Green Beans with Bacon

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Green Beans with bacon is one of our all-time favorite side dishes!

Fresh green beans are sauteed with bacon and garlic until tender crisp. A squeeze of fresh lemon is added just before serving making these the perfect easy side!

Green Beans with Bacon in a bowl with lemon slices

For the main meal, we often eat a lean protein such as chicken or pork chops and serve it with simple sides.  I try to add a small portion of starch such as Garlic Butter Rice or Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes and then I add a fresh salad and veggies.

I tend to opt for veggies that are simple and don’t require a huge list of complex ingredients (and stick to about 10 minutes or so).  These green beans with bacon fit the bill perfectly!

Bacon, green beans, garlic, a splash of lemon and seasoning to taste and you have yourself the most delicious side dish in just minutes; and everyone will rave about it!

Green Beans with Bacon in a bowl

Truth be told, the secret to this easy side is the bacon, if you put bacon in a dish it’s pretty obvious that everyone’s going to love it!

In this recipe, the little bit of bacon grease left in the pan is used to replace butter or oil which adds lots of extra flavor (without lots of effort).

Garlic is a super aromatic and even just a little bit adds a lot to this recipe. Believe it or not, garlic actually contains a lot of natural sugars (like onions) so it can burn quickly so it is added to this recipe just for the last few minutes.

As amazing as fresh garlic is, I keep a jar of minced garlic on hand at all times. It is so easy to add garlic to any dish when you can simply scoop out whatever amount you need.

When cooking green beans, you want to ensure they’re cooked just until tender-crisp so they don’t end up soggy.

You can use frozen green beans (or even canned green beans) in this recipe but I strongly suggest fresh for the very best flavor and texture.

Green Beans with Bacon in a pan with a spatula

This recipe can easily be modified for other veggies such as brussels sprouts, cauliflower or asparagus. If using other veggies, depending on the cooking time, you may need to add a little chicken stock to help them cook along the way.

If you’d like to kick up the heat a bit, toss in a few chili flakes!

When you are deciding what side dish to accompany a delicious meal like Spinach Stuffed Pork Tenderloin or Braised Chicken Thighs look no further than this Bacon Green Beans recipe!

Super simple and loaded with flavor, it will become a go-to side dish in your home for sure!

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Green Beans with Bacon in a bowl
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Review Recipe

Green Beans with Bacon

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Tender crisp green beans with smoky bacon make the perfect side dish!


  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds green beans washed, ends trimmed
  • 6 slices raw bacon chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and black pepper to taste

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  • Place chopped bacon into a frying pan and cook until crispy
  • Remove bacon and set aside on a plate lined with paper towel
  • Discard all but 1 tablespooon (approx.. this doesn’t have to be exact) of bacon drippings
  • Turn heat to medium. Add Green Beans to pan and cook until they are lightly browned, stirring occasionally (about 8 minutes).
  • Add garlic and bacon, toss and cook for 1 minute more.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 139, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 154mg, Potassium: 362mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1045IU, Vitamin C: 18.6mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 1.7mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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