15 Fresh Green Bean Recipes to Mix Up Your Dinner Sides
With bright color and bold flavor, fresh green beans make an excellent side dish for any meal. Whether you sauté, bake, or even grill these veggies, the whole family is sure to enjoy them. Look through these 15 fresh green bean recipes for inspiration. We're serving up green beans smothered in creamy sauces, mixed with crispy bacon, and layered into decadent casseroles. Keep these on rotation for weeknight meals so no one ever tires of this classic side.
Lemon Pepper Green Beans
You only need four ingredients for this simple vegetable side. Fresh green beans are cooked down in butter before getting tossed with crunchy almond slices and zingy lemon pepper.
Fresh Green Beans with Heaven Sauce
This Asian-inspired sauce will change the opinion of even the greatest of green bean haters. Here, they're steamed until tender before getting tossed with a blend of butter, soy sauce, sriracha, mayo, and plenty of spices.
Vintage Fresh Green Bean Casserole
If you're used to eating green bean casserole made with canned beans, then you'll be wowed with this fresh version. Nothing beats fresh green beans layered up with mushroom soup, Cheddar cheese, and French-fried onions.
Southern Green Beans
A classic side on Southern dinner tables, these fresh green beans pair up with tender new potatoes and crispy bacon for a wow-worthy dish. Best part? It all conveniently cooks in one skillet.
Buttery Garlic Green Beans
Buttery, garlicky, what's not to love? Reviewer Sarah Jo says, "I usually double this recipe because my family inhales it."
Grilled Fresh Green Beans
Throwing fresh green beans on the grill gets them perfectly crisp-tender while infusing the veggies with a nice smokiness.
Steamed Fresh Green Beans with Garlic Dill Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise and green beans may seem like an odd combo, but once you take a bite with the creamy sauce with a kick of horseradish and crispy bacon, you'll have a new favorite recipe on your hands.
Sesame Green Beans
If these are a regular on your takeout orders, you can now recreate your favorite sesame green beans at home! "OUTSTANDING! Easy and delicious," says rowdy. "I gave this 5 stars and like someone else said — if there was a higher rating I would use it!"
Roasted Green Beans
Simply roasting green beans with a little oil, salt, and pepper results in irresistibly crispy beans. "A great alternative to fast-food French fries," says recipe creator samanathon. "My family and friends love these as a snack or hors d'oeuvre."
Lemon-Parsley Green Beans
Bright lemon zest and herby parsley pair up to create this bold dish. "These flavors are awesome with green beans making it a light and springy side," says reviewer cjucoder.
Creamy Green Beans Parmesan
Creamy, buttery, and spiced with a hint of nutmeg, these green beans are tossed into a rich sauce before getting finished off with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan.
Green Beans With Walnuts
"Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you," says reviewer naples34102. "These beans are awesome both in taste and presentation. The walnut oil adds a subtle nuttiness and if at all possible should not be substituted."
Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes
This dish is perfect for the summer during tomato season. Recipe creator STARNETSA says, "These beans are briefly boiled and tossed with cherry tomatoes in a buttery basil sauce to make the most yummy green beans ever!"
Green Bean and Mushroom Medley
Don't let the simple ingredients list fool you into thinking this green bean side dish is basic. Created with fresh green beans, hearty mushrooms, and sweet carrots, this recipe makes for a great side dish that pairs well with anything.
Arica's Green Beans and Feta
Salty feta, sweet red bell pepper, and rich white wine combine to pump up this green bean side dish. Don't have wine on hand? Many reviewers have had success substituting it with vegetable or chicken broth.