Garlicky Green Beans Recipe – The perfect green, nutrient-dense side dish to add to your next meal is this Garlicky Green Beans Recipe. In under 20 minutes, you have a delicious Asian-inspired side dish. Full of umami-flavor from the coconut aminos, rich in garlic and a dash of sea salt.
Inspiration for this Delicious Garlicky Green Beans Recipe
A few years ago, my husband and I were seeking out a healthy lunch at an airport layover. This isn’t easy to do – especially since we are gluten free, mostly dairy free, refined sugar free. Plus, we stick to eating as many vegetables as possible each day. So, a quick take-out restaurant isn’t going to cut it.
A small Asian take-out drew my husband in with their spicy chicken on brown rice. The side: Garlicky Green Beans loaded with the most delicious and satisfying flavor.
The long, thin green beans were perfectly sauteed with the perfect fresh crunch. Flavored with coconut aminos, fresh garlic and sea salt, I knew I had to made this simple dish at home.
A New Family Favorite Side Dish – Garlicky Green Beans Recipe
Whether we eat homemade Turkey Burgers loaded with mushrooms or Macaroni and Cheese, this garlickly green beans does the trick. Regardless of the coconut aminos, a great substitute for soy sauce, this Asian-inspired dish will go with any main entree.
I’ve also been known to just eat a big bowl of this Garlicky Green Beans Recipe.
We keep extra fine green beans in the freezer just for this recipe.
A Healthy Garlic Boost
We use a lot of garlic in our food here at Clean Cuisine. The overwhelming benefit is from the hydrogen sulfide.
Garlic consumption is so important for overall heart health. Something that America should definitely get on board with. In Italy and Korea they consumed a garlic-rich diet by consuming 8-12 cloves per day. However, research shows about 10 grams of garlic a day (about 3 or 4 cloves) will give you significant health benefits.
One thing is for sure, using this delicious garlic sauce for chicken on your recipes makes it that much easier to get the 3 or 4 daily garlic clove quota!
How to Choose the Healthiest Garlic
The majority of the garlic bought in the United States is from China. Unfortunately, this garlic is overwhelming not good or healthy.
Here are 3 simple strategies for choosing the healthiest garlic.
#1: Garlic Bulbs Naturally Have Roots – Imported Garlic Bulbs have No Roots
The FDA requires that roots be removed from imported produce. United States garlic farmers typically leave the root attached. Therefore, if the bottom of a garlic bulb has roots, buy it. If no roots, skip it.
#2: Garlic Grows in Dirt – Therefore, Soil Stains on the Garlic Bulb is Natural!
Most imported garlic is heavily bleached to give the garlic that unnatural white appearance. Look for garlic that might be a bit dirty — likely is grown at a United States garlic farm.
#3: Is your Garlic Sprouting? This is Good News!
Garlic is a naturally producing plant. Therefore, you will sometimes see small green shoots sprout out of the garlic bulb. This is good news because imported garlic that’s heavily bleached will kill the garlic from sprouting. So, garlic sprouts are a sign of fresh and United States grown garlic.
Green Beans vs String Beans
A quick note before we dive into green beans vs string beans – you can use any kind of green bean for this garlicky green beans recipe.
Green beans and string beans are both long and green. However, sting beans are a bit thinner and typically referring to haricot verts or french style green beans. For this Garlicky Green Beans recipe, you can use either.
Some heirloom varieties may still have a fibrous “string” running down their sides. However, most varieties available today have been genetically modified to not include that fibrous center.
My Favorite Kind of Green Bean!
I love haricot verts, also known as french style green beans. They are delicate green beans, very thin and typically bright green. There are some yellow varieties available too — but to me, green beans are green!
Haricot verts are especially delicious in a salad after a quick blanching.
On with our Garlicky Green Beans Recipe…
Garlicky Green Beans Recipe
Garlicky Green Beans Recipe is a quick side to pair with any main entree. String beans loaded with fresh garlic, coconut aminos and sea salt.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 18 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 1x
- Category: Sides
- Method: Skillet
- Cuisine: Asian
- Diet: Vegan
- 16 ounces of frozen extra fine/string green beans
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4–6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- sea salt, to taste
- OPTIONAL: slivered raw almonds
- To a 2 quart micro-cooker, place the frozen green beans along with 1-2 tablespoons of water. Microwave for about 5 minutes. Remove and shake gently. Microwave for an additional 3 minutes.
- In a large 10″ or 12″ skillet (we prefer Xtrema Cookware or Cast Iron) on medium heat, add olive oil and green beans. Saute for about 3-4 minutes.
- Next, add the minced garlic and coconut aminos. Saute for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Add sea salt, to taste. Serve warm.
- OPTIONAL: Add a little crunch with slivered raw almonds.
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