Bacon-Garlic Green Beans


This family-favorite vegetable side dish of green beans is simple and quick to make. Great for family dinners, Thanksgiving, or any occasion. You can substitute lime zest for the lemon zest if desired.

close up view of Bacon-Garlic Green Beans with lemon zest on a plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 3 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed

  • 4 slices bacon

  • 1 cup butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Place green beans in a pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beans start to soften, about 10 minutes. Drain water, leaving beans in the pot.

  2. Place bacon strips on a microwave-safe plate and cook in the microwave until crisp, about 2 minutes. Cool and crumble bacon.

  3. Stir butter and bacon into beans in the pot and return to medium heat; cook and stir until butter melts, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Top with lemon zest and stir.

Cook's Notes:

Remove the bacon for a healthier dish. However, adding the bacon is a great option that adds flavor to the beans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
17g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 189
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 19mg 95%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 263mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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