Garlic and Olive Oil Sauteed Green Beans

I love cooking, it’s obvious right? I know that I love eating just as much as I love cooking. So recently when I was asked by Le Creuset if I wanted to participate in their Pairings photo contest, I jumped at the chance. Not just because I love Le Creuset products but because I love to cook. I’m very fortunate to get to work with such an amazing brand, not only do I love the products, I also love working with the people who represent the brand.

The task was to photograph their new Marseille blue round French oven along with two of their stainless steel cookware pans (2 qt. Stainless Steel Saucepan with Lid and 9.5” Stainless Steel Fry Pan). I was so thrilled they asked me when the pieces arrived, I was stumped! I first shot the products with nothing in them but that didn’t seem right.

I then thought about what the perfect pairings are when it comes to food and meat and potatoes came to mind. I then rounded it out with green beans. I wanted to give the feeling that dinner’s ready and to really allow the products to shine. After I finished shooting the shots, Curtis and I sat down to eat dinner. :)

The shot above is what I submitted for the contest. The other food bloggers submitted some wonderful entries and it’s pretty stiff competition. I would really appreciate your vote – it’s really easy, all you have to do is like this photo on pinterest. If I win, I will get to give away this same set above to one of The Little Kitchen readers!

I’m in love with the new Marseille blue color and I noticed that they redesigned their French ovens! The handles are a little bit bigger and are easier to grip, the lid handle is a little bigger too. As always, Le Creuset French ovens are always easy to clean.

About the recipes in the Le Creuset cookware – I made Cristina Ferrare’s Classic Roast Beef and her wonderful smashed potatoes. This is absolutely my most favorite roast beef recipe and the potatoes are always a favorite. I always make extras so I have leftovers!

I’m in love with these tri-ply stainless steel pieces too, the handles hardly got warm while I was cooking so no worry about getting burned.

And these green beans – a favorite and staple at holiday dinners in my family. This green bean recipe is the way to go, first you par-boil them (boil them for just 4-5 minutes) and then put them into an ice bath and sautee them when you’re ready to eat dinner.

Say it with me, no more soggy, overcooked green beans! This recipe is a foolproof way to ensure you still have the green color in the beans as well as a nice crunch.

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Garlic and Olive Oil Sauteed Green Beans

Yield: Serves 3-4

Prep Time: 5-8 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 25 min

The perfect green bean every time. No more soggy green beans!


  • 1 pound green beans, ends popped or chopped off

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • salt & pepper


  1. Prepare green beans and bring a pot of water to a boil. Allow green beans to boil for 4-5 minutes, ensuring they don't change color and lose their crispness.

  2. Drain green beans and add to an ice bath. Drain and set aside until ready to sautee.

  3. Heat a sauce pan or skillet on medium heat with olive oil for at least 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 60 seconds. Add green beans and cook for 3-5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

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Don’t forget to vote for my photo in the Le Creuset Pairings Photo Contest until May 31st. Also, visit Le Creuset’s Pairings’ site for a chance to win Le Creuset products – there are weekly prizes!

Disclosure: I received a set of Le Creuset cookware in order to participate in the Pairings contest. I was not asked to post about them nor was I compensated. As always, I only share with you my honest opinions and my favorite brands. One more thing, there are a few affiliate links in this post.

32 Responses to “Garlic and Olive Oil Sauteed Green Beans”

  1. 1
    Jeanette — May 14, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    Love this simple preparation for green beans. Can’t wait for some farm fresh green beans to show up at our farmer’s market.


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 14, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    This looks so delicious! Yum!


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    Kathryn — May 15, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    This is one of my favourite ways to eat green beans, sometimes I throw in a dash of white wine too to ramp up the deliciousness! The blue of the Le Creuset is gorgeous too.


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    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 15, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    I love love sauteed green beans!


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    Mai Nguyen — May 15, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Those green beans look fabulous! Bright in color and still crunchy? Yes, please!


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    katie — May 15, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    I love sautéing green beans!!! Your photos are beautiful as always!


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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 15, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I love green beans cooked with garlic, yum!


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    Aggie — May 15, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Oh so simple and oh so delicious!! This is my favorite way to eat green beans, hands down. The more garlic the better too 😉

    Love that blue color! I have a blue (looks the same, but couple of years old) – need to add to my collection! Gorgeous photos!


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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — May 15, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    I am just a teensy bit jealous — I’ve been drooling over this new color since it came out! And the green beans look divine. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best!


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    Cookin' Canuck — May 15, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    Those smashed potatoes are making me salivate. And I love the simple preparation of the green beans. Lovely shots, Julie!


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    Paula- bell'alimento — May 15, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Isn’t that just the most gorgeous Le Creuset color! I am smitten!


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    Diane {Created by Diane} — May 16, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    that blue is so PRETTY! and the green beens…YUM!


  13. 13
    Jessica @ How Sweet — May 16, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I think you just made me want green beans…..


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    Carolyn — May 16, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I adore le Creuset. I also adore green beans done simply like this!!!


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    Angie — May 16, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Those pictures are amazing! And I love the green beans, so full of flavor.


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    elizabeth @ chronic venture — May 16, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    yumm all of this food looks amazing! and i think you did a great job capturing the le creuset cookware.


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    Laura @ GotChocolate — May 17, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    ACK! I’m reading your blog again at 9pm, which is my bedtime! Now I’m hungry! HAHAHA!

    Yeah, I agree with the others, your green beans look SO delicious! 😀


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 17, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    looks great! I love Le Creuset!


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  22. 19
    Michelle — May 14, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    I just made these for dinner tonight with a roast pork tenderloin and they were so good! My whole family loved them, thank you so much for the recipe! :)


    • Julie Deily replied: May 29th, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

      That’s so fantastic to hear, Michelle! So glad they loved them! :)


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    MaryJo — July 2, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    Hi. I love your green beans. I usually roast my green beans, but stovetop is perfect for summer.


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    Tiffany — August 7, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    This is an amazing recipe.


  25. 22
    sherry mcvicker — December 30, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Can you use frozen ones?


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    Aqiyl Aniys — March 24, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    I love greens beans and I love your recipe. It is simple, yummy, and nutritious.


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    Aqiyl Aniys — March 29, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    I had these with some quinoa and they were great.


  29. 25
    Louis Louis — June 2, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

    this is my go to prep for green beans! Thanks!


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    Stephy — February 26, 2015 @ 3:22 pm

    Those green beans will pair wonderfully with my grilled onion- Teriyaki chicken breast and homemade Garlic pepper Mashed Taters. Thanks for the recipe.


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    Don — March 10, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    I just wanted to comment on your expressive photo. I went to Pinterest and viewed the other photos before I “LIKED” your photo. Not because I thought yours was lacking, on the contrary, I wanted to see your competition. If I were a cookware manufacturer I would want my ad photos to express the quality and the functionality of my products. I would want a Bright, Vibrant, Warm and Colorful image to express that and I believe you nailed it. It appears the vote count says it all…Good Luck!!!


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