The Best Green Bean Recipes

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Green beans are a mild, tender, and versatile veggie that’s easy to cook, especially with this collection of The Best Green Bean Recipes! Each one is a fresh, flavorful favorite the whole family will love.

Sautéed green beans with thick cut bacon.

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How to Cook Everyone’s Favorite Green Veggie

What can you do with green beans, besides a quick blanch? Turns out, they’re good in a ton of different recipes. Classic green bean casserole is always a hit, but let’s not stop there: you can also roast them, air-fry them, and so much more.  

So check out these recipes. Each one is a fun, tasty, wholesome way to cook with green beans, with plenty of flavor. Even picky eaters won’t be able to resist!

What Are the Health Benefits of Green Beans?

There are lots of health benefits packed into this humble veggie. Green beans are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a great choice for anyone looking to improve digestion and stick to a calorie limit. 

Green beans also provide nutrients like vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium – and lots more. That’s a ton of healthy nutrition in one place, and with a fresh, light taste that you can use in many different dishes.

Do You Need to Prep Green Beans?

Yes, if you use fresh green beans you’ll need to do a little prep work, but not much. While older green bean varieties used to have tough strings that had to be removed before cooking, modern green bean varieties don’t. You will need to wash the green beans, and cut or snap off the stem end. From there, use them whole or snap/cut them into smaller pieces.

10 Green Bean Recipes You’ve Got to Try!

The Best Green Bean Recipes

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Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan

Easy? Check. Bold and zesty? Double check! These tender Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan are a simple side with complex flavor, thanks to the dry heat of roasting. With my trick of adding melted butter at the end, they make an addictive addition to your dinner menu.
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Green Bean Casserole with fresh green beans and crispy fried onions on top in a baking dish with a wooden spoon.

Best Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

This green bean casserole is one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes. If you read all the 5-star reviews, you’ll find that this is also a reader favorite as well! Made from scratch with a creamy homemade cream of mushroom sauce, you won't be able to resist this dish!
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An oval casserole dish with a green bean casserole in it, topped with cornflakes and Parmesan.

Cheesy Creamed Green Beans

A retro favorite, this dish features green beans in a homemade sour cream sauce, topped with cheese and a layer of cornflakes for crunch. Everyone will ask for seconds from this yummy casserole side.
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The Best Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon

Fresh sauteed green beans are cooked until perfectly tender, but still bright and colorful. The addition of onion and real bacon bits puts them over the top! You'll love these garlicky green beans, gently spiced with Cajun seasoning.
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Sheet Pan Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken & Green Beans: our favorite weeknight dinner can be prepped ahead for a super easy one-pan dinner or made fresh in minutes! #dinner #sheetpan #chicken #onepandinner

Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

This Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with green beans is loaded with fresh herbs and bright citrus flavor. It is our favorite super easy weeknight meal that is ready in 30 minutes for a quick dinner!
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A casserole dish filled with easy green bean casserole with fried onions on top.

Easy Green Bean Casserole

This easy Green Bean Casserole is the old-school version that you probably had every year growing up – made with cream of mushroom, canned green beans, and French's french-fried onions. It comes together in a snap and delivers that classic taste and texture.
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a large bowl of green bean salad with grape tomatoes and feta

Green Bean Salad

Green beans play well in lots of recipes, but you might not have seen them starring in a salad like this before! But with fresh, crisp-tender green beans, juicy tomatoes, and feta, I guarantee you this won't be the last time. Once you try this fresh, flavorful salad, you'll want to make it again and again.
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Air fryer green beans on a dinner plate with a fork. Lemon wedges and other plates of green beans are arranged artistically on the table.

Air Fryer Green Beans

Is there anything the air fryer can't do? That may be debatable, but the deliciousness of Air Fryer Green Beans is a proven fact. With a light seasoning of garlic and lemon, these fresh and roasty green beans are quick, tasty, and super easy to make.
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Crockpot green bean casserole with fried onions on top and a spoon inside.

Crockpot Green Bean Casserole

Who needs the oven when you can use your trusty Crockpot? Make everyone's favorite holiday side in your slow cooker, and see how easy it is to prep, transport, warm, and most of all – enjoy. This easy version features a cheesy onion topping for even more flavor.
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Sauteed green beans in a skillet, with metal serving spoons.

Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic

Make perfect Sautéed Green Beans every time, with this perfectly customizable recipe. Crisp-tender green beans are blanched (or not, it’s up to you!) and then sautéed in lots of butter, onion, and garlic.
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