Mom’s Pan Fried Green Beans

Serves 4

Truly one of my favorite side dishes! My mother always makes these for me when I come home. So when I finally got the recipe of course I had to play with it.  I’m sharing her recipe here but have also shared a few ways to schooz it up a bit as well. Thanks Connie!!


  • 1 lb of green beans
  • ¼ cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp of EVOO
  • Salt and Pepper

Prep It:

  • Wash the green beans thoroughly. Remove the stems  from any of the beans
  • Mince the garlic finely

Cook It:

  • Heat the EVOO in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  • Add the green beans and sauté for 2 – 3 minutes. At this point they should begin to turn a vibrant green color. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  • Add a few tablespoons of water to the pan, cover and continue cooking for another 2 – 3 minutes. The beans should be cooked al dente and should still have a slight firmness to them.
  • Remove the lid, add the panko and season with salt and pepper.

Serve It:

  • Serve the beans while warm. They go perfectly as a side dish with just about any chicken or poultry dish. The day I tested this, I served them up with chicken salad sammies.
  • A little lemon zest in the panko (about 1 tsp) brightens up the veggies beautifully!
  • Try adding a tablespoon of parm for a cheesy salty kick.
  • For a wickedly delish treat, swap out 1 Tbsp of EVOO for bacon grease. Seriously yummy!

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