How To Cook Green Beans Like A Boss: No Fail Secrets To Tasty & Easy

Tired of not knowing how to cook green beans – because they’re tasteless, soggy, or too crunchy – and take forever to cook?!  You’re about to learn how to rock this yummy Southern green beans recipe like a boss and be done in minutes. There are just a couple secrets to learn and you’ll be on your way to healthy green bean recipes on your own (that don’t necessarily taste healthy!). Ready to get on to the deliciousness?  Let’s go!

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If you’ve been around THTG at all, you know I adore sharing easy recipes, stress free travel tips, and cleaning, cozying, and family-friendly entertainment hacks.  Enjoy a solution to this age-old struggle of having your family actually like the green beans on their plate!

How to cook green beans secrets

Knowing how to cook green beans in the quickest and easiest way is simply knowing how to “saute” green beans. The following sauteed green bean recipe secrets include three key things:

  1. infusing flavor early
  2. using the correct cooking oil
  3. using the right temperature at right time

#1 infusing flavor early ~ It’s imperative that you add the oil and seasoning early on into the green beans so that they will soak up the flavor.  This is accomplished by only adding the green beans into the skillet after the oil/butter/garlic is hot and then seasoning immediately.

#2 using the correct oil/butter ~ In order to give green beans the most flavor, use a combination of one of the following three oils with a pat of butter.  Choose from bacon grease (best flavor), olive oil, or coconut oil and combine with a small pat of butter before seasoning.

#3 using the right temperature at the right time ~After melting the oil/butter mixture, heat skillet to medium/high.  You’ll saute’ garlic and then green beans at this higher temperature before turning to low.  It helps to give a result of a crispier but done green bean and not a soggy, tasteless one.  More specific cooking instructions below.

HOW TO COOK GREEN BEANS INSTRUCTIONS

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

After melting a couple tablespoons of bacon grease (or coconut oil or olive oil), cook garlic (can be garlic in a jar) for a couple minutes before adding green beans. Don’t gasp too loudly about me suggesting bacon grease!  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.  I’ve listed the other options.

Just like 95% of my recipes, how to cook green beans the best is in a cast iron skillet.  It’s not mandatory to use a cast iron skillet but it sure does seem to help. 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 (using the healthiest canned green beans would work too without the liquid but probably not as nutrient-dense).

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.

Important:  When using frozen green beans, make sure you thaw and towel blot as much water as possible before cooking – you don’t want that extra water in your pan – that will cause sogginess.

HOW TO COOK GREEN BEANS INGREDIENTS

All the exact measurements are on the printable recipe card below, but here are the ingredients at a glance. ->>>

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 (you can totally use garlic in a jar instead).  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.

  • bacon grease, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • butter
  • fresh garlic (chopped)
  • chopped fresh onion (optional)
  • salt & pepper

That’s all folks!

HOW TO COOK GREEN BEANS RECIPE CARD

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

How To Cook Green Beans Like A Boss! (31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes Day 25)
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon grease, olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 bag frozen green beans, thawed & patted dry
  • 1 clove garlic or 1 tablespoon jarred garlic without juice
  • optional: 1/8 chopped onion
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt oil and butter in the center of a cast iron skillet.
  2. Meanwhile, cut up one piece of fresh garlic.
  3. Optional: chop and cook 1/8 of an onion.
  4. Add garlic and onion and 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/high heat for 5 minutes
  7. Turn burner to lowest heat, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 more minutes.
  8. Easy Peasy!

BONUS WAY TO COOK GREEN BEANS

Although not my favorite ways, there are other options:

How to boil green beans ~ You can pour frozen or canned green beans into a boiling pot of rich broth with seasonings and cook for ten minutes on medium.  Turn down to low and cook for five to ten minutes more until done.

How to cook green beans in oven ~  You can pour thawed-out and towel-patted green beans on a cookie sheet, coated with butter, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese to broil for 10 minutes to fifteen minutes until done and slightly browned at 400 degrees.

But let me say that the first way I’ve shared is the most flavorful way I know how to cook green beans, not to mentioned the quickest and easiest.

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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).

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Is this how you were taught how to cook green beans or another way?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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37 Comments

  1. August 30, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Definitely have to try this! I am not a fan of soggy green beans and these sound amazing!

  2. 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
      Author
      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!

      blessings,
      Shan

    • Shan
      Author
      August 31, 2016 / 11:03 am

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

      blessings,
      Shan

  3. September 1, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Dang it, I’m a vegetarian so this method isn’t going to work for me! 🙁 This is a really cool series though, so I’m off to check out some other yummy posts! 🙂

    • Shan
      Author
      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. 😉

      blessings,
      Shan

  4. September 20, 2016 / 12:13 pm

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

  5. 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!

    • Shan
      Author
      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.

      blessings,
      Shan

  6. October 16, 2018 / 7:54 am

    A must try and I already saved the pin! Looks delicious! =)

    • Shan
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Yay, Kelly! Let me know what you think when you do!

      much love,
      shan

  7. candy
    October 16, 2018 / 7:57 am

    I love to throw green beans into our cast iron skillet, add some olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic or onion and sauté them. So good and so easy.

    • Shan
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 9:51 am

      Yes, Candy! You are on the right track. Country cooking at it’s best!

      much love,
      shan

  8. October 16, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Yum! This green bean recipe reminds me of eating at my grandmother’s house when I was small. Bacon makes everything better;-)

  9. October 16, 2018 / 11:43 am

    You have inspired me!!! My family love green beans, by I am not their biggest fan! I will have to give the recipes a try, and will pull out my cast iron!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 12:32 pm

      Woohoo, Jennifer! Try it a couple times and give it a chance. Let me know if I can help further!!!

      much love,
      shan

  10. October 16, 2018 / 11:47 am

    This post is perfect for me! I love green beans but can never make them taste awesome like my moms. I’m totally giving this a try soon 🙂 Thanks, Shan!

    • Shan
      Author
      October 16, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      Aw, I hope they live up to the expectation of “MOm.” Ekkk, the presure! lol Seriously though, let me know what you think!

      much love,
      shan

  11. October 16, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    I love green beans, but never make them because they lose their crispness. So I will have to try this recipe the next time I want them.

  12. October 16, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    This is how my grandma cooked green beans, right down to the bacon grease (with yummy bacon pieces) and cast iron skillet. I can testify that they are THE BOMB! I could live on them!

  13. October 17, 2018 / 7:15 am

    Love the idea of broiling them with butter and parmesan! Yum! Every time I make green beans for my family they leave them on their plate untouched… I will have to try these suggestions!

  14. October 17, 2018 / 8:50 am

    Love this!! I never thought of doing it in a cast iron!

  15. November 6, 2018 / 9:37 am

    I had Green Beans the other night (and again last night) and hot damn, I am now addicted all of a sudden!!! So dang good! Thanks for the tips! I personally love Roasting them in the oven with salt – they remind me of french fries! 🙂

  16. Kate Loves Travel
    November 6, 2018 / 10:08 am

    What a great way to cook green beans – I’m definitely going to use this recipe next time we have them!

  17. November 6, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Yes! I love green beans! (said not a lot of people ever lol!) But definitely will be trying this out! Thank you for sharing!

    Alyssa // nine-threezero.com

  18. Neely Moldovan
    November 6, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Perfect timing because this is my dish for Thanksgiving and I really want to nail it! Thank you!

  19. Joshua
    November 6, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Yum, bacon butter and garlic on green beans. How am i supposed to resist the 3 delicious temptations!

  20. Krysti
    November 6, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    I love green beans cooked well and this sounds like such a great method. I’ll definitely try it out!

  21. November 6, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    I’ve only used fresh green beans a few times, and could never get them right. I think my temperature was off, because the rest sounds similar to what I was doing!

  22. November 6, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    I love green beans. Actually soaking fresh green beans looks so healthy and delicious <3

  23. Jennifer
    November 6, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    I am not a huge green bean fan but my husband and mom are! I will have to try making them this way next time I make them!

  24. Christa
    November 7, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    I love green beans! I often prepare them with a garlic butter. So yummy. 😀

  25. November 7, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    YES! There’s nothing quite like green beans in bacon grease!!! And the recipe you describe here is exactly how my husband cooks them, only he also adds toasted almonds instead of the onion – so yum!

  26. November 8, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Useful tips Shan! I love green beans and we cook them no matter what the season is. During summer it’s one of our favorite plates, cooked with oil and fresh tomatoes.

    • Shan
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Same here, Helene about eating them all year long. That summer dish with oil and fresh tomatoes sounds heavenly!!! We’ll have to try that next year!

      shan

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