Simple Green Bean Recipe Ideas

See our collection of green bean recipes for a variety of easy ways to prepare this popular vegetable including sautéing, steaming, and roasting.

  • Citrus Green Beans with Pine Nuts
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Citrus Green Beans with Pine Nuts

    Try a fresh twist on the typical green bean side with this citrusy dish. A dash of orange juice adds deliciously bright flavor, while toasted pine nuts give this side a nutty flair.
  • Sherried Green Beans and Mushrooms
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Sherried Green Beans and Mushrooms

    Dress up the traditional holiday bowl of green beans with exotic mushrooms, shallots, sherry, and fresh parsley and thyme.
  • Oven-Roasted Green Beans

    Oven-Roasted Green Beans

    Seasoning the beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasting in the oven brings out their naturally delicious flavor. Make sure to use the freshest beans possible for the best results.
  • Garlic and Thyme Green Beans
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Garlic and Thyme Green Beans

    Sometimes the simplest of recipes are the most delicious. Plenty of garlic, some thyme, and really fresh green beans add up to more than the sum of their parts.
  • Rosemary Green Beans

    Rosemary Green Beans

    Increase both the flavor and texture of your green beans by adding chopped pecans, fresh rosemary and grated lemon rind.
  • Sautéed Green Beans With Bacon

    Sautéed Green Beans With Bacon

    Sauté lightly steamed green beans and top with chopped bacon and green onions for a simple and savory side dish.
  • Garlic Green Beans
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Garlic Green Beans

    Dress up humble green beans with a little garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and olive oil for a simple side dish that's sure to draw rave reviews.
  • Green Beans with Almond-and-Lemon Brown Butter
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Green Beans with Almond-and-Lemon Brown Butter

    Add rich, nutty flavor to green beans by topping the steamed beans with a mixture of browned butter and toasted almonds.
  • Steamed Green Beans with Cracked Pepper and Chèvre
    James Baigrie

    Steamed Green Beans with Cracked Pepper and Chèvre

    The combination of tender, sweet green beans and the tartness of goat cheese makes this side dish a nice complement to most main dishes.
  • Green Bean-and-Red Bell Pepper Toss
    Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Green Bean-and-Red Bell Pepper Toss

    This green bean dish goes from kitchen to table in just 20 minutes. Sliced red bell peppers add great color (and make this a festive choice for Christmas), while shallots and garlic punch up the flavor.
  • Marinated Green Bean and Potato Salad
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Marinated Green Bean and Potato Salad

    White wine vinegar adds a little bite to this blend of green beans, wax beans, and fingerling potatoes. Make preparation even easier by planning to serve this side when you'll have some leftover cooked bacon on hand.
  • Green Bean Salad with Vidalia Onion and Mint
    Karry Hosford

    Green Bean Salad with Vidalia Onion and Mint

    If you're in need of a light, refreshing side, check out this dish. Balsamic vinegar perfectly complements the sweet Vidalia onions, while fresh mint brightens all the flavors.
  • Green Bean, Grape, and Pasta Toss
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Green Bean, Grape, and Pasta Toss

    Dress up plain green beans with this pasta toss featuring pecans, bacon, red grapes, and red onion. It's reminiscent of broccoli salad and is perfect for taking to potluck dinners and supper clubs, or even just enjoying at home with your family.
  • Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans

    Cider vinegar and sugar are the "sweet and sour" in this simple side. Cooking bacon slices and onion together, then sautéing the beans in the bacon drippings, adds even more incredible flavor.
  • Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, and Almonds
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Sissy Lamerton

    Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, and Almonds

    This easy green bean toss features crunchy sliced almonds and the tangy bite of goat cheese. Don't like goat cheese? Try substituting feta cheese instead.
  • Spiced Potatoes and Green Beans
    Photo: Photo: Randy Mayor

    Spiced Potatoes and Green Beans

    For a super-hearty and spicy side, pair green beans with cubed potatoes and flavor with ground New Mexican chiles, brown mustard seeds, cumin, coriander, minced ginger, and ground tumeric.
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