These green beans literally have a constant presence in my fridge, you guys. You can almost always find a tupperware full of them ready to be devoured at any moment. The reason = my one year old will go. to. TOWN. on these babies! He literally shoves them in his mouth by the chubby fist full.
They are probs his favorite vegetable, and because they are so easy and quick to make, it seems like we are always grabbing more green beans at the store to make another batch! After many, many batches, I decided to go ahead and make these into a blog post, because not only are they great for kids, they are also just plain delicious!
They are perfectly soft and tender, and they are deliciously garlicky and flavorful.
They are also stupid easy.
Here’s what I love about them:
- They are SO easy. They take 10 minutes to prep, and that is the hardest part of this whole thing because you have to cut the ends off of each green bean. If that’s our biggest complaint here, we are doing prettttyyyy well, wouldn’t you say?? I would say.
- They are soft, but not too soft. I really, really like my green beans to be nice and soft and tender. I don’t like them to have a crunchy bite, and – short of boiling them – I can’t seem get the texture that I want in a saute pan or the oven. But in the Instant Pot, they are super soft and tender, but they aren’t so soft they are falling apart like with canned green beans.
- They are done in basically negative 15 minutes. Aka they are extremely quick. You just throw everything together in the Instant Pot and let it do the work for you! In no time, that wonderful little pot is beeping, and you’ve got yourself a steaming pot of garlicky, delicious green beans ready to go!
- They are loaded with flavor. Between the garlic, the few pats of butter, the veggie stock, and your basic salt + pepper seasoning, these green beans are so dang flavorful and delicious. I attribute most of that goodness to the garlic and butter, which, I think we can all agree, are two of the cooking world’s greatest gifts.
So how do you make this happen in your kitchen? Like, today? Right now? Do I hear your car keys jangling as you head out to the grocery store right this second? Here is your super simple process:
- Cut the tops and bottoms off your green beans, and – if you want – cut the beans in half so they are in smaller pieces.
- Add the beans to your Instant Pot and add a tiny bit of stock (chicken or veggie both work fine) + some minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine
- Top the beans with a few pats of butter, add your lid onto the instant pot, seal the vent, and cook on manual low pressure for 5 minutes.
Doneskies. That’s it. Try giving these to your kids! They are super easy for babies to eat because they are soft. When we were first trying to get Ford to eat green beans, we tossed them in marinara to give them extra yummy flavor, and then we slowly just put less and less on until he loved eating them just plain Jane.
But even if you don’t have kids, I love eating these green beans myself, and they are the perfect side for any dinner!
I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!Print
Instant Pot Garlic Butter Green Beans
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- 1 pound green beans, tops and bottoms sliced off
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 cup broth (chicken or veggie both work!)
- 2 tablespoons butter (or ghee if paleo/whole 30)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add your green beans to your Instant Pot along with your broth and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine
- Add your two pats of butter (one tablespoon each) on top of the green beans
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal the vent, and cook on manual low pressure for 5 minutes. Immediately quick release the pressure – don’t let it naturally release or the green beans get too soft
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve!
This doesn’t make a huge amount – about 2 cups when the green beans are cooked. But this recipe can super easily be doubled or tripled! Just double/triple the ingredient amounts but leave the cook time the same.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 95
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 54 mg
- Fat: 6 g
- Saturated Fat: 4 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 17 mg
If you make this or any of my other recipes, be sure to Instagram it and hashtag #thegarlicdiaries!
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