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Quick Stovetop Green Beans

These Quick Stovetop Green Beans are a delicious side dish that can be served with potatoes, pasta, grains, or bread. You'll love the flavor of these tender beans in a garlicky tomato sauce.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 208kcal


  • 16 oz. green beans, ends trimmed, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 12 oz. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • tsp. sea salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. pepper or to taste
  • tsp. red pepper flakes or to taste


  • Boil a medium-sized pot of water with a generous amount of salt in it. Toss in the trimmed green beans and cook for 5-10 minutes. You can cook them more or less, depending on how soft or firm you like your green beans.
  • While the beans are cooking, heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the oil and then the tomatoes, cut in half. Cook them until they become soft and start to fall apart, about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if you're using them). Stir and cook for a minute or two.
  • Finally, add the cooked green beans to the seasoned tomatoes and stir well. Cook everything for 3-5 minutes, allowing the flavors to come together. Serve warm.



Add-ins and Substitutes

  • Use other veggies. You can also make this dish with asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, kale, onions, or broccoli. Almost any vegetable will work with the sweet flavor of the tomatoes and aromatic garlic.
  • Add herbs. Try this recipe with the addition of fresh herbs, like cilantro, oregano, dill, basil, or chives. This adds a wonderful earthy, herbaceous flavor and smell to these Quick Stovetop Green Beans.
  • Substitute other tomato varieties. I enjoy this dish with cherry tomatoes for their flavor, but you can also use grape or Roma tomatoes. In a pinch, even crushed or diced canned tomatoes will work.
  • Add protein. Make this a more filling meal with the addition of diced tofu, nuts, or beans.

How to Store

Store these Quick Stovetop Green Beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop to serve.


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2492IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 4mg