Green Beans with Cranberries

Green Beans with Cranberries - Super flavorful and easy side dish. Family approved! @natashaskitchen

These green beans are so flavorful, quick and simple to prepare. The dried cranberries really dress up the beans, giving them that special occasion quality. This dish is lighter than our previous green bean recipes (green beans with shaved almonds and green beans with mushrooms) because it uses olive oil in leu of butter, but you won’t miss it!

My son loves green beans (go figure), so we try to get creative. My Mama-in-law shared this recipe with us on our recent trip to California. My son ate them up so fast, I knew I had to get the recipe and share it with you all. Enjoy!! 

Green Beans with Cranberries - Super flavorful and easy side dish. Family approved! @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for Green Beans with Cranberries:

2 lbs green beans, trimmed **
1 Tbsp lemon juice or 1 Tbsp vinegar
1 Tbsp salt
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 large or 4 small garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
Garlic salt to taste

Green Beans with Cranberries

**You can also use the petit (skinny green beans), but they will cook slightly faster.

How to Make an Easy Green Beans Side Dish:

1. Fill a large soup pot 2/3 with water and bring to a rapid boil. Add 1 Tbsp salt, 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar), and 2 lbs of trimmed green beans. Partially cover and boil 6-7 min or until crisp-tender, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

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2. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, over medium heat, add 4 Tbsp olive oil, minced garlic and 1/3 cup dried cranberries. Saute 2 min or until garlic is golden and fragrant.

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3. Stir in the green beans and drizzle with 1 Tbsp soy sauce and add garlic salt to taste.

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Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle with any craisins left in the pan and serve hot. These do re-heat nicely 🙂

Green Beans with Cranberries - Super flavorful and easy side dish. Family approved! @natashaskitchen

Green Beans with Cranberries

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Green Beans with Cranberries - Super flavorful and easy side dish. Family approved! @natashaskitchen
These green beans are so flavorful, quick and simple to prepare. The dried cranberries really dress the beans up, giving them that special occasion quality. You can also use the petit (skinny green beans), but they will cook slightly faster.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$6
Servings: 6 -8 servings as a side

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs green beans trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice or 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large or 4 small garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup craisins dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • Garlic salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Fill a large soup pot 2/3 with water and bring to a rapid boil. Add 1 Tbsp salt, 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar), and 2 lbs trimmed green beans. Partially cover and boil 6-7 min or until crisp-tender, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, over medium heat, add 4 Tbsp olive oil, minced garlic and 1/3 cup dried cranberries. Saute 2 min or until garlic is golden and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the green beans and drizzle with 1 Tbsp soy sauce and add garlic salt to taste.

 

Green Beans with Cranberries - Super flavorful and easy side dish. Family approved! @natashaskitchen

♥ FAVORITE THINGS ♥
Shown in this post: (nope, no one paid us to write this; just stuff we love):
* A covered casserole is so versatile and doubles as a serving dish! Le Creuset 9×12 dish
Le Creuset 5 1/2 Qt French Oven – an essential pot for for most anything and lasts a lifetime
* This Wusthof Santoku knife is perfect for thin slicing and I love that food doesn’t stick to it
* These Progressive snap-fit spoons save space in your drawer and are colorful i.e. easy to find!

At least we get a few days of recovery between Christmas and New Years! Do you have any fun plans for New Year’s?

natashaskitchen

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Ellen K
    October 12, 2017

    Do you have any suggestions on using frozen green beans? I have a lot in my freezer. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2017

      Hi Ellen, I have always used fresh for this recipe but I think it could work to substitute with an equal amount of frozen green beans. Reply

  • Jane
    January 15, 2017

    Sprinkle with roasted pine nuts!! While it adds to the cost, it is worth it if you are entertaining and want to impress! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 15, 2017

      Jane, thank you for the tip 😀. Reply

  • October 2, 2016

    My daughter loved this side dish as she does not eat anything green. Great choice! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 3, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    April 5, 2016

    Made these for dinner today, they were fantastic! My husband was equally satisfied with these, thank you so much! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 6, 2016

      That’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing that with us 🙂 Reply

  • Stella
    May 25, 2015

    I just made this and it was amazing! Thank you. Plan on trying more recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 25, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Stella, I hope you’ll find many new favorites :). Reply

  • Augustine
    April 15, 2015

    I love this recipe! It’s simple yet delicious! I tried it on asparagus too! I didn’t use lemon/vinegar and didn’t use salt because of my baby 🙂 She loves green beans too!! Thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 16, 2015

      I love the idea of trying it on asparagus! Thank you for sharing that 🙂 Reply

      • Augustine
        April 16, 2015

        Of course! That was the only thing I had at the time and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing your recipes! It’s been such a blessing. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 16, 2015

          You’re so sweet. Thank you 🙂 Reply

  • Irene
    January 14, 2015

    Great recipe! Nice and light tasting. Thank you!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Irene and you are welcome :). Reply

  • Selina
    December 27, 2014

    Hi Natasha,

    Made these tonight–your son has good taste–they are delicious!! Will use this recipe for Christmas next year. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you and your family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 27, 2014

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the green beans! Thank you Selina 🙂 Reply

  • Tetiana
    December 27, 2014

    С удовольствием присоединилась к Вашему блогу. Рецепты просто классные! 🙂 Спасибо! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 27, 2014

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy you’ve found my blog :). Reply

  • Inna
    December 27, 2014

    I had 2 lb. organic green beens that I had to use and the minute I saw your recipe I knew I am making them today. Thanks Natasha they were delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 27, 2014

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe!! 🙂 Thanks for the awesome review! Reply

  • December 26, 2014

    I am really craving something green. Great dish Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2014

      Thank you! I totally know what you mean! We just finished a platter of fresh fruit this evening. We’re in our post holiday (I totally overate at Christmas dinner) recovery phase. 🙂 Reply

  • Nataliya
    December 26, 2014

    Great post, I was looking for green beans recipe about a month ago and hoped you’re gonna have a good side recipe of green beans. Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2014

      I hope you absolutely love the green beans! Thanks Nataliya 🙂 Reply

  • Tatyana
    December 26, 2014

    Natasha , I was just wondering , do you ever take a break?  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2014

      You’re comment made me laugh as I read it to my husband. Well, I feel sheepish :). I have a tendency to be a work-a-holic and I’m working on that. I think having a baby will force me to slow down. Reply

      • Tatyana
        December 26, 2014

        You are amazing! I just love your website! Cant you tell? A day after Christmas and I am checking if there is anything new 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 26, 2014

          I’m so happy you are enjoying my blog :). You’re so sweet 🙂 Thank you girl! I’m now doubly happy that I posted this today. Reply

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