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How To Cook Fresh Green Beans With Bacon

Updated on June 26, 2013

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About Green Beans with Bacon

This is one of my go to recipes on the days friends and family stop by. Everyone seems to really enjoy them, and I can not blame them I mean who dose not like bacon. if you already have your fresh green beans trimmed and cut, then this recipe only takes 15 minutes to make, and goes really well with anything you want to make it with. I like to sever it with fried chicken and mash potatoes, but green beans with bacon also has a place at my holiday table.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Feeds 4-6

What You Need

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 clove garlic, fine minced
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and cut, frozen can be sub if needed
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • You can Add nuts like, pecans or almonds if you like

How You Do It

  1. If not already done, wash, and trim the ends off green beans, and cut in half
  2. In a skillet over medium high heat, melt butter, onion, galric and add the bacon. Fry bacon until crispy.
  3. place beans in a pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil. Cook, for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain well
  4. add Beans, and lemon to pan with onion, season with salt and pepper, you can add nuts at this time if using.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated though and tender, toss to mix, and sever

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      Sara Shelby 

      11 months ago

      Planning making these tomorrow, they sound amazing! For those who have made it- did you keep all the bacon grease and add the butter. That just seems like a lot of grease. I'm not opposed to the bacon grease just wondering about the butter at the end?

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      16 months ago

      I made this recipe. Only thing I'd change is cooking the bacon at least half way through before adding the onion & garlic. My first time I put b, o&g in at the same time. The onion & garlic were very dark by the time the bacon was crispy. My pan may have been too hot. But there's more green beans coming from the garden soon & I will be making this again!

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      3 years ago

      Beryl , what an Beryl , what an amazing repcie, I followed your directions to the T and it was amazing my wife and 2 children 3 & 5 yrs old all ate it up. AMAZING , That night the kids slept wit my wife & I because they do that some nights and all 4 of us were in our king size bed and Laughing because those beans gave us some wonderful anal artillary. I will check out some of your other video's as wellBlessings and Grace,Warren Tibbs , KC Missouri

    • WhatToCook profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Thanks, and they are a healthy staple, and easy to keep on hand.

    • Nancy Owens profile image

      Nancy Owens 

      5 years ago from USA

      My family makes a similar variation of this recipe. I really like the way you explained it. Green beans are such a healthy staple to cook with.


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