in fact, that you don’t have to do much to them to make them tasty. Truth be told, I’ll enjoy a bowl of green beans raw. BUT add some sauteed garlic, sea salt, and parmesan to fresh green beans and I’m good. So good.
How To Pick Fresh Green Beans
When shopping for green beans, I recommend you take the time to actually pick out the ones you’re looking for. Don’t just grab handfuls and stuff them into your bag.
Instead, look for the bright green, non-browned, plump fresh green beans. It actually makes quite a difference in the final product. If the green beans look dull in color and are slightly brown or have brown spots, they’ll likely be woody and not crisp and delicious. The greener, the better!
What Goes With Green Beans?
Okay, so we have this super easy fresh green bean recipe right here….so what goes with it? I’m so glad you asked! These green beans go with SO MANY different types of foods, but here are my absolute faves:
- Pan-Roasted Salmon
- Baked Chicken Parmesan
- Honey Mustard Chicken
- Pan-Roasted Steak
- Garlic-Roasted Pork Chops
- Thanksgiving Turkey
I also think they are wonderful alongside my mashed sweet potatoes and green beans plus mashed potatoes are all any of us ever need. All in all, they’re the perfect quick side for any weeknight dinner. So. Good. (And so easy!).
More Fresh Green Bean Recipes
Hooray for fresh green bean recipes! If you like this garlic parmesan green bean recipe, you’ll love these other green been goodies:
What are your favorite ways to enjoy green beans? Share in the comments below!
Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
These garlic parmesan green beans are an easy vegetarian side that requires just 6 ingredients and 15 minutes! These will quickly become a welcome side for your dinner rotation.
- 1 lb fresh green beans, stems removed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently..
Add the green beans, sea salt, and black pepper, and toss to coat green beans evenly. Continue to saute for approx. 5-6 minutes.
Remove from heat and sprinkle grated parmesan. Toss once again until parmesan is melted.
These parmesan green beans are such a versatile side dish. They can be as simple as a side to meatloaf for a weekday dinner, or can be dressed up for a Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day side. They are so tasty, and shockingly easy to prepare.
Pro Tip: Make sure to not cook the green beans all the way through so they still have some crunch to them. This will help improve the overall texture of the green beans when served. Don't skimp on the parmesan as well when serving - it adds a great saltiness to the green beans.