Sauteed Green Beans in a skillet.
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The Best Sauteed Green Beans

Sauteed Green Beans with garlic, lemon zest, pistachios and Parmesan is a fast, delicious and healthy side dish. This easy to make side dish produces, tender, crispy and super flavorful green beans!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Sauteed Green Beans, Sauteed String Beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 89kcal
Author Kathy McDaniel


  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, shelled and chopped slightly
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. (3 qts of water and 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt). Prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl with cold water (tap water is OK) and some ice.
  • Add the trimmed green beans to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer the green beans to the iced water. Allow the beans to sit in the iced water for 4-5 minutes. Drain.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and lemon zest and saute stirring often for about 1 - 2 minutes or until the garlic and zest become fragrant. Don't allow the garlic to brown.
  • Add the green beans to the pan and stir well. Saute, turning frequently for about 2 - 3 minutes. 
  • Stir in the pistachios and Parmesan cheese. Saute for about 2 minutes, tossing frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.


  • Don't allow the garlic to get brown. You can turn the heat to medium if needed.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 11.3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.9mg