Easy Skillet Green Beans and Bacon

Green beans and bacon

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(36)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
258 Calories
8g Fat
36g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 258
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 14g 51%
Protein 12g
Calcium 98mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This combination of fresh green beans and diced cooked bacon is a clever way to elevate your everyday green beans. Butter, bacon drippings, and crumbled freshly cooked bacon flavor the fresh green beans perfectly. This dish is an excellent alternative to plain steamed green beans or the green bean casserole.

To cut back on the fat somewhat, discard most of the bacon drippings before you add the butter and cooked green beans to the pan. 

The dish can be made with fresh or frozen green beans. If you use frozen green beans, steam them following the package directions. For some extra color, use part yellow wax beans in the recipe. Jazz these green beans up even more with a bit of garlic and minced shallots. 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green beans (fresh)
  • 8 strips bacon (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Wash the green beans in a colander under cold running water.

    Wash the green beans
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  3. Top and tail them (slice off the stem ends and tail ends) and then cut them into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.

    Top and tail them
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  4. Heat a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat; add the diced bacon. Fry the bacon until crispy.

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  5. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain.

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  6. Leave 2 to 3 tablespoons (or more) of the bacon drippings in the skillet and save the remaining drippings for another recipe. Set the skillet aside.

  7. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and then add the beans. Boil for about 8 to 12 minutes, or until the desired doneness is reached. 

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  8. Drain the green beans well and then add them to the skillet along with the cooked bacon and the butter. Toss well and heat until the green beans are thoroughly coated and hot.

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  9. Sprinkle the green beans with freshly ground black pepper and salt, to taste.

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  10. Serve with your choice entrée and enjoy!

Tips

  • Bacon drippings can solidify and cause clogged drains, so don't pour them down the drain. If you are going to discard the drippings, pour them into an empty can; when the drippings have solidified, toss the can into the trash.
  • To bake rather than fry the bacon, heat the oven to 375 F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Arrange the strips of bacon in the pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 22 to 26 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Reserve some of the drippings for the green beans and drain the bacon on paper towels. Proceed with the recipe.

Recipe Variations

  • Green beans with bacon, garlic, and shallots: Before you add the cooked green beans to the skillet, sauté (medium-low heat) a finely minced or pressed clove of garlic and a few tablespoons of finely minced shallots in the butter and bacon drippings for about 2 minutes, or until tender. Add the cooked and drained green beans and bacon; toss, heat, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Use a combination of yellow wax beans and green beans.