A collection of the very best fresh green bean recipes on the web! Featuring over fifteen amazing ways to eat fresh green beans in stellar side dishes, salads, and main courses.
FRESH GREEN BEANS FOR THE WIN
I grew up eating canned green beans, yet somehow, they were still my favorite vegetable. Fresh green beans were a game-changer, and everything about them was exponentially better than the canned version.
They have a sweet, somewhat nutty flavor and boast a lovely texture once cooked. But, quite possibly the best part is that they’re actually beyond simple to cook. In fact, if you can boil water, you can make fresh green beans.
To simplify matters even further, these days you can typically find them already strung, snipped and packaged in the produce section of the grocery store. I take full advantage of these come the weekdays and simply open a bag, boil, season and serve. For that recipe, you can go ahead and skip right on down to the bottom.
However, if you’re on the hunt for something a little extra special to do with those fresh green beans, check out these other amazing fresh green bean recipes perfect for serving up any day of the week!
15 OF THE BEST FRESH GREEN BEAN RECIPES
Whether you’re looking to feature fresh green beans in a main dish, a fun new way to serve ’em up as a side, or toss them in with a healthy salad, this recipe roundup has every green bean dish you could possibly desire.
MAIN DISHES FEATURING FRESH GREEN BEANS
Let’s kick this off with a bang, shall we? Smoky Green Bean Turkey Skillet by Project Meal Plan features seasoned ground turkey, red bell peppers, onions, salsa and of course fresh green beans. Serve it over rice, quinoa, or pasta, and dive in!
Now that is a whole lotta savory. Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Green Beans and Feta by Taste and See is a Mediterranean-inspired fresh green bean recipe with Greek chicken, diced tomatoes, potatoes, lemon and olives.
Roasted Mahi Mahi with Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes by Sidewalk Shoes features roasted mahi mahi with green beans and cherry tomatoes, and is topped off with a lemony vinaigrette. Yes, please.
FRESH GREEN BEAN SALAD RECIPES
Here’s something to seriously obsess over. Easy Salad Niçoise by Pinch and Swirl features canned tuna, hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, olives, and a mustardy dressing that’ll straight-up knock your socks off.
Honestly, I die for this one. A true sucker for feta, this Greek Green Bean Salad by Peas and Crayons with feta cheese, tomatoes and a quick-fix herby vinaigrette has me jonesing a tidbit. How ’bout you?
If you’re looking for a simple way to spruce up fresh green beans, Green Bean Almondine is a seriously flavorful solution. The name may mislead some into thinking it’s a complex recipe, but rest assured, these buttery green beans topped with a crunchy almond sauce comes together quickly and with very few ingredients.
Just look at all that color! Garlic Dill Green Bean Tomato Salad by The Pretty Bee is looking particularly gorgeous today. Red onions, tomatoes, chickpeas and a white wine vinaigrette make these green beans look extra lovely.
FRESH GREEN BEAN SIDE DISHES
I do believe we have hit the mother load of fresh green bean recipes. Homemade Green Bean Casserole by The Anthony Kitchen (that is, yours truly) is one I can personally vouch for. A creamy homemade mushroom sauce, loads of Cheddar cheese, and fresh green beans take green bean casserole to the next level!
Southerners, I got your number, right here. Stewed Green Beans with Tomatoes is a slow cooking side dish that feeds a crowd and makes them rejoice all at the same time. Win. This one features fresh green beans, bacon, onions, and fire roasted tomatoes. It’s by The Anthony Kitchen. Also, known as mwah.
Enjoy your new favorite green bean recipes and happy cooking to all!
- 12 oz bag of “Washed + Ready to Eat” green beans (or 12 oz green beans, washed and ends snipped)
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
Add water to a medium-sized saucepan until about two-thirds of the way full. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Add green beans to water and allow to boil for 6-8 minutes, just until tender.
Do not allow them to cook far beyond this stage, as they will continue to cook slightly longer once removed from the heat. Immediately drain and transfer to serving dish.
Toss with butter, salt and pepper. Serve right away and enjoy.
*If you can’t find the bagged goodies in the produce section, don’t worry about those raggedy ol’ ends. All you need to do is stack them, a handful at a time, on their little behinds, lay them on your cutting board and cut about a ½” from the end and then repeat on the other side.