Quick and Easy Roasted Green Beans are an easy side dish your kids will love. They’re crisp-tender and a great alternative to steamed!
Green Beans are a super popular vegetable to enjoy during the holidays, like this Green Bean Casserole. Broccoli is normally the king of the green vegetables in our house but these green beans are a hit!
Roasted Green Beans
Green Beans get a bad reputation thanks to the canned green beans we all grew up hating. These Roasted Green Beans are browned and crispy while still being tender, a fun departure from the normal steamed or sautéed green beans you normally see on your holiday table.
Why Roast Green Beans?
Roasting green beans lets you bring a fun texture to green beans. It’s also a nice change from the classic roasted vegetables we’re all used to. It’s a healthy and easy vegetable side dish your guests will love that has the feel of french fries but Low-carb and less calories.
These green beans are seasoned simply but you can certainly add in different spices and flavors:
- Minced Garlic and Rosemary: 3 cloves of garlic and 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary minced well.
- Parmesan and Garlic: 3 cloves garlic minced well and finished with shaved parmesan after cooking.
- Lemon juice and Parmesan Cheese: 1/2 lemon squeezed over cooked green beans and finished with shaved parmesan.
- Balsamic Glaze: Drizzle over balsamic glaze over cooked green beans.
There are also a lot of easy swaps for these ingredients. You can use garlic powder in place of fresh garlic, you can use balsamic vinegar tossed with the oil before roasting instead of the balsamic glaze. You can also use frozen green beans.
When it comes to adding fat to the green beans you can use canola oil as I do for an option that doesn’t taste of the oil. But if you want the flavors of olive oil you can certainly roast these green beans with olive oil too.
Can you roast frozen green beans?
Yes you can but they first need to be rinsed under cold water and dried well. If roasted from frozen all the extra water will prevent the green beans from roasting well and browning.
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How do you make crunchy green beans?
- First make sure your green beans are dry.
- Second make sure you have enough oil to coat the green beans.
- Make sure you’re keeping the beans on a single layer in your cookie sheet/baking sheet so they have more of an opportunity to brown.
- Roast at a high temperature like 425 degrees.
Can you use different vegetables?
Yes, an easy swap for green beans would be asparagus which would roast just as easily. You can also roast brussels sprouts but they will take longer to cook.
Can you prep these green beans for last minute cooking?
Yes, add the green beans, olive oil or canola oil, salt and pepper to a large ziploc bag and shake to coat. Roast them on a tray for 20 minutes before serving.
If you want to roast the green beans ahead of time roast them for 4-5 minutes less than directed and just add to the oven or microwave to heat through before serving. These beans won’t be as crispy as freshly roasted but they’ll still be delicious.
Roasted Green Beans
- 2 pounds fresh green beans edges trimmed
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Toss the green beans with the oil, salt and pepper and put them onto a baking sheet, baking them for 18-20 minutes or until slightly wrinkled looking.