Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans

Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans is the best green bean side dish recipe, and the perfect way to enjoy fresh garden green beans and summer savory.

For the last few years, I’ve planted a garden each Spring. I’ve watered, weeded and harvested, pickling different vegetables and herbs almost every year, trying to get a feel for what we use most.

Aside from tomatoes and basil. One must always have tomatoes and basil in a summer garden, because one must have fresh grilled caprese sandwiches at least once per summer.

This summer, in my herb box, I planted Summer Savory and I’ve come to one conclusion: One must always have summer savory in their summer garden.

Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans are the best way to enjoy fresh from the garden green beans.

I have a few favorite herbs that I like to use in the kitchen. I adore fresh basil, oregano, dill, and Rosemary. Summer savory is one that I had not heard much about until I happened to try it a couple of years ago. If you have never tried it, it has a peppery-thyme type flavor. I simply adore it.

When I first discovered it, I turned to The Flavor Bible to see what it goes best with. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you love to cook and do not have The Flavor Bible… GO. GET. IT. PRONTO. Best kitchen book ever. I have not been paid in any way to say that. I seriously could not live without that book in my kitchen.

The Flavor Bible told me that summer savory goes excellent with green beans, so I gave it a shot and these Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans were born.

Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans are the best way to enjoy fresh from the garden green beans.

Just as it always has been for me, the Flavor Bible was right. These Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans are my new favorite way to eat green beens. They will be on my table for the rest of summer, and I am betting they will make an appearance on my holiday tables too.

Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans are the best way to enjoy fresh from the garden green beans.

Summer Savory and Garlic Green Beans Recipe


  • Ice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds trimmed green beans
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh summer savory removed from stem
  • Salt and pepper



Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice.


Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling salt liberally and add in green beans. Cook 3 - 4 minutes or just until bright green.


Use a slotted spoon to transfer beans to ice bath to stop cooking process. Once cool, remove and pat dry.


Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans, cook 3 - 5 minutes or until beans are tender but crisp. Add in garlic and summer savory. Cook just until garlic becomes fragrant, about a minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.



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    July 6, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Sounds like a winner, thanks

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    Dianne S Johnson
    December 22, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I had an old cookbook come into my possession that referred to Summer Savory as the green bean herb. ??? This was 10-12 years ago!! I came up with the same method of preparation. I loved it! My sister and I had a B&B for 8 years and did special function dinners. This was the way I served green beans. No one else had heard of it either and thought I was so clever. Teehee! I had a little herb garden and summer was the best with the fresh savory, but I had to use the dry in the winter. I have already subscribed to your blog. Had I not, I would be doing so now! You are obviously clever and have discerning taste buds!!

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    The Food Hunter
    August 6, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Great recipe

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    Michelle De La Cerda-Nash
    August 5, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Green beans are my absolute favorite. Garlic is a must and I though you were just being clever with the “summer savory.” I have never, ever heard of it, and I’ve been cooking for a long time. How would you describe the flavor? My interest in piqued.

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      August 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

      It’s got a peppery-thyme type flavor. I love it!

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    August 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    these look perfectly delicious

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    August 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Love the 3 cloves of garlic! Whenever I see recipes with one clove … I’m like, what’s the point!?!?!

    • Reply
      August 6, 2014 at 7:22 am

      I know right?!? We LOVE garlic in our home. And come cold and flu season, we hardly get sick. My mama swears that garlic has something to do with it :)

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    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
    August 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    This looks so fresh and garlicky – yum!!

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    Aimee Shugarman
    August 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I’m always on the hunt for new side dish recipes. Love this!

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