Green Beans Topped with Lemon Zest in a Large Skillet

Easy Skillet Green Beans

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 1 minute
  • cook_time Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 17 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Side Dish
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


These Easy Skillet Green Beans are the perfect light and healthy side dish for your next meal. They’re easy to make in one pot with fresh lemon, red pepper flakes and garlic!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. green beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Add olive oil and green beans to the pan.
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until green beans have blistered or browned on the sides.
  4. Add in garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  5. Stir and saute for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat, add lemon juice to pan. Stir to combine.
  7. Serve.


  • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 42 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 3 g

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