Southern Style Green Beans with Pork

Green Beans Fresh
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
248 Calories
23g Fat
8g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 248
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 909mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 258mg 5%
*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.)

These easy and delicious Southern-style green beans are flavored with salt pork or a small ham hock.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed, rinsed, and cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/4 pound diced salt pork, or 1 small smoked ham hock

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 dash sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the diced salt pork or the ham hock in a saucepan and add water to cover. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Add green beans to the saucepan, along with the salt and sugar; cover and cook beans over medium heat for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until green beans are very tender. 

  3. If using ham hock, remove the meat from the bone, dice, and return to the green beans.