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Skillet Green Beans

This simple Skillet Green Beans recipe with lemon and garlic is ready in 30 minutes and goes great with any meal! It can't get more simple than a handful of ingredients in one pan - you're going to love them! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 97kcal


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • ¼ cup chicken broth low sodium or no sodium added
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • Prepare the skillet: Heat the skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Once melted, add the garlic and let it saute for about 30 seconds, or until it becomes aromatic.
  • Cook the beans: Stir in the green beans, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt pepper and broth. Cover the skillet and cook for 10 - 12 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  • Finish the dish: Uncover the skillet, turn heat down to medium-low and continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, just until the green beans start to char a bit. Finally, stir in the lemon juice, garnish with parsley and serve warm!



  1. In the fridge your green beans will last about 3 - 4 days, stored in an airtight container.
  2. They also freeze really well, so if you'd like to extend the shelf life of the beans, store them in an airtight container or tightly wrapped and they'll last for for 4 - 6 months.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1096IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg