String Beans with Garlic

Total Time:
17 min
12 min
5 min

8 servings

  • 1 1/2 pounds French string beans (haricots verts), both ends removed
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Blanch the string beans in a large pot of boiling salted water for just 1 1/2 minutes. Drain immediately and immerse in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. When they are cool, drain and set aside.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a very large saute pan over medium heat and cook the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned. Add the string beans, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss together. Reheat the string beans and serve.

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    Crispy and tasty!
    What a great, easy recipe. I wanted a lighter, healthier side for Thanksgiving so I made Ina's string beans with garlic. Super simple, and tasty! The touch of butter alongside the olive oil made the green beans rich and tasty without weighing down the vegetables. This will be my new go to green bean recipe without a doubt.
    Yummy! I only had frozen french-style green beans on hand, but it still worked perfectly! Next time I'll add toasted sliced almonds...!
    Embarrassed to admit I've never sauteed green beans. These were so simple, yet so delicious. Blanching/ice bath a bit of a pain but well worth it! The pork roast, applesauce and green beans are definite keepers - this meal will be made again - soon!
    Absolutely wonderful made these for dinner tonight great.Changed a couple of things.Blanched the green beans for about four minutes because my family doesn't like them crisp,chopped the garlic because I don't care for the chips.They were great. Thanks Ina for a wonderful recipe.
    Absolutely easy and delicious. My first time ever cooking fresh string beans. I sliced and added a few mushroom I had on hand, yum!!
    I made this dish for a family Christmas party buffet for about 100 people. It was the only thing that was gone! More than 12 people came up to me for the recipe!
    Very simple and tasty
    Best way to include green beans on menu! Love them al dente - have used with garlic or shallots!
    Delicious and so easy to make!
    this is great - I added some golden raisins when reheating - wonderful.
    A delicious and very easy side dish to have with any meal!
    Ive added small sweet tomatoes while cooking garlic. It came out good.
    This recipe takes just a few minutes. My daughter who has hated green beans for the past 11 years absolutely loves these. I was able to get her to try them because the house smelled like "really good, garlicky pasta". Everyone loves these.
    there used to be an Ina recipe exactly like this only with shallots instead of garlic. its our favorite green beans of all time. truly delicious and super simple.
    This was an amazing dish. I will deffinatly make it again
    Made this as my contribution to Thanksgiving Dinner and everyone loved it. I took home an empty casserole dish. You can't go wrong with an Ina recipe!
    The recipe was easy to follow. The garlic flavor with the buttery olive oil made the string beans tasty. My husband loved the greens....he even asked for more.
    I enjoy using french string beans, and this simple recipe raised them to an entirely new level. I'd proudly serve this recipe to company. Thank you, Ina!
    After reading the reviews I expected this to be wonderful but I have to admit it was pretty bland. I followed the recipe exactly, so I'm not sure what went wrong, but probably won't make them again.
    I made this for a Valentine's Day side dish and it was a complete hit. It has the perfect amount of crunch and tastes great. Definitely a keeper!!
    I never had "french string beans" and they were great. Recipe is very easy to follow and they are quickly made. It's a keeper and will definitely make. The blanching techinque was perfect. There were not left overs.
    The blanching is too short, I don't like my string beans so firm that they taste raw. It's purely preference, but I'll blanch about 3-4 minutes next time. They were excellent otherwise.
    Quick and easy way to a healthy veggie.
    I just tried this recipe tonight and I liked it alot. I used minced garlic instead of a clove. I think I'll stick with boiling and then blanching veggies when I cook them as opposed to steaming them. Will definitely use this again.
    These beans were cooked perfectly. I am used to just steaming them, so I thought a little greasy, but my 7 year old son cleaned up ALL the 'strays'. I will saute in a little less butter/oil next time.
    My honey enjoyed these beans!
    This recipe was a breeze to make, and tasted wonderfully!
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