Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon

Green Beans with Garlic and LemonYou either love them or hate them. Green Beans. Growing up, green beans were often served with a handful of dishes, from meat loaf, to fish (Mom, correct me), and they were most of the time, served out of the can. I have to say, that I am not a big fan of the ever so discolored green bean out of the can. Sure I will eat them, but if I have the option over a crunchy bean to a canned bean, I go quickly go for a fresh green bean.

I will also admit that I do not cook with canned green beans. I don’t care if they are being thrown in a casserole, or served another way, I simply will choose a fresh bean and cook them to the desired tenderness, most often cooked in boiling water for a few minutes, then dunked in an salted ice bath, and served.

This week I had a hankering for some beans. I quickly took note of items laying around, and came up with a nice lemon and garlic crispy bean.


  • Fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • lemon wedge for garnish

Begin by warming your oil. Do not bring it to a high heat as you want to warm the garlic and create a nice garlic flavored oil, while not burning or browning the oil. After a few minutes, add the beans, and toss a couple of times. This allows you to practice on the skillet toss if you are not an expert, at the same time moving th garlic and oli around to coat the beans.

You are only going to cook these for a few minutes, because you want them with a bit of a crunch, but not raw. Before removing, squeeze the lemon juice, toss again, season with salt and pepper, and plate. Serve with a lemon wedge. Quick, easy, healthy, and really fresh and delicious.

If you are cooking beans, what is your process? Fresh, or canned? I would be interested to know. Feel free to leave me comment.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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