Perfect for your next barbecue or to take to a picnic!
These Dill and Garlic Green Beans is a cold dish that is refreshing in the summer when you don’t want to serve a lot of hot items. This recipe is something my aunt made in the summer and quickly spread to all of us making them because they were so good! I’ve been making this for years but have never written down the recipe or made exact measurements. I decided this one is too good not to share, so I finally wrote this one down for you.
I definitely have made this with dried dill and I think it is just as delicious. My boys like this better with the dried dill because I think the fresh is too strong and too distracting for them. This dish is one you can make the day before and have waiting for you in the fridge. Let me know if you try it!
Selecting the best fresh green beans
Fresh green beans will be firm and will snap cleanly and easily. Pick green beans that are not bruised or discolored. Also avoid green beans with large or swollen pods.
The ingredients you need to make these green beans
We like to buy green beans fresh from a local market in the summer. Even better would be some you have grown yourself! If I have fresh dill on hand, I use it. Dried dill works very well and don’t sweat it if you don’t have the fresh on hand. Garlic is pretty self explanatory but let’s get this out there; garlic in a jar is just not the same as fresh garlic. Make sure you use two fresh cloves. I recommend using sea salt or kosher salt. Regular table salt is more processed and I don’t recommend it for daily use.
How to make Easy Dill and Garlic Green Beans
1 – In a medium size quart pan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Select a pan that has a steamer basket attachment or if you are using the type of steamer basket that you set in the bottom of a pan, just use enough water so that the beans are not sitting in the water. While you are waiting for the water to boil, snap the stem ends off the beans.
2 – When the water is boiling, add the green beans to the steamer basket and cover. Steam for 7 minutes or until beans are al dente.
3 – Immediately immerse the beans in a cold water ice bath (medium size bowl filled with water and ice). Let sit for 5 minutes.
4 – Drain the water. Move the beans to a container or gallon size plastic bag. Add dill, 2 cloves of garlic (crushed), 1 1/2 T olive oil, 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper. Shake container or bag and put in fridge until ready to serve.
This Mexican Pasta Salad is another great summer side option. Also great to take to a get together!
Easy Dill and Garlic Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans, washed
- ⅓ fresh dill, or 1-2 teaspoons dried dill
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Use a medium sauce pan that has a steamer basket. In the meantime, snap the stem ends off of green beans.
- When the water is boiling, add the green beans to the steamer basket and cover. Steam for 7 minutes or until beans are al dente.
- Immediately immerse the beans in a cold water ice bath (medium size bowl filled with water and ice). Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Drain the water. Move the beans to a container or gallon size plastic bag. Add dill, garlic, 1 olive oil, sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Shake container or bag and put in fridge until ready to serve.