Fresh Green Bean Recipes

Before you jump into our fresh green bean recipes, if you're new to cooking with fresh green beans, you might want to check out this page which goes into more details about how to cook green beans AND how to get your kids to eat them!

Here, we share the best recipes for fresh green beans, from green bean almondine to fried green beans. Then, we ask you to share your own favorite green bean recipe.

Start with one of the basic green bean cooking methods (basics below + more on this page) and then follow the recipes below for "finishing" the dish.


   Basic Cooking Methods for Fresh Green Beans   

Boiling (or blanching) Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Green Beans (whole or already trimmed) - frozen green beans will work as well

Steps:

  1. Boil a medium to large pot of water (small if you're only preparing green beans for 1 or 2)
  2. Wash the green beans and trim the ends (if not already trimmed)
  3. Once water is boiling, toss green beans in pot and boil (blanch) for about 4 minutes. 
  4. Once they've turned bright green, drain the beans in a colander. 
  5. Drizzle olive oil or top the green beans with some of the remaining recipes

Steaming Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Green Beans (whole or already trimmed) - frozen green beans will work as well

Steps:

  1. Wash the green beans and trim the ends (if not already trimmed)
  2. Set a steamer basket in a saucepan with an inch of water in it and add the fresh green beans to the basket. 
  3. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pan, reduce heat, and steam about 4 minutes. 
  4. Drizzle olive oil or top the green beans with some of the remaining recipes.

Microwave Green Beans

Ingredients:

  • Fresh green beans (whole or already trimmed) - frozen green beans will work as well

Steps:

  1. Wash the green beans and trim the ends (if not already trimmed)
  2. Place green beans in a microwave-safe dish.
  3. Add about 1 cup of water.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 minutes per cup, or until cooked.
  5. Drizzle olive oil or top the green beans with some of the remaining recipes

Sauteed Green Beans:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Green Beans (whole or already trimmed)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Butter
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt or Salt,
  • Optional: 1/4 cup Almonds, sliced or slivered (optional, or try any of the toppings listed below)

Steps:

  1. Wash the green beans and trim the ends (if not already trimmed)
  2. Add butter to large skillet or wok and heat on high.
  3. Add green beans and saute until tender-crisp.
  4. Add almonds (if desired) to skillet and heat until toasted.
  5. Sprinkle the beans with salt or garlic salt and serve.

    Fresh Green Bean Recipes   

Now for the good stuff - the Toppings!

Our family green bean favorites are simple recipes, but variety is the spice of life. We'll start with the simple staples, and then get more elaborate. First, with the simple ones. Follow one of the recipes for green beans above and then add any or all of these toppings:

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt
  • Parmesan Cheese (a kid favorite)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Melted cheese

Here's our family's favorite green bean recipe of all:

"Crumby" Green Beans:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Green Beans (whole or already trimmed)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Steps:

  1. Boil a medium to large pot of water (small if you're only preparing green beans for 1 or 2)
  2. Wash the green beans and trim the ends (if not already trimmed)
  3. Once water is boiling, toss green beans in pot and boil (blanch) for about 4 minutes. 
  4. While beans are boiling, mix together all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  5. Once the beans have turned bright green, drain them in a colander. 
  6. Pour or spray a small amount of olive oil on the beans
  7. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the beans and serve.

A popular dish with many adults and SOME kids is sesame green beans. You may need/want to skip the red pepper flakes if your kids don't enjoy spicy food (or add it after serving theirs.)

Sesame Green Beans:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Green Beans (whole or already trimmed)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted Sesame Seeds (untoasted is fine too)
  • Coarse Salt to taste

Steps:

  1. Steam or boil green beans for about 2 minutes (still crisp.)
  2. Drain the beans in a colander. 
  3. Heat a wok or large pan over high heat.
  4. Pour or spray a small amount of vegetable oil and spread around the pan.
  5. Add the sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan. Don't worry if the pan smokes. That's normal.
  6. If sesame seeds are not already toasted, add them to the wok or pan at this time.
  7. Add beans to the pan/wok and stir fry for several minutes.
  8. Sprinkle sesame seeds (if not already added) and course salt over the beans, stir, and serve.

Here's another healthy green bean recipe, roasted green beans. It's super easy and COULD become a substitute for french fries in your house:

Roasted Green Beans:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Green Beans (whole or already trimmed)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Salt or Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash, dry, and trim green beans.
  3. Place green beans on a baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle olive oil all over beans.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over beans.
  6. Mix beans around to be sure all sides are coated.
  7. Roast for 15 minutes, turn green beans over, and roast another 5-10 minutes. Beans should look shriveled and brown in spots.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.


There are so many variations to green beans almondine that we've made a whole separate page for those: Green Beans Almondine


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