Spicy Lemon & Garlic Green Beans

Irma | mycreativekneads
by Irma | mycreativekneads
6 Servings
25 min

Who recalls eating canned green beans as a kid? I do, I remember they were always served for lunch at school and for a very long time, I thought that was they only way they came and only way to eat them. I wasn’t a huge fan of canned green beans but as I got older, I learned to try new foods. Fresh green beans are one of my favorite vegetables. I love them cooked but want them to have a little crunch to them. This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make but the time can be longer or shorter depending on how you like your green beans cooked.

If you’re looking for a side dish recipe, this is a great one. Sautéed green beans with yummy bites of garlic, a lemony flavor and a little heat from the cracked chili pepper flakes. It’s not a very time consuming recipe, it’s very simple to make but I can assure you that the flavor is wonderful.

It makes a great side dish or it can be used as a main dish just by incorporating a protein. I’ve used shrimp and chicken, they both taste great. This is also a great meal prep food and I don’t mind eating them cold either.

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Spicy Lemon & Garlic Green Beans
Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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For the green beans
  • 2 lbs washed & trimmed green beans
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • Cracked red pepper chili flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
For the green beans
Heat 2 tbsp avocado oil in large skillet over medium heat.
Add the green beans, sauté for approximately 10 min until they begin to look tender, the color will slightly change from green to a pale green.
Add fresh crushed garlic cloves, salt to taste, red pepper flakes and stir to combine all ingredients. Continue cooking until garlic is translucent.
Add lemon juice, zest, stir, cover, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Transfer to serving dish and serve warm.
  • Carol Carol on Dec 30, 2022

    How much oil and what kind of oil? (Olive oil?)

    • Irma | mycreativekneads Irma | mycreativekneads on Dec 31, 2022

      Oh my goodness Carol, thank you for catching that! I used 2 tbsp avocado oil but you can also use olive oil or a cooking spray. I use avocado oil because the smoke point is greater than olive oil. Thank you again for catching that.