Roasted Green Beans with Bacon are perfectly tender and so delicious. This easy 20-minute side dish goes with just about anything.
This simple yet delicious side dish not only goes with just about any main entree (see serving suggestions below) but it is also naturally Whole30, paleo, low carb and GAPS friendly. Just be sure to check the ingredients on that bacon package to avoid excess sugar and preservatives. But if you go with quality bacon like ButcherBox, you should be good.
Roasted Green Beans with Bacon
It’s hard to resist eating these green beans straight off the pan. They are deliciously crisp-tender with just the right amount of seasonings and crunchy bacon to go with it. It makes an easy and delicious side dish to just about any entree and the best part is it can be ready in under 30 minutes!
Can you roast green beans in the oven?
Yes! In fact that is the most convenient and easiest way to cook them.
It saves time because you don’t have to babysit them as you would if using a pan on stove top. And you can easily throw all the green beans on a sheet pan and pop it in the oven rather than the need to cook them in batches if using a skillet.
What are the best green beans to roast in oven?
In a typical neighborhood market, you will often find two types of green beans: the waxy, round string beans and the delicate, thin Haricots Verts.
Green beans are the more popular string beans but you can also find heirloom yellow and purple varieties at the farmer’s markets.
Haricots Verts is a French term for green beans but they also differ from the commonly found string beans. Haricots Verts are longer and thinner and tend to be more tender with a robust flavor. Because they are slender, you want to cut back in the roasting time so they still retain that texture that we love in green beans.
How to season oven roasted green beans?
There are so many different ways to season roasted green beans. This particular recipe is simple with just salt, pepper and a little garlic powder. But you can also season with whatever your heart desires. Some great options would be Italian seasoning, dried parsley, paprika, and onion powder.
Keep in mind that the finished flavor of the green beans will also depend on the flavor of the bacon used. Besides just being quality product, I love ButcherBox bacon because of the mild flavor. I would recommend going with a bland-flavored bacon so there’s no competition of flavors.
If you are skipping the bacon for whatever reason, you can also top your roasted green beans with some of these simple additions:
- A pat or two of pastured butter and dusting of Parmesan cheese
- Red pepper flakes and sesame seeds with drizzle of sesame oil
- Lemon zest and lemon squeezed over the green beans
How long to roast green beans in the oven?
Always cook with washed and fully dried green beans. If there is even a drop of water that will create condensation that will actually steam the green beans and rob that golden roasted flavor.
Depending on the thickness of the green beans (string beans or Haricots Verts?), you will roast the green beans for approximately 20-30 minutes. The tenderness of the green beans is a matter of preference and there is no right or wrong answer here.
Like them more on the crunchy side? Go with 21 minutes. More soft and tender? Roast for the full 30 minutes.
A simple trick to getting the best flavor and appearance of any roasted vegetable is to broil on high for a minute or so. No one can resist perfectly roasted golden green beans.
How to roast green beans in the oven?
Oven-roasted green beans is actually quite simple to prepare. It is literally the easiest side dish you will ever make.
Start with trimming the green beans. Cut off the ends diagonally to expose more surface area. I prefer doing this when I rinse green beans under running cold water and using kitchen shears such as these instead of a knife.
Season the green beans with salt, pepper and garlic powder and drizzle with some healthy oil.
The key to getting the most delicious, crisp-tender green beans is to roast them in a hot oven. So be sure your oven is preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
After 8 minutes of roasting, carefully remove pan from oven and flip the green beans. Now is also a good time to add chopped bacon throughout the pan between green beans.
Pop the pan back into the oven for an additional 13 minutes, followed by a minute or two of broiling and you are set!
Tips to Roasting Green Beans in Oven:
- Look for fresh, bright green beans. They should have firm skin and snap easily. You can use round string beans or the thinner variety Haricots Verts.
- Pat green beans dry before roasting. Any water will turn into mushy not golden spots on the green beans.
- Don’t crowd the beans. If you are doubling the recipe, use two pans but do not overcrowd the beans. There needs to be sufficient room for heat to travel between the beans and every single green bean has to touch the hot pan.
- Remove green beans from oven when they are crisp-tender, unless you prefer them soft, in which case a few more minutes will help to finish that roasting process.
- Broil the green beans for a minute or two at the end to add some of that golden glow to the tops of the green beans.
Roasted Green Beans with Bacon Serving Suggestions
These are great on their own – they may not even make it till dinner time. 😉 But here are a few serving suggestions that would pair great with these Roasted Green Beans with Bacon:
- Instant Pot Paleo Ribs
- Keto Chicken Cabbage Casserole
- Lazy Cabbage Rolls
- Crustless Skillet Pizza
- Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice with Beef
Roasted Green Beans with Bacon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Toss washed, trimmed and fully dried green beans with oil, salt and pepper, and garlic powder.
- Roast for 8 minutes on middle rack.
- Remove pan from oven and flip the green beans. Add the 1" cut bacon pieces all over the green beans and return to the oven for additional 13 minutes.
- Broil for 1-2 minutes, constantly watching to make sure the green beans don't get charred.
- Remove from pan and transfer to platter and enjoy immediately.
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