Microwave Garlic Green Bean Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

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Want to know my hack for making delicious garlic green beans for Thanksgiving? I use the microwave! Seriously.

The green beans cook up nice and crisp in the microwave, and have a deep infusion of garlic. Simple and delicious and perfect for a quick side dish for the holidays! Here's how you do it...

Microwave Garlic Green Bean Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound green beans with the ends cut off
  • 3-6 peeled cloves of garlic depending how much garlic you like
  • Kosher salt
Directions:

Lay out two wet paper towels, still connected on a cutting board. (You want your paper towels wet, but not dripping wet. This will act as your steamer.) The paper towels will be longer than your cutting board.

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Spread the green beans and garlic cloves out on the paper towel, making an even layer. Season with kosher salt.

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Slowly wrap the green beans and garlic in the paper towel being careful not to rip it. Put it on a plate and microwave for 8 minutes. Since microwaves are different, start checking them after 6 minutes. It could take up to 10.

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They come out perfectly steamed and crunchy.

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Toss in olive oil.

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I garnished it with Thai chilis because we like spicy in my house (but those are optional)! The green beans are absolutely delicious and the garlic cloves add a sweet mellow garlic flavor. In fact, I loved eating the cloves by themselves.

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This is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish that you can make in minutes!

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For more inspiration, check out these Thanksgiving celebrations, Thanksgiving free printables, and other Thanksgiving craft ideas.

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