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Garlic Butter Green Beans

Rated as 4.06 out of 5 Stars

"'One summer, when my parents had a huge crop of green beans from their garden, I created this recipe,' Erika Niehoff relates from Eveleth, Minnesota. 'My children just love this yummy dish with garden fresh green beans.'"
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25 m servings
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place beans in a steamer basket; place in a large saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 7-9 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, in a small nonstick saucepan, cook garlic in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the lemon juice, sugar and pepper.
  2. Transfer the beans to a serving bowl; add garlic butter and stir to coat.


  • Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup equals 60 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


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Most helpful positive review

A very refreshing side dish. I made this dish exactly according to recipe. I would use less lemon juice.

Most helpful critical review

I made these for Thanksgiving. They were a nice change from regular beans, but nothing overly amazing.

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A very refreshing side dish. I made this dish exactly according to recipe. I would use less lemon juice.

It was very good. We didn't add the lemon juice though(didn't have any). We love fresh green beans. We mainly used the garlic, sugar, and butter. I steamed the green beans while heating up the b...

Great recipe! I used a steam in bag of green beans, less sugar and a mixture of olive oil and butter. The lemon juice gives the beans a very nice flavor.

Nothing dramatic in terms of seasonings here, but just a few, simple, fresh ingredients are often the characteristic and signature of great dishes. I don't have a steamer basket, so just droppe...

Perfect! I don't have a steamer basket so I just boiled the beans, drained, then mixed in with the garlic butter. Thanks for sharing! :)

For us, it was too much lemon juice. Next time, I'd cut the lemon juice in half (or use lemon pepper seasoning). I'd like to try this with EVOO next time.

Took these to a family get together and they were the hit of the meal! Everyone was so impressed, but they were super easy and quick to make.

The best recipe for green beans. This is so easy to make that you can't pass it up. My entire family loves them including the kids.

Very good. I only used a few spashes of lemon juice instead of the amount listed. I also added some bacon bits at the end.