Keto Smothered Green Beans


These garlic-seasoned green beans are sauteed until crisp-tender, then topped with cheese and bacon for a delicious keto side dish. Use your favorite seasoning on the beans, or try a different cheese for variety. I like to shred my own cheese as I find it melts better than the bagged variety.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 servings


  • 6 ounces center-cut bacon, cut into small pieces

  • 1 tablespoon butter, or as needed

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Cook bacon in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat until brown and crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving bacon grease in the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and add enough butter to equal 2 tablespoons of fat in the skillet.

  2. Add green beans to the skillet and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with garlic powder, toss to coat, and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add water to help steam the beans. Continue cooking until water has evaporated and beans are crisp-tender or cooked to your liking, 3 to 4 more minutes.

  3. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  4. Top beans with shredded Cheddar cheese and sprinkle with cooked bacon.

  5. Place skillet under broiler until cheese has melted, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
19g Fat
6g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 472mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 301mg 23%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 198mg 4%

* 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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