Green Beans with Garlic Oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1⁄4 cup oil (peanut or mild olive)
  • 1 pound green beans
Time Estimates

Prep time: 5 min  

Cook time: 15 min  

Total time: 25 min  


  1. Slice the garlic cloves crosswise quite thinly; consistency is more important than the thinnest slices.
  2. Combine the slices and oil in a small saucepan and set over very low heat.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally to separate the slices, until they are a rich golden brown. Do not let them brown too much or too fast, or they will become bitter.
  4. Strain through a fine wire sieve set over a heatproof bowl.
  5. Trim the beans, splitting them lengthwise if on the large side.
  6. Cut to the desired size.
  7. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil and parboil the beans, in batches if necessary, removing them when they are still firm but not crunchy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Set aside in a colander to cool.
  9. About 3 minutes before serving time, heat about 2 tablespoons of the garlic-flavored oil in a large skillet and toss the beans in the oil to coat and reheat.
  10. Taste for seasoning.
  11. Garnish each serving with a few slices of browned garlic.


Serves 4


Store the extra garlic-flavored oil in the refrigerator and use within a week or so.

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Green Beans with Garlic Oil
These beans make a great accompaniment to lamb, roast chicken, roast beef and a whole lot of other meat dishes.