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Easy Skillet Green Beans

A delicious Easy Skillet Green Bean recipe. Fresh green beans roasted with savory garlic and just a pinch of red pepper flakes. It’s one amazing healthy holiday side dish. And, you only need 1 pan and 4 ingredients. Vegan, gluten-free & oil-free.

  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic or 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth


  1. Preheat nonstick pan over medium high heat.
  2. While the pan is heating up wash and rinse the green beans. Then, trim off the stems and any rough ends.
  3. Once the pan is ready toss in the red pepper flakes and let them toast for just a few seconds. Then, add the green beans and cook until you see them start to char and brown in places. Usually about 8-10 minutes. Be sure and stir often. You can add 1-2 Tbsp of water or extra veggie broth if needed to prevent sticking.
  4. Add the garlic, season with salt and pepper, stir to combine everything and let cook until the garlic begins to slightly brown. This should take less than a minute.
  5. Pour in the low-sodium vegetable broth then cover and let cook for just a minute or two.
  6. Serve immediately. This dish is best served when fresh. Leftover skillet green beans can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days, but not the freezer. To reheat simply microwave or toss into skillet over medium heat.


I like my green beans really charred so I tend to let them cook a little longer. But, that is simply my preference and indicated by the photos.

  • Author: Shane Martin
  • Prep Time: 10 mins.
  • Cook Time: 12 mins.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 43
  • Sugar: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 15.7 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.6 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: green beans, skillet green beans, vegan, plant-based, holiday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, vegan side dish, healthy recipes, oil-free