43 Fabulous Green Bean Recipes

Quick and Tasty Ways to Use the Snappy Vegetables

Green bean saute

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When properly prepared, green beans (and their pole bean cousins wax beans, yellow beans, and purple beans) come out snappy and delicious. They also lend themselves well to a whole range of preparations that turn the humble bean into a stellar side. If you think you don't care for green beans, consider that chronic overcooking or under-seasoning often leaves them grey and boring. In most cases, green beans should stay nice and green rather than wilting into grey obscurity. Try these simple recipes bursting with fresh flavor to rediscover your love of green beans.

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    Tuna Green Bean Casserole

    Classic holiday green bean casserole

    The Spruce

    By adding tuna to the traditional green bean casserole, you can turn the classic side dish into something entirely new. It has enough protein to make a main dish, but also works as a potluck contribution or hearty side. If you aren't watching your carbs, serve with rice or noodles.

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    Green Bean and Potato Salad

    potato green bean salad

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    For a different twist on your classic potato salad, try this version that uses green beans to mix things up a bit. Fresh dill, lemon juice, chopped onion and celery, a little dill pickle relish, mayonnaise, and either red or new potatoes go perfectly with fresh or frozen green beans for a picnic or barbecue salad that everyone will enjoy. It also lends itself well to experimentation; add chopped hard boiled eggs, omit the onions, or add some seeded cucumber for a different take.

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    Skillet Green Beans and Bacon

    Green Beans With Bacon

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    When you want to improve upon a dish, just add bacon! Tossing green beans in a skillet with bacon adds umami, smoky quality that will convince even the pickiest eaters to finish their vegetables. For a lower-fat dish, drain off more of the fat before adding the beans to the bacon. Either fresh or frozen beans work just fine.

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    Vegan Green Bean Casserole

    Vegan green bean casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Mocanu

    Many people wouldn't consider holiday dinners complete without green bean casserole. This recipe turns the creamy, bubbly, French fried-onion topped staple into a dish that even those who avoid animal products can enjoy. No one will even know the difference if you bring this version to the table instead of the traditional kind.

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    Marinated Green Beans

    Marinated Green Bean Salad

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    A zesty, shallot-laden vinaigrette marinates these green beans for a fresh and bright presentation. They work great as a side dish with a hearty steak or other protein, atop a salad, or even as a garnish for a burger or sandwich. They also stay fine at room temperature, so they make a great addition to a potluck.

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    Chinese Green Beans

    Chinese Green Beans Recipe

     The Spruce

    Toss your green beans in a smoking hot wok instead of boiling them and you end up with crispy, slightly browned beans with a tender center. Add chopped garlic, scallions, ginger, chili paste, and bean sauce for a richly umami sauce that will have you licking your fingers.

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    Vegan Asian Green Beans

    Sauteed Asian green beans

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    For a unique vegan side dish, try tossing fresh green beans with sherry or rice wine, soy sauce, minced garlic, and sugar. Steaming them and then sauteeing them in a wok with the sauce ensures each bean gets perfectly coated, and a little crispy too. Serve with a side of rice and your favorite Asian-inspired vegan protein.

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    Green Beans With Za'atar Breadcrumbs

    Green Beans with Sauteed Onions and Crunchy Za'atar Breadcrumbs

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Green beans topped with breadcrumbs and za'atar seasoning gives them a spiced element and a nice crunch that switches things up from the usual plain, steamed veggies. Brown the breadcrumbs in the same pan you use to sauté the onion to give them even more taste. Either fresh or frozen green beans work fine, but be careful not to overcook them.

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    Green Bean Amandine

    Green Beans Amandine

    The Spruce / Linda Larsen

    This classic green bean recipe combines crisp-tender green beans, slivered or blanched almonds, a hit of lemon juice, and a hint of garlic for a side dish that brings the crunch. Some also call it "green bean almandine," but either way, it tastes great with any protein and starch of your choosing. For best results, cook the green beans until still assertively green with a little snap.

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    Cheesy Green Beans

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    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Simple, hearty, and filling, this cheesy green bean baked dish doesn't exactly qualify as health food, but it sure is delicious. Use any kind of shredded cheese you like best, or blend a few together. Since the recipe starts with cooked green beans, you can use either fresh or frozen, or even canned if you prefer a softer texture.

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    Creamed Potatoes With Green Beans

    new potatoes and green beans

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Combine your starch and vegetable side into one simple and tasty dish with new potatoes and green beans. If new potatoes aren't in season, try it with fingerling, baby, or red baking potatoes. Small, fresh green beans taste great, but you can also use any fresh or frozen green beans you have on hand.

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    Cream of Green Beans Soup

    Cream of turnip soup in a cup-like bowl

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    Try this hearty Hungarian soup either hot or cold to use up extra green beans in a fresh and exciting way. It comes out creamy, vegetal, and with a bit of umami spice from the Hungarian paprika. Use hot paprika for more spice or a more mild version if you'd rather keep it cool.

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    Spicy Thai Stir-Fried Green Beans

    Green Beans In Wok

    The Spruce / James Baigrie

    An assertive sauce made of fish sauce, two kinds of soy sauce, shrimp paste, and brown sugar combine with fresh green beans, bacon, garlic, shallot, and dried crushed chili for a side dish you'll want to make again and again. Serve it with rice to sop up the sauce and don't be shy with the chiles.

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    Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

    Cheddar Cheese Green Bean Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Adding cheddar cheese to the traditional green bean casserole just levels it up and once you try it this way, you'll never want to go back. A homemade cheese sauce with sour cream and onions tastes much fresher than the canned soup in the kind grandma used to make. Top it with a little parmesan cheese and those tasty fried onions.

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    Green Bean and Garlic Sautée

    Green bean saute

    The Spruce

    Once you master this easy green bean sauté recipe, you'll have no problem mixing it up. Start with velvety butter, garlic, and a dash of cayenne pepper and cumin to give it a warm, spiced flavor that plays well with just about any protein. Slivered or blanched almonds, grated Parmesan cheese, or a little lemon zest all make excellent additions.

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    Sesame Green Beans

    Sesame Green Beans

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    For a quick and simple weekday side, this recipe improves frozen green beans significantly. Teriyaki sauce, garlic, and sesame seeds give them an umami flavor you'll love, and adding baby carrots adds a nice sweetness. Steam them just to crisp-tender for the tastiest dish.

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    Green Bean Onion Salad

    Green Bean Red Onion Salad

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Zippy red onions add contrast to crisp-tender green beans, while a zesty oil and vinegar dressing ties it all together. The flavors get even better as it sits, so this makes a great dish for a picnic, potluck, or other make-and-take dinner. Cook the beans until just tender, for best results.

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    Green Beans With Pecans and Date Syrup

    Green Beans with Pecans and Date Syrup

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Dress up the humble green bean with a sticky and sweet-savory date sauce and chopped pecans, for a unique side dish worthy of the holidays or a company supper. A hint of garlic keeps the dish nicely balanced and it all comes together pretty much just as quickly as more basic preparations.

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    Steamed Green Beans

    Steamed Green Beans

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    This is one of the most classic preparations for green beans, but for a perfect result, it's all in the timing. Steam them to just a crisp-tender texture, pulling them out right after they turn bright green, Then, dress them with a knob of fresh butter, a sprinkle of sea salt, and a twist of freshly ground black pepper. Sometimes, simplicity tastes best.

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    Classic Dilled Green Beans

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    If you live in the South, you may have come across these herbaceous pickled green beans at a picnic, potluck or other communal supper. While dill heads give the jars a pretty presentation, they can be hard to find unless you grow your own. You can also use dill seeds. These easy pickles taste great with barbecue or just about any meal.

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    Serbian Style Green Beans

    Carrot And Green Beans Stir Fry

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    Done up in the Serbian style, trimmed green beans mingle with parsnips, turnips, diced tomatoes, garlic, celery, carrots, and sometimes other veggies. A little ketchup and dill round out the flavor for a side dish that's packed with nutrients and vegetable flavor.

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    Bloody Mary Beans

    Turquoise bowl of green beans on wooden table

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    So named because they make a great "stir stick" for the classic brunch drink, these savory quick-pickled green beans work great on their own, too. Let the flavors meld for at least four days before serving and then eat them within two months. For longer storage, process in a water bath.

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    Spring Greens and Beans

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    When you want a light and fresh side dish, turn to this spring greens and beans salad. Ginger and lemon further liven up tender young cabbage and green beans. Add some toasted pine nuts for crunch, if you like more texture.

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    Green Bean, Potato and Halloumi Salad

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    British Peas and Beans

    With crisp-tender green beans, salty Halloumi cheese, tender potatoes, sweet tomatoes, and salty olives and capers, this salad brings all of your favorite tastes together. It lets fresh green beans take center stage, while the rest of the vegetables complement their straight-from-the-garden flavor.

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    Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole

    Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole, Baking Dish

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    When you need to free up room on the stove or in the oven, pull out your Instant Pot for this easy, two-cheese green bean casserole. Since it bakes up in just 15 minutes, you can even enjoy it on a weekday. Now, green bean casserole doesn't have to stay relegated to the holiday table.

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    Grilled Green Beans

    Grilled Green Beans

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    It's true: You can grill green beans. Grilling transforms that grassy, green bean flavor into a really special side. Remember that this preparation requires a bit of attention since you need to place the beans on the grill perpendicular to the metal on the cooking grate or use a grilling basket so they don't fall through. Let them stay on the grill until they get good and blackened, for tastiest results.

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    Shoepeg Corn and Bean Casserole

    corn and green bean casserole with sour cream sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This simple southern casserole includes shoepeg corn along with green beans, but whole kernel corn works too, if you can't find it. Cream of celery soup combines with sour cream for a velvety consistency and crumbled Ritz crackers tossed with butter creates a lovely crispy topping.

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    Green Bean Salad With Hard-Boiled Eggs

    Easy Green Bean Salad with Eggs

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    An easy tomato juice and vinegar dressing gives green beans a tangy zip, while hard boiled eggs add protein and a creamy element. A little tarragon adds an herbaceous element. Serve it atop salad greens for extra crunch as a cooling picnic side.

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    Three-Bean Salad

    sweet and sour bean salad

     The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This versatile three-bean salad tastes great with green beans, kidney beans, and wax beans but the latter can sometimes get scarce. If you can't find them, balance it out with more of the other two or use lima beans or another vegetable in their place. Chickpeas or other crunchy veggies also add texture and color.

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    Tomato-Braised Green Beans

    Green Beans Braised in Tomatoes

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Adding peeled, chopped tomatoes to green beans, stirring in some garlic, and slowly braising them until the tomatoes develop a saucy consistency results in a tender, delicious side that shows off a different side of beans. Romano, wax or any kind of pole beans work well in this recipe. Try adding a little chopped oregano or thyme for even more flavor.

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    Sweet and Sour Bean Salad

    corn and bean salad

    The Spruce /  Diana Rattray

    With a sweet and sour marinade, this unique salad gives fresh corn, bell pepper, kidney beans, and green beans a summery twist. You probably have many of the ingredients on hand already, and can mix it up as needed. Try swapping in chickpeas or black beans, adding shredded carrot or some fresh diced tomato.

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    Green Bean Vegetarian Chopped Liver

    Green Bean Walnut Vegetarian Chopped Liver

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    Don't let the name fool you–there's no liver in this vegetarian recipe. It uses chopped peas and green beans, eggs, walnuts, and onions for an umami spread. It tastes great atop small toasts, on lettuce leaves, or as a Mediterranean-style dip with crudites or pita chips.

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    Green Bean Salad With Clementines, Bulgur Wheat, and Feta

    Green Bean Salad with Clementines, Bulgur Wheat and Feta

    The Spruce / Katie Workman

    Toss green beans, Clementine oranges, minced shallots, bulgar wheat, and crumbled feta cheese with a tart dijon mustard and vinegar dressing for this easy sweet-tart salad. Coarse dijon gives it an extra texture, but you can use the creamier version too. Make it up to two days ahead of time, adding the oranges and feta just before serving.

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    Green Bean Salad With Tomatoes and Kamut

    Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Kamut

    The Spruce / Katie Workman

    Any whole grains other than kamut would work in this simple salad if you can't find it, including bulgar, barley, farro, or brown rice. Fresh halved tomatoes add a nice sweetness, and rosemary and thyme gives it a floral quality to balance out the zesty mustard. The dressing also works for other vegetables like broccoli or asparagus.

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    Buttermilk Fried Green Beans

    Buttermilk Fried Green Beans

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Fried green beans may represent one of the most popular presentations, and you'll see why once you try these. Coat them just like buttermilk-fried chicken: first a dip in buttermilk, a dredge in flour, and a quick bath in hot oil to crisp them up. They come out easy, delicious, and a super fun snack or appetizer.

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    Green Bean Grilled Cheese

    Green bean grilled cheese

    Grilled Cheese Social 

    Combine the taste of green bean casserole into a portable, gooey sandwich with this unique grilled cheese. Camembert has a funky, creamy quality that adds a richness to mimic the consistency of the classic holiday side dish. Adding French onion dip seasoning to the top rounds it all out.

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    Roasted Green Beans

    Roasted Green Beans

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    If you've never tried roasting green beans, you will love their more complex, deeper flavor. It creates slightly singed edges, a slightly creamy center, and an almost nutty taste that will convert even dedicated green bean-haters. And if you already have something roasting in the oven, the presentation couldn't be easier.

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    Green Bean and Lamb Tagine

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    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquih

    This Moroccan dish combines succulent lamb, fresh or frozen green beans, potatoes, and warming turmeric, ginger, paprika, cayenne, and cumin for a hearty and complex-flavored dish. If using a conventional pot, double the cooking times and add water as it cooks, if necessary.

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    Slowly Braised Green Beans

    Slowly Braised Green Beans

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Rather than boiling or steaming them to a trendy crisp-tender texture, this recipe slowly cooks green beans until they get extremely tender and infused with the flavor of the cooking liquid. Don't worry; it stops short of turning them mushy and bland like the green beans of yesteryear's cafeteria meals. Try them alongside a roast for a simple, special side.

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    Green Beans With Jalapeño and Mint

    Green Beans With Jalapeño and Mint

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Cooling fresh mint and spicy jalapeño chiles turn everyday green beans into a fresh, exciting side dish with wonderful contrast. They taste great as a side all by themselves but try them as part of a salad too. If you like super hot foods, leave all of the seeds in the pepper. If not, scrape some or all of the seeds out for a milder dish.

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    Szechuan Green Beans With Pork

    Szechuan Green Beans
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    Szechuan-preserved vegetables seasoned with chili powder, salt, and spices add an interesting flavor to these wok stir-fried green beans with ground pork for added protein. It's available in Asian markets and online. Make sure to gather your ingredients ahead of time, since this dish cooks up quickly.

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    Pickled Green Beans

    Pickled Green Beans

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Try a different twist on pickles with these bright and crispy refrigerator pickled green beans. Unlike traditional pickles, these don't require complicated sterilizing or sealing and come together more quickly. Easy to make, their spicy kick makes a great addition to any relish tray, crudité platter, or a very special Bloody Mary.

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    Stir-Fry Green Beans With Beef

    Beef With Chinese Green Beans

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    By stir-frying green beans in an oil-slicked wok, they develop a slightly browned, tender texture. Add flank steak strips, two kinds of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and other Chinese flavors for a delicious dish that tastes just like takeout but better. Serve over white rice to soak up the sauce.