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All Recipes, Tapas / May 5, 2023

Spanish Garlic Green Beans | Possibly the BEST Green Beans Recipe

These Spanish Garlic Green Beans, known as Judias Verdes al Ajillo, are the perfect side dish or tapas appetizer for virtually any meal. They´re easy to make, packed with a ton of garlic goodness and all done in about 20 minutes.

Spanish Garlic Green Beans
The secret to this very simple recipe is to use a great olive oil. As this is the base fat and what flavors the entire dish. I used a Spanish EVOO from the Georgetown Olive Oil Co. Truly one of the best Spanish olive oils out there.

Spanish Garlic Green Beans
When picking your green beans at the market, make sure they have a solid green color all around, and that there is no brown spots or blemishes. As that is a sign of older green beans.

Spanish Garlic Green Beans

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the green beans into the boiling water, wait for the water to come back to a boil, then start counting the cooking time. Adding the green beans to a bowl with iced water after boiling them will stop them from cooking. So they don´t end up with a mushy texture.

Spanish Garlic Green Beans

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Spanish Garlic Green Beans

Spanish Garlic Green Beans

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 104 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 lbs green beans 450 grams
  • 5 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar 8 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Fill a stock pot half ways with water, season generously with sea salt and heat with a high heat

  2. Meanwhile, add the green beans into a colander and rinse under cold running water

  3. Once the water comes to a boil in the stock pot, add in the green beans, once it comes back to a boil cook the green beans for exactly 2 minutes, then remove them from the stock pot and add into a bowl with iced water, after a couple of minutes drain the green beans and pat completely dry, then trim off a little bit from the ends

  4. Heat a large fry pan with a medium to medium high heat

  5. Once the pan is nice and hot, add in the olive oil and the green beans, mix every 30 seconds so all the green beans evenly sautee, after 3 to 4 minutes and they´re starting to lightly blister, add in the chopped garlic, mix continuously, after 30 seconds add in the sherry vinegar, chopped parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, quickly mix together and then remove from the heat

  6. Transfer into a serving dish, serve warm or at room temperature, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Garlic Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 951IU19%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Green Beans in Spanish: Traditional Recipes and Tips - Lasaga Recipes

    […] Parsley: Fresh parsley is frequently used as a garnish or mixed into the dish at the end of cooking. It adds a bright, fresh note that complements the richness of the other ingredients​ (Spain on a Fork)​. […]

    23 . Jun . 2024
  2. Jennw

    5 stars
    I had a Paella Sunday Dinner and while another friend made the most amazing Paella, my role was to bring a side dish. I brought these beans. I wish I had quadrupled the recipe because they went fast. The Sherry vinegar is what made these beans so amazing to me. Thank you for the recipe.

    11 . Jun . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      12 . Jun . 2024
  3. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had spanish garlic green beans before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    05 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      05 . May . 2023

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