Southern Living
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Simplify your old, fussy sautéed green beans recipe with this simple take on the popular vegetable dish. This low maintenance side only calls for three ingredients (excluding salt, pepper, and water) for a recipe that couldn’t be any easier. Chopped green onions give the dish a crisp pop of freshness, while rich bacon drippings coat the green beans in a salty, savory flavor that’s simply irresistible. From the picky-eaters to the plate-fillers, everybody will love this sautéed green beans recipe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place beans and 1/4 cup water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and pierce plastic wrap with a fork. Microwave at HIGH 4 to 7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well, and set aside.

Step 2

Cook chopped bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in a small bowl. Discard remaining drippings. Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel.

Step 3

Sauté green onions in skillet in hot reserved drippings over medium-high heat 1 minute. Stir in green beans, salt, and pepper; sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in bacon.

Step 4

Kitchen Express: Substitute 2 (12-ounce) packages ready-to-eat trimmed fresh green beans for the fresh green beans, omitting water. Pierce bags with a fork and microwave at HIGH 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Ratings & Reviews

Best Green Beans Ever!

December 30, 2017
I made this for Christmas Eve to accompany Prime Rib - perfect! I made a couple of changes: instead of green onions I used shallots and I added the juice from one half lemon at the end.  The acid from the lemon brings out the flavor from the salty bacon and bacon fat.  Also, I precooked the beans for about 3 minutes the day before and precooked the bacon and reserved the fat.  This made it a bit easier the day of - although I think cooking the beans in the same pan as the bacon would make it even better with all the extra "bits".

pstephens10 review

August 25, 2015
Very simple and quite tasty.  Restaurant worthy, yet so easy!


August 06, 2016
Green beans and bacon?  What's not to like?  I did not wipe out the pan as directed, just poured off the excess bacon fat leaving the recommended amount.  What is nice about this recipe is that you can have everything ready in advance and then just put it all together a few minutes before service.

StephChef19's Review

December 11, 2009
This recipe is pretty good, and I usually don't eat a lot of green beans. Microwaving the beans made it really quick!! I am not a heavy salt person so 1/2 tsp was too much for taste. Probably a light pinch would suffice. I will definitely make this again.

Jennifer26's Review

August 04, 2011
This was very good. I'll definitely be making it again.

deekaym's Review

November 23, 2011
I've made this a few times and it's a tasty & dependable side dish.

kokomo56's Review

December 25, 2012

steponme's Review

August 26, 2012
Delicious and easy. Nuff said!

TaennyB's Review

November 23, 2012
Simple and delicious. I added fresh rosemary and dried thyme to give the dish a thanksgiving flavor.

seaside725's Review

February 14, 2013
Agreed. Simple and delicious. A great side dish for a special meal.