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The Best Green Bean Recipes

Updated on October 6, 2013

Green Bean Recipes and More

These are my favorite best loved green bean recipes, including this versatile veggie in Garlic Sauce, in an Onion Salad and a great recipe for them with Red Potatoes.

You'll also learn about the nutritional value of adding them to your diet.

Green beans are a home garden favorite because they are so easy to grow and taste great!

See featured photo on a mug.

About The Recipes

Nutrition Information

Fresh green beans are an excellent source of fiber. They are high in vitamin C and potassium, and naturally low in calories. Aside from that, I will not be offering any other nutritional or caloric/carbohydrate information as these are my own recipes and I am not a scientist.

Photo by Chasqui

In Depth Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/4 cup (83g)

Calories 25

Fat 0g

Sodium 0mg

Protein 1g

Carbohydrate 5g

Dietary Fiber 3 g

% of U.S. RDA

Vitamin A 2%

Vitamin C 8%

Calcium 4%

Iron 2%

Low calorie, Fat-free, Sodium-free, Cholesterol-free.

Find more in depth Green Bean Nutrition Information by following this link.

Green Beans in Garlic Sauce Recipe


1 pound green beans, whole

2 tablespoons butter, or margarine

1 teaspoon minced garlic

salt and pepper to taste


Over medium heat, boil the green beans in a 10-inch skillet, until they are just tender.

Drain the beans and return to the skillet.

Add the remaining ingredients and cook for an additional 2 or 3 minutes.

Used as a side dish, this recipe makes about 4 servings.

Photo by roland

This is a favorite 10 inch skillet of mine - 10-inch hard-anodized aluminum skillet

I learned the hard way about using non-stick pans and having a pan that doesn't peel is great!

Cuisinart GG22-24 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Inch Open Skillet
Cuisinart GG22-24 GreenGourmet Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Inch Open Skillet

The perfect completely "Green" 10 inch skillet for making my favorite green bean recipe!


Green Bean and Onion Salad Recipe

Perfect for a family cookout or picnic!


1 pound green beans, whole

1 small red onion, diced thin

2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Boil the green beans just until they are tender but still crisp, approximately 5 minutes.

Place the green beans into a bowl, add the remaining ingredients and toss well.

Used as a side dish, this recipe makes about 4 servings.

Photo by Cursedthing

Green Bean and Red Potato Salad Recipe

Another great one to accompany all of your grilled meats


1 pound green beans, cut to about 2 inches in length

6 or 8, small to medium sized red potatoes

1 small red onion, diced

4 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

½ teaspoon dried oregano, or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

salt and pepper to taste


Boil green beans until tender crisp. Boil potatoes until tender.

Remove peel, if desired and then cut the potatoes into small cubes.

Place the green beans and potato cubes into a bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients, and toss well.

Used as a side dish, this recipe makes about 8 servings.

Photo by ARTS

Campbell's Famous Casserole Recipe - Classic!

No green bean recipe page would be complete without THE classic green bean casserole recipe. This one is a true blue time-honored family favorite. I've switched it up a little to make it more to my family's liking. We prefer to use canned beans and less onions. You'll find a link to the original below.

Campbell's Brand Classic Green Bean Recipe

See the original recipe here.

Green Bean Casserole photo appears courtesy of OctopusHat and

Green Bean Recipes - A few of my Favorite Sites

Links to some I found on the web.

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    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing

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      5 years ago

      I like green beans very much,your this one is very informative!!

    • Squifoodie profile image


      5 years ago

      My husband is in love with green beans! I will certainly have to try some of these recipes for him. Thanks!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Got to try the garlic sauce one. It sounds yummy!

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      mmm green beans go with so many things

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love green beans and potatoes cooked together!

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      5 years ago

      This is a great lens. I love green beans and these are wonderful green beans recipes. Thanks

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      5 years ago

      Yum! I'm trying to add more veggies to my meals and your green beans with garlic sounds easy and tasty. Thanks!

    • Michelllle profile image


      5 years ago

      Can't go wrong with garlic sauce!

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      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I love a good green bean casserole! Green beans are one veggie that the kids never complain about eating, so they are on our dinner table often. Well done!

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      Vicki Green 

      5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I think green beans are probably my favorite vegetable, so it is always fun to try different recipes to give some variety to my family who aren't as crazy about green beans as me.

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      5 years ago

      Great job on this lens, can't wait to try it!

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love munching on fresh green beans, but canned green beans are mushy and the frozen ones squeak between my teeth no matter how I cook them. I may brave some of the recipes you have compiled.

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      5 years ago

      I am spoiled when it comes to greenbeans. Besides greenbean casarole at a party or potluck, I only eat fresh grown greenbeans cooked with bacon grease added. Passed on from grandma it is a tradition in our family. Some of your recipes sound tempting to try but will have to wait since I ate all my winters supply of freshly frozen green beans. I can't wait for my homegrown greenbeans and tomatoes from the garden! Thanks for sharing your greenbean lens, I love it.

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      5 years ago


    • Jogalog profile image


      5 years ago

      I love green beans in so many different recipes and just as a side dish. They're a really versatile vegetable.

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      5 years ago

      fresh green beans, YUMMY! I'm going to make me some tonight!

    • Spiderlily321 profile image


      5 years ago

      I love green beans. Thanks for sharing the great recipes

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      5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I love green beans. They are my "go to" veggie when I want something late at night without filling up on a lot of empty calories and they are good for you. I will have to try your bean and potato recipe.

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      Betoporto LM 

      5 years ago

      yummy...I am going to try this...thanks for sharing!

    • aydensmom profile image


      5 years ago

      Yum! Green beans are one of my favorite veggies. I love the Campbell's Traditional Green Bean Casserole too!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      I can't wait to try the garlic green bean recipe.

    • suepogson profile image


      6 years ago

      Some lovely recipes - beans are one of my favourite vegetables.

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      jseven lm 

      6 years ago

      I love green beans and like all the choices of recipes here!

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      6 years ago

      I like green things and I like green beans. So this lens was a happy discovery. Yum.

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      imagelist lm 

      6 years ago

      Great info thanks...

    • iijuan12 profile image


      6 years ago from Florida

      I love green beans!

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      Bob Zau 

      6 years ago

      Fresh green beans are one of my favorites.

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      6 years ago

      We can put these Green Bean recipes to good use. We probably eat Green Beans more than any other vegetable. We even grow them every year.

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like these green beans recipes. Thanks for sharing.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Happy Vegetarian Day!

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on making the TOP PERFORMERS: Best of Food & Cooking page.

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      6 years ago

      These recipes look yummy. In South Africa the most popular way to cook green beans is to boil green beans, potatoes and onions. We cook it pretty soft and then we mash it all up together with lots of butter. I know it does not sound very tasty, but try it you will be surprised!

    • aliciamaggie54 profile image


      6 years ago

      Sounds good. Thank you for the recipes. Have a great week.

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      6 years ago

      bookmarked to return to next time i have some lovely green beans to cook! yum!

    • NightMagic profile image


      6 years ago

      I really dislike green beans. I know they are healthy for you. I think I'm going to try your Campbell's Green Bean Casserole recipe. I might like them in a casserole.

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      6 years ago

      I love green beans in garlic sauce... but for a little extra flavor, try adding some blue cheese crumbles!

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      6 years ago

      In my family, it's not Thanksgiving without green bean casserole!

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      6 years ago

      I'll have to try some of these recipes. I've always loved green beans.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      My plants are exploding with green beans right now. I'll be trying some of these recipes, for sure! Thank you!

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      Mmm I eat green beans almost every day. Maybe I should switch it up and try one of these delicious-looking recipes...

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      6 years ago

      You forgot green bean casserole with those french onions on top. It's really easy to make and costs only a little bit of money! Delicious!

    • jasminesphotogr profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm going to have to try the garlic green beans. Sounds so good, mmmmmmm! :)

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We always do that recipe with minced garlic and it is terrific. Add a bit of soy sauce or Worcester sauce and it's good to eat.

    • Aster56 profile image


      6 years ago

      We eat a lot of beans so I am going to try your recipes. Thanks. Thanks for the recipes. Great lens.We eat a lot of beans so I am going to try these recipes.

    • seabreezes profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes. I can't wait to try them. They all sound delicious, Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      These are tasty. I love my cousin's baked casserole. Sadly, I only get to eat them on Thanksgiving when we all get together.

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      biggking lm 

      6 years ago

      mmmmm looks good

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      6 years ago

      I love bean a lot, they have good source of protein, great lens btw..

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      desa999 lm 

      6 years ago

      Great lens with some very good suggestions.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      You have certainly covered every aspect of this most excellent vegetable.

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      Diane Cass 

      6 years ago from New York

      I love green beans. We grow them, along with wax beans in our garden. Thanks for some great recipe ideas to use them in.

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      6 years ago

      @Julia Morais: I agree with you

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      6 years ago

      My kids actually love green beans. Even more than yellow beans. My favorite recipe though is not healthy. They are fried in oil with garlic and chili paste. Very tasty.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Yep! It is green, easy to do, and healthy.Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for a great recipe.

    • gatornic15 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes. I really like fresh green beans.

    • themeanviolets profile image


      6 years ago

      Green Beans are my favorite veggie. Thanks for a great lens post!

    • tyrosine profile image


      6 years ago

      informative and learnt really cool recipes! thx!!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Whenever I can get fresh green beans, it's a challenge to get them from basket to table without everyone (including me) eating them whole and raw, but my mouth is watering at your recipes, the two salads especially. Summer is just around the corner, and soon we'll get to eat fresh green beans again. Yum!

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      6 years ago from England

      I love green beans! I use a Greek recipe for cooking them in olive oil with canned tomatoes... yummy... I'm salivating now just thinking about them!

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      Julia Morais 

      6 years ago

      These dishes look nice and healthy. Yummy!

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      I confess I have never made the famous green bean casserole, but I will be cooking up some garlicky green beans for sure this St. Patrick's Day.

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      6 years ago

      such good stuff! thanks for sharing.

    • jwcooney profile image


      6 years ago

      Yum, these recipes look delicious, I must try cooking some of these.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 

      6 years ago

      Yummy! I love green beans! Did you know they are not a veggie? Nice recipes! :0)

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      6 years ago

      Yum green beans lovely in garlic sauce.Im having it with steak and a baked potato.

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      6 years ago

      great lens.Yum

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      6 years ago

      I LOVE green beans!!!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • wormwood80 profile image


      6 years ago

      Mmm, green beans in garlic sauce. I'm trying that tonight!

    • williemack58 profile image


      6 years ago

      I would suggest and invitation to sample these dishes, you know no one does a dish quite like you.

    • MamaKris profile image


      6 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      Green beans. Yum.

    • KellydeBorda profile image


      6 years ago

      Green beans are my favorite veggie - my grandmother always did the green bean and red potato combo and I miss it! Thanks for reminding me that I can cook it myself. :)

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      6 years ago

      I love greenbean casserole! Nice lense!

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      6 years ago

      I love green beans too. I am going to try to grow my own this year.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      A very nice collection of recipes! I think the Green Bean and Red Potato Salad looks especially good and I'll be trying it, for sure. Green beans are one of my favorite veggies!

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      6 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day .. dear lady :)

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      Miter Saw Stand 

      6 years ago

      I use to just eat green beans raw when I was younger.

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      6 years ago

      I grew up on green beans, but always eating the plain, jayne version. I may have to try a few of these recipes.

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      6 years ago

      I am always looking for ways to mask green beans. Thanks for the great tips.

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      6 years ago

      I love green beans - thanks for more ideas!

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      Steve Dizmon 

      6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I may very well try the above recipe for green bean & potato salad.

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      6 years ago

      love green and wax beans! Thanks for the ideas on using them.

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      6 years ago

      I love green Beans

    • HtCares profile image


      6 years ago

      Our family loves green beans and eat them often. I'm going to try the green beans in garlic sauce; it sounds yummy.

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      6 years ago

      Great ways to eat green beans, but my favorite is still eating them as a salad, with some garlic or sweet onions, parsley (or any kind of fresh herb growing around my home), apple cider vinegar and olive oil.

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      6 years ago from South Africa

      Not a huge fans of green beans but i may try out the green beans in garlic sauce.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      6 years ago from Washington KS

      Love green beans. Yummy-sounding recipes.

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      Rob Hemphill 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      I caught a leprechaun last night, he wishes you a Happy St.Patrick's Day!

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      6 years ago

      I love green beans! Happy 'green' day! :)

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      6 years ago

      The green bean casserole is on the top of my list. thanks for a great lens!

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      mediawizard lm 

      6 years ago

      Just love green Beans

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Nice lens! I love green beans in salads or cooked but I think my favorite way to have green beans is raw, right out of the garden. Angel blessed.

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      6 years ago

      Going to try green beans in garlic sauce. Thanks for the tip

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      jseven lm 

      6 years ago

      Yummy! I have to try some of these new ones, love green bean casserole.

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      6 years ago

      i love green beans too, id try your reipes... thank you for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      nice lens thank you for sharing. Good ideas.

    • intermarks profile image


      6 years ago

      I love green bean, and I am going to cook one of your recipes after this. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Green beans sure look yummy! Great lens.


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