40 Green Bean Recipes You Can Make in a Snap

It's not Thanksgiving without this crisp and crunchy side dish.

green bean recipes
Brian Woodcock

Whether topped with crunchy onions or wrapped in bacon, green beans should be your go-to veggie for a fast, flavorful Thanksgiving side dish. Here, you'll find both classic and creative recipes—including a few unique takes on the iconic green bean casserole—to add to your holiday feast.

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charred green beans recipe
Brian Woodcock
Salt-and-Pepper Charred Green Beans

This simple recipe, which only takes 25 minutes to make, won't overwhelm the rich flavors featured in your Thanksgiving lineup.

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cheesy baked green beans recipe
Courtesy of Delish/Jon Boulton
Cheesy Baked Green Beans

Even the pickiest eaters will want second helpings of these mozzarella and Parmesan-covered green beans.

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roasted green beans recipe
Courtesy of Culinary Hill
Roasted Green Beans

Presentation matters, so be sure to hold onto the lemons after roasting your green beans and serve them as a garnish, too.

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apple cider green beans recipe
Courtesy of Joy Food Sunshine
Apple Cider-Flavored Green Beans

Once you've made a big batch of Thanksgiving punch, use your leftover cider and some fresh apples to flavor your veggies.

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healthy green beans recipe
Courtesy of Clean Cuisine
Clean Green Bean Casserole

Loaded with mushrooms, garlic, pumpkin seeds, and panko crumbs, this light dish has so much flavor, you won't even know it's healthy!

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green beans with lemon vinaigrette
Dana Gallagher; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Erin Swift
Green Beans with Lemon Vinaigrette

Whip up "zingy" green beans in just 15 minutes with this crowd-pleasing recipe from Ree Drummond.

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french green beans with garlicky almond breadcrumbs
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French Green Beans with Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs

Jazz up your veggies with ingredients you already have! This recipe utilizes leftover breadcrumbs to add some flavor and crunch.

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roasted green beans with preserved lemon and pine nuts
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Roasted Green Beans with Preserved Lemon and Pine Nuts

Preserved lemon adds a punch to an otherwise ordinary green bean recipe.

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ranch roasted green bean fries
Ethan Calabrese/Courtesy of Delish
Ranch Roasted Green Bean Fries

A packet of ranch seasoning and a little olive oil is all you need to make this recipe.

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apricot glazed green beans
Romulo Yanes
Apricot-Glazed Green Beans

Apricot jam and a splash of white wine vinegar give string beans punch and pizzazz.

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garlic green beans with bacon and feta cheese
Courtesy of Savory Tooth
Garlic Green Beans with Bacon and Feta Cheese

Bring mediterranean flavor to your holiday feast with this side dish, which you can make in just 20 minutes.

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easy bacon fried green beans
Courtesy of Perry's Plate
Easy Bacon-Fried Green Beans

The key to whipping up the best green beans you've ever had? Cooking them in bacon drippings.

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deep fried green beans
Courtesy of Menu of Musings​
Deep Fried Green Beans

We don't know which we love more—the cornmeal and Creole seasoning coating or the spicy mayo dipping sauce.

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green beans with walnuts and balsamic
Courtesy of Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Green Beans with Walnuts and Balsamic

While most recipes can only offer savory or sweet flavors, this green bean side dish features both.

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pecan, bacon, and blue cheese green beans
Courtesy of Whitney Bond
Pecan, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Green Beans

Even the pickiest eaters will want to eat their veggies thanks to this cheesy and crunchy take on green beans.

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Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots recipe
Johnny Miller
Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots

A rich sauce with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and a touch of Parmesan elevates this traditional side. For a twist, add chopped sun-dried tomatoes or diced roasted red peppers to the sauce.

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french green beans and garlic almond breadcrumbs
Johnny Miller
French Green Beans and Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs

Green beans get a French-inspired makeover in this delicious side dish. Serve it at your holiday meal for a fast and satisfying side, or toss it together for an elevated weeknight treat.

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green beans with bacon
Anna Williams
Green Beans with Bacon

Swap-in this savory-sweet side dish for green bean casserole of years past. It's sure to stand out with bold ingredients like bacon and pecans.

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green beans and fennel with tarragon
Brian Woodcock
Green Beans and Fennel with Tarragon

It's just a quick flash in the pan for this zesty veggie side.

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green beans gremolata
Kate Mathis
Green Beans Gremolata

Top off your typical green bean side dish with gremolata for a cheesy touch.

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skillet green beans
Christopher Testani
Skillet Green Beans

Sesame oil and soy sauce lend these veggies Asian flair.

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southern style green beans
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Southern-Style Green Beans

Chef Joe Randall includes these slow-simmered green beans on his Southern-style Thanksgiving menu.

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fresh green bean casserole
Steven Randazzo
Fresh Green Bean Casserole

An updated version of the classic comfort food dish, this recipe boasts plenty of flavor (thanks to garlic and breadcrumbs) and minimal fat and calories.

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roasted carrots green beans
Courtesy of The Lemon Bowl
Za'atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans

Hungry for something nutritious and delicious? This dish has got you covered.

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sesame ginger green beans
Andrew Purcell
Sesame-Ginger Green Beans

It only takes a few ingredients to liven up green beans by adding a delicious sesame-ginger dressing.

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french green beans with butter sauce and crispy leeks
Kana Okada
French Green Beans with Butter Sauce and Crispy Leeks

Put a new spin on this old-faithful casserole by opting for fresh ingredients.

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green bean salad with red onions recipe
Marcus Nilsson
Green Bean Salad with Red Onions

This simple recipe can be made ahead, giving you less work to do right before dinner guests arrive.

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green bean salad
Kana Okada
Green Bean Salad

A lighter alternative to a pasta or potato salad, this green bean dish calls for lots of fresh veggies and makes a great side dish at a barbecue or picnic.

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refrigerator dilly beans
Paulette Tavormina
Refrigerator Dilly Beans

Quick pickling at home is an easy way to give homegrown vegetables the deliciously briny, tangy flavor you love, and it's easy to add whatever herbs and spices you choose; this recipe is packed with fresh, fragrant dill.

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spicy pickled green beans
Andrew Purcell
Spicy Pickled Green Beans

With fall comes a bounty of beautiful vegetables. To get the most out of them all year long, preserve your favorites, like these bright and fresh green beans, in a spicy brine.

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