Green Beans Skillet

This is a non-stop fast-paced green beans skillet recipe for any skillet, pan, griddle, or cast iron skillet. The seasonings are lightly sprinkled across and the beans are tossed in the pan during cooking to distribute the spices and oil. Also, this is part of our Vegetables, Sides, Holidays, Christmas, & Thanksgiving Categories.

This is an unusually quick green beans skillet recipe. They're mildly seasoned and are fresh for matching flavors.
Green Beans Skillet

As another planning option, you could just put the raw trimmed (rinsed) beans in a mixing bowl, add in the oil and seasonings, followed by a thorough tossing and set aside for cooking later. I’ve even made them a day early, along with some other sides, so all I had to do was heat up a pan and cook them quickly.

Ingredients of Skillet Green Beans

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or peanut oil, or other vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper or less
  • ¼ tsp onion powder optional

How To Make This FAST Green Beans Skillet Recipe

  1. While you’re preheating the skillet, snip off the ends of the freshly, rinsed green beans.
  2. Add the beans to the hot skillet and coat them with the oil and seasonings.
  3. Cook them at a medium high temp while tossing them about every 1/2 minute or so.
  4. Finally, they’re ready in about 5 minutes.

Keep reading to see different options for this recipe of green beans in a frying pan.

More Green Beans Skillet Cooking Options

Here are some other variations to this green beans skillet recipe. Overall, there are a lot of different ways you can change this up.

Option 1. Softer Green Beans Skillet Options

The higher heat and the short timing does leave the beans in a hot, cooked crunchy state. So, if you want them more wilted, you just keep the heat at medium and cook them for about 10-15 minutes.

And, there’s still another way to make them softer. So, just leave the heat at medium, after about 3 minutes, give them a couple of tosses. Then, add a small amount of hot tap water (1/8 cup), and cover with a lid. Overall, they are ready in about 10 more minutes.

Option 2. Balsamic Green Beans Skillet

If using just green beans, or green beans and diced onions, a good addition is a splash of balsamic vinegar after it’s done cooking. That’s no more than about 1-2 tsp. And, in case the kids won’t like it, you could just splash a small amount on individual servings. Another good side dish that uses balsamic vinegar, instead of green beans (and cooks in 5 minutes), is this recipe for sugar snap peas.

Option 3. Oriental Sesame Green Beans Option

For an oriental touch, you can use sesame oil instead. And add just a pinch (1/8 tsp) garlic powder (or 1/4 tsp garlic granules). Then, the rest of the seasonings are the same and you can add in about 1 tsp of sesame seeds (optional). Also, as an added option, after it’s done cooking, you can add in a splash (about 1-2 tsp) of rice vinegar (or regular white vinegar if you don’t have it).

It doesn’t taste as good with adding soy sauce, in case you’re wondering. However, if you make tempura green beans, that’s a whole different story, and you would use a seasoned soy sauce as a dip.

Option 4. Different Flavorings or Add-in Options

For flavoring changes, you can opt to use any of the following ideas to mix it up. Use some diced onions, to replace the onion powder. You can add in some shredded carrots, if desired. Another super nutritious addition is to add in about 1/2 can (drained) of black-eyed peas.

Related To Green Beans Recipes

Also, a good alternate to these fast skillet green beans are the following.

Nutritional Values of Green Beans Skillet Recipe

Their are about 100 calories in this green beans skillet recipe. More detailed nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option. Also, learn more about green beans from Wikipedia.

Conclusion of Skillet Green Beans Recipe

So, you’ve seen several options of making this fast skillet green beans recipe. There was the starting of the easiest way, ready in 10 minutes. You saw a way to make them softer. Also, there was a balsamic vinegar addition for a change of flavor. There was a final way of having it more Asian flavored using garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and even a splash of rice vinegar. So, with all these options, go ahead and make them tonight your way.

Green Beans Skillet

Green Beans Skillet FAST Recipe

This is an unusually quick green beans skillet recipe. They're mildly seasoned and are fresh for matching flavors.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 98kcal

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  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or peanut oil, or other vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper or less
  • ¼ tsp onion powder optional


  • Add oil to pan and begin to heat to medium.
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    Oiled Pan 175x175 1
  • Snap the stringy ends off the green beans, if any are present. Then, quickly rinse beans and shake to drain.
    1 lb green beans
    Tips Fm Green Beans Needing Removal 200x170 1
  • Increase the pan burner heat to medium high and add in green beans now. Toss them to coat with the heated oil. Add more oil if needed for just a light coating. Add in all seasonings and continue to toss briefly to distribute.
    ¼ tsp salt, ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper, ¼ tsp onion powder
    Green Beans Added to Pan 200x200 1
  • After a total of about 5 minutes, some will begin to brown a bit. They're ready to serve.
    Final Seasoned Green Beans Skillet 200x175 1


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 784IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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