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Here are all the very best fresh green bean recipes to use this bright green veggie, from quick side dishes to creamy casseroles!

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There’s nothing like fresh green beans: the satisfying crunch and brilliant green color brings life to any meal! There are lots of recipes that use soggy, frozen beans, but these fresh green bean recipes are anything but that! Here’s a list of the best ways to use fresh green beans (both standard or haricot verts). Try everything from sauteed to almondine to green bean salad for sides, and there are plenty of main dish ideas too. Ready to get to the recipes?

And now…the best fresh green bean recipes!

Step 4: Cut the beans in bite sized pieces

How to trim green beans…fast!

The biggest hurdle to using fresh green beans in recipes is trimming them! If you’re not careful, you can spend 10 minutes trimming off the ends of a bunch of green beans: wasting lots of prep time in the process. We found a way to trim green beans that’s quick and easy: you should be able to do this in 3 minutes. Here’s how to trim green beans…fast:

  • Line them up: Grab a handful and place them on the cutting board. Working quickly, make a uniform pile with them all lined up lengthwise.
  • Slice off one end: Line up all the ends against your knife edge. Grab them in one hand, and cut off the ends with a knife.
  • Flip and slice the other: Quickly flip the beans the other way, and then push them towards your knife blade so that the other ends line up. Grab the pile and slice off the other ends.

Green beans nutrition

Are green beans healthy? Yes! Turns out, green beans are a great choice when it comes to side dish vegetables. Here are the basic nutrition highlights for this tasty bean (source):

  • Green beans are a low calorie food. 1 cup of raw green beans has just 31 calories.
  • Green beans contain fiber. 1 cup raw beans has 2.7 grams fiber, or about 8% of your daily need.
  • Green beans have lots of Vitamin C and other vitamins. 1 cup raw beans has about 25% of your daily vitamin C.
  • Green beans are a low FODMAP food. This means they’re good for people with chronic digestive issues.
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Green beans recipe

12 Green Bean Recipes: Sauteed, Roasted & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These are the best sauteed green beans: an easy side dish bursting with flavor! Here’s the trick for how to saute them to perfection. 


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 shallot (optional but recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (and zest of 1/2 lemon if desired)
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Trim the green beans. Mince the shallot. 
  2. Place the beans in a large skillet and add ⅓ cup water. Heat over medium-high heat. Once the water starts boiling, cover the skillet and boil the beans for 4 minutes. Then uncover and cook until the water is fully evaporated, about 1 minute or os. 
  3. Once all the water has cooked out, add the olive oil or butter, minced shallot and kosher salt (take care because any additional moisture can cause the beans to momentarily spit). Sauté for 2 minutes more until tender, stirring frequently.
  4. Turn off the heat and remove the beans to a bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and if using, top with grated lemon zest. Taste, then add plenty of fresh ground pepper and a few additional pinches of kosher salt. Eat immediately. Leftovers store 2 to 3 days refrigerated: though the bright green color is lost, they still taste delicious.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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