Tender-crisp roasted green beans with parmesan are a fresh and healthy side dish that you can make for potlucks, family meals, holiday dinners, and more.
Perfectly Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Green beans are a lot like potatoes, IMO. Humble, versatile, and perfect as a side with literally anything. Christmas dinner? Green beans and roast turkey. Easter? Green beans and glazed ham. Any given weeknight? Green beans and creamy skillet pork chops or even garlic spaghetti. Roasting green beans in the oven is one of my favorite methods. So, today, I’m taking us back to the basics with my easy, delicious method for perfectly Roasted Green Beans. All you need is olive oil, garlic, and a few simple herbs. That’s it!
Why You’ll Love Oven-Roasted Green Beans
- Healthy. Green beans are an excellent healthy side dish that you can crack out any time of the year. They’re a nutritious, tasty addition to holiday meals and weeknight dinners.
- Crispy and caramelized. Roasting green beans is easy, and a quick stint in the oven is all it takes for the flavors to go from “meh” to YUM. This recipe produces caramelized roasted beans that are snappy, toasty, and flavorful.
- Versatile. There are countless ways that you can add flavor to roasted green beans. I love mine sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan, but you can really choose your own adventure. Lemon, seasoning blends, dressings, it’s totally up to you.
Are Green Beans Good for You?
Green beans, a.k.a. snap beans or string beans, are inexpensive and often one of the healthiest dishes on the table! Of course, it all comes down to how you prepare them. On their own, fresh green beans are high in vitamins A and C, fiber, and minerals, with no cholesterol, which helps support a healthy heart and immune system (Healthline).
What You’ll Need
You’ll need about 1 pound of fresh, trimmed green beans. For this recipe, I season my green beans with a simple blend of herbs, along with a nice quality olive oil. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Italian Seasoning – Choose your favorite Italian seasoning blend from your local spice aisle. You can also use a combination of dried herbs, such as oregano, basil, and thyme.
- Salt and Pepper
- Garlic Powder – I like to use powdered garlic as it distributes more evenly over the beans. Feel free to use freshly minced garlic if you prefer.
- Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated is best in terms of flavor, but pre-grated parmesan also works for this recipe. Keep scrolling for more topping ideas!
How to Roast Green Beans
Below, I outline my lazy chef method for perfectly cooked green beans. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card below the post for exact measurements.
- Prep the beans. First, pick through your green beans and trim off any stems (the end of the bean that was attached to the stalk).
- Drizzle with oil. Add the green beans to a baking sheet. I like to line my baking pan with foil for even easier cleanup. After, drizzle the beans with a few generous glugs of olive oil.
- Season. Whisk together salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried herbs. Sprinkle this over the beans and then toss to coat.
- Roast. Place the green beans into the oven and roast at 400ºF for 18-20 minutes, stirring about halfway through. Serve topped with fresh parmesan.
Tips for Success
Roasted green beans are one of the simplest sides you’ll make! Here are my final tips:
- Make sure to wash your green beans well. Fresh green beans often need a good rinse and light scrub under cold water before trimming. Make sure that you lay them out on paper towels and dry them completely before you dress them.
- Roasted green beans should be al dente. This means your cooked green beans will still have some “bite”. If your green beans turn out tough and leathery, it could be because they were picked too late, or that they’re undercooked. On the other hand, overcooked green beans will be mushy.
Sometimes I’ll blanch green beans (par-boil the beans quickly in water first) as it helps them caramelize in the oven without burning. However, I’ve found it’s not usually necessary with this recipe.
Make sure that you’re using fresh green beans, and that you dry them well after washing them. Excess moisture can cause the beans to steam, and they won’t roast up as crispy.
Green Bean Toppings and Variations
Once you’ve mastered how to cook green beans like a pro, there are loads of easy ways to make this side dish your own. Below are some ideas:
- Lemon – Add a squeeze of fresh lemon along with lemon zest.
- Fresh Herbs – Top your roasted green beans with a handful of chopped parsley, mint, basil, or chives.
- Spicy – Sprinkle on some crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne.
- Balsamic – Toss with maple balsamic vinaigrette or drizzle over a balsamic reduction.
- Bacon – Toss over some cooked, crumbled bacon. And if you love the combination of bacon and green beans, try my recipe for bacon wrapped green beans.
- Nuts – Sprinkle your string beans with shaved toasted almonds, crushed pecans, or walnuts.
Green beans are a staple, and we love them as a side dish at family meals, holiday dinners, and potlucks. They’re the best healthy side dish to so many entrees! Here are some of my favorites:
- Chicken. These are an easy side to juicy stovetop chicken thighs, baked chicken, and saucy numbers like creamy chicken piccata with green beans.
- Steak. I love a pile of simple roasted green beans next to my New York strip steak.
- Holiday Roasts. Green beans always make an appearance at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Serve them next to a bacon spatchcock turkey with traditional stuffing and turkey gravy.
- Pasta. Add a pop of green next to easy weeknight dinners like chicken broccoli pasta or Mediterranean baked feta pasta.
- Mashed Potatoes. A platter of green beans’ best friend has to be mashed potatoes. For a low-carb alternative, try mashed cauliflower.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
- Fridge. Store these cooked and cooled green beans airtight in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat leftover roasted green beans in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop until warmed through.
- Freezer. You can freeze leftover cooked green beans in an airtight container or freezer bag. Make sure they’re cooled completely. Store them frozen for up to 3 months, and defrost them in the fridge before reheating.
More Roasted Vegetables to Try
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Roasted Acorn Squash
- Oven Roasted Asparagus
- Roasted Radishes
- Maple Roasted Carrots
- Lemon Garlic Oven-Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
- fresh gated parmesan cheese, optional
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Line jelly roll pan with parchment paper or foil.
- Arrange green beans on prepared pan and drizzle with olive oil.
- Season with Italian Seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and pepper; toss to coat evenly.
- Spread green beans in one single layer.
- Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until tender, stirring halfway through for even cooking.
- Remove from heat.
- Top with grated parmesan cheese.
- Serve immediately.
NET CARBS: 6 grams
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.