Garlic String Beans


Garlic String Beans

Give your basic garden variety of string beans an upgrade with my Garlicno-bacon String Beans. With this recipe, you get a no-bacon side dish that transforms the green bean into something majestic. No longer a side dish, this healthy version of Garlic String Beans hits the tastebuds and shows you just how good a green bean can taste.


Why green beans? For a vegan diet, and any other diet for that matter, you need to get a variety of nutrients and minerals from natural sources. The best sources are fresh or frozen, and the greener the better! String beans are also super high in fiber while being low in calories and free of fats naturally. You get all of the good stuff and a great flavor carrier.


Bring out the green bean’s natural flavors with the use of garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. This recipe can also be made in batches for bulk meals throughout the month.


Words of Wisdom for the Best Garlic String Beans


How many green beans do I need


Pick up half a pound of green beans for this four-serving side dish. 

If you are preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving or holiday season, double up the green beans for a party of eight.


Save time and prepare these green beans in advance to use in several other dishes including:


On top of a green salad

Added to pasta and Vegan Puttanesca sauce

Pureed into a green sauce to use for dipping

Cold as a portable snack on the go that is great for small children


Include these Garlic String Beans as part of your regular recipe rotation. As a vegan cook who loves plant-based sides, you'll be a crowd-pleaser when you bring this dish along to your next meal.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 2 cups string beans (edges trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large wok or pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Add string beans then sauté, mixing occasionally until the string beans start to brown (about 5 minutes).

  3. Add garlic and continue sauteing until you can smell its fragrance (about 30 seconds).

  4. Add lemon juice, water, and salt to the pan and mix well, making sure the string beans are in one layer on the wok or pan so that they’re all cooked evenly.

  5. Cook until most of the water has been evaporated (about 5 more minutes). Serve immediately.

Bon appétit!