Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Spicy Garlic Green Beans
We’ve been trying to eat more healthy since the holidays ended. But the rocky road dip I shared on Thursday isn’t helping, it is so good!

But eating a lot of fresh vegetables can help us get back on track. Sure, eating raw green beans would probably be best for us, but they are more enjoyable with some spice.

Warning: these spicy garlic green beans do pack a punch. Scale down the amount of red pepper flakes if you’re serving to a crowd who can’t handle the heat.

But I promise, if you like spicy then this recipe will help you eat your green beans :)

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 Pound of Green Beans


  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes (less if you don't want them spicy)
  • salt and lemon zest to garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Drain the green beans and set aside.
  3. In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  4. Add the shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  5. Add the green beans and mix everything together, making sure the garlic and shallots are evenly distributed amongst the green beans.
  6. Season with salt and the lemon zest and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from What's Cooking with Gabby.


Spicy Garlic Green Beans
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42 Responses to “Spicy Garlic Green Beans”

  1. Terri — January 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Hi Beth- Happy New Year to you and Yours: First time subscriber to your web site. I only use email and not Facebook. So am glad will still be able to try your delicious recipes. Some have seen and sure going to make the Earthquake Cake as well as some of the others I have seen and want to try making them…look O so goooood.. Keep up the good work as you must enjoy cooking as I do too and like to try simple recipes. Terri

    • The First Year Blog — January 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Terri! I look forward to having you along for the ride!

  2. Stephanie — January 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Oh these sound good! I’m pinning so I can try them this week :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Have a glass of milk nearby or turn down the spice! Thanks for coming by Stephanie!

  3. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — January 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    We love spicy food in our house so this will be a perfect side for any dish!! Pinned!!

    • The First Year Blog — January 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Enjoy Zainab!!

  4. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner — January 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Beth – I love this dish since I’m craving veggies lately – thanks for sharing this at Marvelous Monday today – pinned to mm MM board!

    • The First Year Blog — January 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you for pinning our recipe Deb!

  5. I’ve never really looked forward to making green beans until now! I must give these a try! I don’t usually like plain veggies, so these sound perfect for me. :) Pinned!

    By the way, I love your pictures! The green beans look very appetizing.

    • The First Year Blog — January 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Oh gosh, thank you Adrienne!

  6. Vickie — January 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Yum – this sounds really good – and healthy! As I get older I am enjoying more “spice” in my life, so this recipe will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — January 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Enjoy Vickie!

  7. Kelly — January 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

    This looks fantastic Beth! Love green beans and we love dishes with spice so this sounds perfect. Pinning and can’t wait to give this a try, thanks for sharing and hope you have a great week:)

    • The First Year Blog — January 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Another dish we both like! Enjoy friend!

  8. Ginnie — January 15, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I love spicy food and these green beans look so good! Can’t wait to try the recipe:)

    • The First Year Blog — January 15, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Thanks for coming by today Ginnie! I am going to check out your blog!

  9. Sarah — January 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This looks amazing! I must try :) Thank for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — January 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Sarah, enjoy the beans!

  10. Joanne T Ferguson — January 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    G’day Love the simplicity and your photos Beth! Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Recipes that tell a Story

    • The First Year Blog — January 18, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Joanne, I surely do appreciate whenever you come by! Always puts a smile on my face!

  11. Robyn — January 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I`m sold! Love the garlic and red pepper flakes. Looks great, Beth!

    • The First Year Blog — January 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Haha, sounds like a lot of people like this recipe! Thanks for coming by Robyn :-)

  12. Samantha @ Five Heart Home — January 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I love garlicky green beans but have never added the pepper flakes. Sounds yummy! Definitely trying this the next time I get some fresh green beans!

    • The First Year Blog — January 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      It definitely adds some spice!

  13. Brittany — January 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    These green beans look delicious!! My husband and I usually avoid buying fresh green beans because we never know what to do with them. When we go grocery shopping this week I think we’re going to have to pick some up so I can try this out!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Hey Brittany! Oh good no more moldy green beans from not being used! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

  14. Anyonita — January 20, 2014 at 6:16 am

    This is one of my favorite ways to have green beans! :) They’re at their best in the summer, straight from the field and slightly al dente. Add the garlic and the pepper flakes and then chuck them in the griddle pan and I’m in heaven! Thanks for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ll be featuring you tomorrow :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Oh geez! You make them sound so good all over again. If only I had a garden… :-)

  15. Crystal — January 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I’m one of the co-hosts of Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Spicy green beans are one of my favorite recipes at chinese food restaurants. I can’t wait to try them at home.

    Best Wishes,


    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Crystal! I am so glad you came by – I am stopping by your blog :-)

  16. jillyinmn — January 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I am always looking for new veggie recipes and this looks so good! I love your blog design as well!!!

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Jill! I appreciate your sweet comment! Thank you!

  17. Kristin KH — January 22, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Yum! This sounds delicious Beth! I would love for you to link this up with us at Tips and Tricks Tuesdays where we share healthy living advice. This recipe would be a perfect addition!

  18. cheeriosandlattes1 — January 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Beth, these look fantastic! We are huge green bean lovers and spicy anything, so I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 25, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Mackenzie, do your kids like spicy things too? Or do you and your husband get them all to yourselves? :-)

  19. spiced food — May 20, 2014 at 1:07 am

    These green beans look great.I love green beans especially skinny, crunchy ones!


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