Lemon Garlic Butter Green Beans

This is a simple recipe for Lemon Garlic Butter Green Beans that makes a great side dish. The beans are cooked until tender and then tossed in a lemon garlic butter sauce. You can adjust the amount of lemon and garlic to taste. I like to serve these green beans with roasted chicken or fish. You could also add some toasted almonds or Parmesan cheese.


  • 1 lb (450 g) green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 3-5 minutes, until tender.
  2. In a small pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the green beans and add them to the pan with the butter sauce. Toss to coat.
  4. Serve immediately.

Potential changes & improvements

If you want a little more lemon flavor, you could add some zest to the sauce. You could also swap out the butter for olive oil, if you prefer. I like to use fresh green beans, but you could also use frozen ones. Just cook them for a minute or two longer.

What other food it works well with

As I mentioned, I like to serve these green beans with roasted chicken or fish. They would also be good with grilled steak or pork chops. If you want to make them into a main dish, you could add some cooked chicken or shrimp.

Common Mistakes

One mistake people often make with this recipe is not cooking the green beans long enough. They should be tender, but still have a little bite to them. Another mistake is not seasoning the sauce properly. Be sure to taste it before you serve it and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.

Nutritional Information

This recipe is relatively low in calories and fat. Each serving has about 100 calories and 7 grams of fat. It is also a good source of Vitamin C. If you are following a specific diet, please check the nutritional information to make sure this recipe fits into your plan.


This recipe contains dairy (butter) and soy (minced garlic). If you have allergies to these ingredients, please find substitutes that work for you.

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