Wash the french beans, then snip both ends.
Bring to boil 3-4 cups water with salt doing so on high heat, add the french beans when the water comes to a boil. Let simmer for 5-7 minutes, on low heat till par-boiled.
When done, remove from fire, drain in a sieved bowl and keep aside.
Heat a non-stick pan with butter, add the chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds. Add the blanched beans, salt and pepper and saute for a further 3-5 minutes. Turn off the stove, remove the pan from the heat and place on a steaming tray/rack to not allow it to cook further.
Play around with some ready fried onions, if you have some in stock. Toss a palmful of fried onions over the beans to give it a twist. This is an OPTIONAL step.