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Garlic Butter Yellow Beans

Garlic butter yellow beans are sauteed to perfection in butter and olive oil with minced garlic. These yellow waxy beans have golden edges with a little bit of crunch. All you need is a frying pan and 10 minutes to make them.

Yellow beans cooked on the stove are an easy side dish to serve with roasted chicken, steak, air fryer hamburgers, roast beef, marinated pork chops, white fish or salmon.

Cooked yellow beans with golden brown edges in a black skillet.

How To Eat Yellow Wax Beans

Yellow beans can be boiled, microwaved, cooked in the air fryer or cooked on the stove, like today’s recipe. We’ve also shared garlic green beans with bacon here on the blog which can also be made using yellow beans.

  • This quick recipe is simple and easy, using budget-friendly ingredients. Feel free to substitute with fresh green beans which will also taste great.
  • Consider this a healthy side dish to keep in your back pocket for almost any style of meal.
  • Fresh beans are fast to cook on the stove, taking only 5 minutes!
  • Minced garlic gets crispy when cooked in the frying pan. It’s the perfect crunch to the tender beans.
  • Want more flavor? Cooked yellow beans (sometimes known as string beans) can be drizzled with hot sauce, melted butter, lemon juice, parmesan cheese or salsa.
Ingredients for the recipe including a bowl of yellow beans with trimmed edges, bowls of butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and a head of garlic.

Recipe Ingredients

YELLOW BEANS: 1 lb of fresh yellow wax beans is used for this recipe. I grabbed a bag from my local farmers market. These are also available at the grocery store when they’re in season. The ends should be trimmed before cooking with kitchen scissors or a knife.

FLAVOR: The flavors are kept really simple with a bit of butter, some olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper. These ingredients enhance the flavor of the yellow beans.

Four images showing various steps to make recipe. First is a bowl of yellow beans, bowl of trimmed edges and a pair of scissors. Second is a black skillet with raw yellow beans and minced garlic dumped on top. Third image is cooking beans with salt and pepper dumped on top. Fourth is cooked yellow beans with golden brown edges and a wood spoon in the black skillet.

How To Cook Yellow Beans On The Stove

This is our favorite way to cook yellow beans because they get a little crispy. Here’s a quick overview of how to make them with full instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add trimmed yellow beans and minced garlic. Sautee until tender and golden brown on the edges.
  3. Season with salt and pepper in the last minute.
  4. Scoop onto a serving dish, making sure to add all the crispy bits and pieces at the bottom of the pan.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Leftover yellow beans can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3-4 days. These can be reheated in the microwave, or on the stove if you want them to crispen up. I like to eat leftovers with roasted vegetables for lunch!

Cooked yellow beans in a black skillet with a wood spoon.

Recipe Tips

  • Prep all the ingredients before starting the recipe. Trim the ends of the yellow beans, mince the garlic, and measure out butter, olive oil, salt and pepper. This recipe happens fast and it’s easier to have ingredients ready to go while you’re at the stove.
  • Use a cast iron skillet if you have one. This will produce lovely crispy edges of the beans.
  • Heat the frying pan over medium-high heat before adding the oil and butter. The pan should be hot before starting the recipe.
  • Once the pan is hot, add butter and oil. As soon as it melts, add the garlic and yellow beans.
  • Beans only take 2-3 minutes to cook. Poke them with a fork. They will be soft when they’re ready.
  • Don’t forget to scrape the bottom of the pan to get all those crispy bits. Most of this is cooked garlic and leftover butter and oil. Drizzle this overtop of the cooked yellow beans before serving. It adds a wonderful flavor!
Cooked yellow beans in a white bowl with crispy edges and crispy cooked garlic dumped on top. A fork is on the side in the bowl.

More Side Dish Recipes

Garlic Butter Yellow Beans

These yellow waxy beans have golden edges with a little bit of crunch. All you need is a frying pan and 10 minutes to make them.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Snip the edges off of the yellow beans using kitchen scissors or a knife.
  • Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
    Two images of a black cast iron pan. First has oil and butter dumped in. Second image has oil and butter heated and melted in pan.
  • Add the yellow beans and cook until tender when poked with a fork. This will take about 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionnally during the process.
    Two images of a cast iron skillet. First has raw yellow beans and garlic. Second has cooked yellow beans with golden edges mixed with minced garlic.
  • Sprinkle the salt and pepper overtop in the last minute of cooking and stir together.
    Two images of a black cast iron skillet. First has cooked yellow beans with salt and pepper sprinkled overtop. Second is sauteed yellow beans with seasonings mixed in.
  • Once beans are done, scoop onto a serving dish. Add all the crispy bits on the bottom of the pan (those are the best part). Serve and enjoy!
    A white bowl with cooked yellow beans and a fork.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep all the ingredients before starting the recipe. Trim the ends of the yellow beans, mince the garlic, and measure out butter, olive oil, salt and pepper. This recipe happens fast and it’s easier to have ingredients ready to go while you’re at the stove.
  • Use a cast iron skillet if you have one. This will produce lovely crispy edges of the beans.
  • Heat the frying pan over medium-high heat before adding the oil and butter. The pan should be hot before starting the recipe.
  • Once the pan is hot, add butter and oil. As soon as it melts, add the garlic and yellow beans.
  • Beans only take 2-3 minutes to cook. Poke them with a fork. They will be soft when they’re ready.
  • Don’t forget to scrape the bottom of the pan to get all those crispy bits. Most of this is cooked garlic and leftover butter and oil. Drizzle this overtop of the cooked yellow beans before serving. It adds a wonderful flavor!
Nutrition
Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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