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4.85 from 20 votes

Skillet Potatoes and Green Beans

Adding fresh green beans to classic skillet potatoes invites freshness and a taste of spring. This simple side pairs perfectly with any grilled meat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Total Cost: $3.36 recipe / $ $0.84 serving
Servings: 4 to 6 servings (about 5-6 cups total)
Author: Beth M


  • 1.25 lbs red creamer potatoes $1.35
  • 3/4 lbs fresh green beans $1.40
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 3/4 tsp salt $0.03
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste $0.05


  • Slice the potatoes into quarters lengthwise, then cut across into 1/4 inch slices. Place the sliced potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then let simmer until the potatoes are tender (about 5 minutes). Check the potatoes with a fork often, making sure not to over boil them. They should be easily pierced with a fork, but not so soft that they fall apart. Drain the potatoes in a colander.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, snap the stems off of the green beans, then break them into 1-2 inch sections. Rinse with cool water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Mince the garlic and add it to a large skillet along with the olive oil. Sauté the garlic over medium heat for about one minute, then add the drained potatoes. Continue to sauté the potatoes, stirring only once every 3-5 minutes, until about half of them are golden brown (5-10 minutes).
  • Add the green beans to the skillet and continue to sauté until they are slightly softened and have some browned spots (about another 5 minutes). Season the skillet with salt, oregano, and some freshly cracked pepper. Sauté for one minute more, then serve.


-The amount of potatoes and green beans is flexible. Use between 1-1.5 lbs. of potatoes, and between .75 to 1 lb. of green beans.
- Starchy potatoes are prone to sticking, even with liberal amounts of oil, so a non-stick skillet can be very helpful.