SKILLET GREEN BEANS WITH BACON — Green beans are sautéed until crisp-tender, then combined with crispy bacon in this classic vegetable side dish.
Fresh green beans are one of the few vegetables that everyone in my family will eat. Even more so when I add bacon, and these quick Skillet Green Beans with Bacon are one of our favorites!
I love how the beans get a little bit crispy and blackened in the skillet, but stay tender and juicy on the inside.
I made this tonight and my family really liked it. I added a package of fresh mushrooms and the recipe turned out great! ~ Amanda
I like to leave my green beans whole and just trim the ends, but if you prefer smaller pieces, you could certainly cut them in half.
These beans are easy enough to serve as a weeknight side dish, but nice enough for your holiday menu.
Even my picky eater–the ones who “hate” vegetables, will eat these green beans!
I’m pretty sure it’s the bacon, but when I come across a way to serve veggies that my kids actually enjoy, it’s going to make a regular appearance at my dinner table!
Can’t go wrong with adding bacon! Love this recipe!!! ~ Alice
And if I’m being honest, it’s definitely the bacon for me. Green beans and bacon are a classic combination, and this is definitely one of my favorite side dishes.
If you only have one recipe for preparing green beans in your collection, it should be these Skillet Green Beans with Bacon. They’re always a hit!
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Tips for Choosing and Storing Green Beans
Appearance: Look for brightly colored beans that snap easily when bent. The skin should be smooth and tight. Avoid beans that have visible seeds and blemishes.
Size: When it comes to green beans, bigger isn’t necessarily better.” When beans too large or excessively thick, they can get get tough or stringy. You’ll also lose that sharp, fresh green bean flavor.
Storing: Keep unwashed green beans in a reusable container or plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Skillet Green Beans with Bacon
- Produce: onion, garlic, fresh green beans
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the bacon until it is cooked, but not crispy. Add the onion and garlic and continue cooking until the bacon is crispy. Transfer the bacon mixture to plate and set aside.
- Add the green beans to the skillet, along with a tablespoon or so of the remaining bacon grease. Saute the beans until tender, about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Return the bacon mixture to the pan and toss to mix evenly with the beans. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 691mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g
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