How To Cook Green Beans Like A Boss! (31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes Day 25)

Tired of wondering how to cook green beans that aren’t tasteless and soggy – without it taking forever?  You’re gonna cook these awesome veggies like a boss and be done in minutes!  This idea is, after all, part of the 31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes for Busy Wives this month.  Ready to get on to the deliciousness?  Let’s go!

How to Cook Green Beans

Just like 95% of my recipes, how to cook green beans the best is in a cast iron skillet after melting a couple tablespoons of bacon grease in the center.  Don’t gasp too loudly!  The key to amazing green beans is infusing them with flavor early on.  The facts:  bacon grease gives vegetables flavor that nothing else can.  Otherwise, they might taste like a limp dish rag hanging on the towel rack!

Don’t worry – I won’t force you, though.  If you absolutely don’t want to use bacon grease then my second choice would be butter, then olive oil or coconut oil.  The cast iron will be instrumental in adding incredible flavor as well.  Don’t have a cast iron yet?  My most used piece is this old-school, heavy duty Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet.

Using fresh green beans is wonderful, but for this quick hack, we’re using frozen green beans.  The bags of frozen vegetables I always mention when I share about how to save money on groceries applies here too.  The Kroger green beans are blanched slightly (that means they are partially cooked) without any flavoring, only take a few minutes to cook, and are usually the best bargain for me.  When I need them, they’re in the freezer waiting for us.

How to Cook Green Beans

The ingredients and instructions for a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->>>

Melt bacon grease (or butter, coconut oil, or olive oil) in the center of a cast iron skillet.  Meanwhile, cut up one piece of fresh garlic.  Optionally, chopping and cooking 1/8 of an onion as well will amp up the flavor also.  Cook in grease for 2 minutes.  Add green beans that have thawed, along with salt and pepper seasoning.  Toss to coat beans until thoroughly coated.  Cook at medium heat for 5 minutes  Turn the burner on low heat, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 more minutes.

That’s all folks!

Here’s your printable recipe cards of how to cook green beans:

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How To Cook Green Beans Like A Boss! (31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes Day 25)
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon grease (or butter or oil)
  • 1 bag frozen green beans, thawed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • optional: ⅛ chopped onion
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  1. Melt bacon grease (or butter, coconut oil, or olive oil) in the center of a cast iron skillet.
  2. Meanwhile, cut up one piece of fresh garlic.
  3. Optional: chop and cook ⅛ of an onion.
  4. Cook in grease 2 minutes.
  5. Add green beans and salt and pepper seasoning and toss to coat beans until thoroughly coated..
  6. Cook at medium heat for 5 minutes
  7. Turn burner to lowest heat, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 more minutes.
You can also pour frozen green beans into a boiling pot of rich chicken broth with seasonings and cook for ten minutes or to stretch thawed green beans on a cookie sheet, coated with butter, seasonings, and parmesan to broil for 10 minutes, but this is the most flavorful way I know how to cook green beans.
This is one of those dishes I call no-brainers or emergency meals.  I hope you enjoy this simple hack to get some vegetables on the table that are not only healthy but that also have tons of flavor (which is typically hard to give to vegetables like this).

How to Cook Green Beans

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  1. August 30, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I need this recipe! My beans always seem to be either too soggy or too crunchy. I also love that you included links in this post to a bunch of other recipes as well, that will come in handy!

    • Shan
      August 31, 2016 / 11:05 am

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one, Jasmine! Mine were too. Hope this helps you make rock star green beans and WOW your family. Let me know how it goes!


    • Shan
      August 31, 2016 / 11:03 am

      Yep, Cait! Nothing like that bacon grease. haha Gotta love it. Thanks for hanging around.


    • Shan
      September 1, 2016 / 10:28 am

      Oh no, Erin! Use another oil, then fill it with your own seasonings. You can make still make them work. 😉


  2. September 20, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    These beans sound amazing! I might have to try them tonight with supper. 😉

  3. October 4, 2016 / 8:29 am

    That sounds like a fantastic idea. We don’t eat pork but I am sure I can do turkeyham or smoked turkey instead although it doesn’t have much fat. I need to figure it out and make this! Great suggestion!
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    • Shan
      November 9, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks Vickie! I hope this was helpful. sure does make it easier to find tricks to healthier food that isn’t hard.


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