Side Dish: Spicy Green Beans with Garlic

Again keeping with my theme of things I can make quickly, our other side dish is another staple around here. Spicy green beans! The beans are not too spicy, just a bit of heat to make this dish more interesting!

The green beans were the least stressful part of the entire meal! Again, this is a side dish that I make regularly and knew would turn out well. Usually, I’ll use frozen green beans for this recipe. But, because it was a special occasion, I opted for fresh green beans.

The night before, I trimmed the beans and put them in a bowl of cold water. In a separate container was the butter and chopped garlic. And the spices were on the counter, ready to add on a moment’s notice. It was that easy. Best of all, everyone enjoyed them!

Spicy Green Beans with Garlic


  • 2 cups fresh green beans – approximate cost $2.00
  • 2 tablespoons butter – approximate cost $0.20
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil – approximate cost $0.10
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced – approximate cost $0.20
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper – approximate cost $0.10


  1. Trim the green beans.
  2. Heat the butter and grapeseed oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the minced garlic when the butter is melted.
  4. Cook garlic until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  5. Add the green beans, sea salt and cayenne pepper.
  6. Cook until beans are bright green but still crispy.

Makes 3 servings (approximate cost: $0.88 per serving).

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  1. A fabulous and simple green bean recipe! I wish I could find such gorgeous beans this time of year here. This looks so good!

    • Thanks MJ! While you can find fresh vegetables in Canada in the winter, they often don’t come cheap! We tend to splurge on this grocery item. I just can’t live without fresh fruits and vegetables!

  2. There is something about the crisp, green taste of the green beans paired with garlic. We will sometimes add some toasted sliced almonds and it’s delicious.


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