68 Ways to Use Fresh Green Beans You Grow in Your Garden

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by Erin Marissa Russell

When you grow a family favorite like green beans in your garden, you’re bound to have plenty of standby recipes to rely on when it comes to cooking up even the biggest harvest—but once your family is sick and tired of your standard preparations, it’s time to scan this list of new options for some fresh ideas. That’s where Gardening Channel comes in. We’ve pored over the most popular and tasty-sounding recipes on the web for green beans to bring you this list of 68 new dishes starring green beans to try.

In addition to the satisfaction of getting your hands dirty and knowing exactly what goes into growing your veggies from start to finish, your family will also get to enjoy the bright flavor of homegrown green beans. Even better, you’ll actually save around $180 for every 10 green bean plants you tend in your garden (as compared to the pricey heirloom varieties in the supermarket).

Because homegrown green beans have so many advantages, savvy gardeners know that setting aside plenty of space for them in garden beds or growing green beans in containers is well worth the investment of time and effort. Read on for 68 inspiring ways to serve this popular legume to your family.   

First, Master the Classic Preparation Techniques

Before getting too fancy with culinary creations made with your garden haul of green beans, you’ll first want to master the basic preparation methods. While often, we’re most accustomed to canned, boiled green beans (which are tasty enough in their own right), the approaches we’ve detailed here give you all the skills you need to create your own dishes featuring green beans, either solo or paired with whatever seasonings and other veggies you have on hand.

Roasted: You really can’t go wrong when it comes to roasting any vegetable. A simple drizzle of olive oil and a few shakes of salt and pepper are all it takes to elevate the humblest of veggies into a caramelized, savory treat. Reading over the options listed here is a surefire way to familiarize yourself with the basic technique and brainstorm some unexpected seasoning blends.

Bon Appetit’s Slow-Roasted Green Beans with Sage

Cafe Delites’ Cheesy Roasted Green Beans

Epicurious’ Roasted Green Beans with Fresh Garlic

Genius Kitchen’s Roasted Green Beans

Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan

Rachel Cooks’ Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan and Basil

Sautéed: When you sauté garden-fresh green beans into a side dish, they come together quickly and retain their crisp texture and bright flavor. These recipes will get you started on the right track.

A Sweet Pea Chef’s Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

AllRecipes’ Sautéed Garden Fresh Green Beans

Cooking Light’s Green Bean and Radish Sauté

My Baking Addiction’s The Most Delicious Green Beans

MyRecipes’ Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon

Taste & Tell’s Sautéed Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

The Neelys’ Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic on Food Network

Veggies Save the Day’s Sautéed Green Beans with Mushrooms

Blanched: Blanching permits the chef to cook green beans to vibrant, crisp perfection before submerging them in ice water to stop the residual heat from letting them get overdone. The result? A dish that tastes as fresh as you know your homegrown green beans are.

CookingLight’s Blanched Green Beans with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce

Cooking with Cocktail Rings’ Blanched and Sautéed Garlic Green Beans

Genius Kitchen’s Green Beans Almondine

SOS Cuisine’s Blanched Green Beans

Grilled: The grill may not be the first cooking strategy you think of when you’re faced with a bushel of fresh green beans, but the charred, smoky result of this prep method may just change all that So when you’ve got the grill fired up for burgers, steaks, or sausages, harvest some green beans straight from the garden for a perfectly matched summertime side.

Dad Cooks Dinner’s Foil Pouch Green Beans

Delish’s Best Grilled Green Beans

Giada de Laurentiis’ Grilled Green Beans with Parmesan on Food Network

Martha Stewart’s Grilled Green Beans and Red Onion

Pinch and Swirl’s Grilled Green Beans with Cumin and Paprika

Tastefully Simple’s Grilled Green Beans & Potato

Steamed: All too often, steamed veggies are relegated, unwanted, to the edge of the plate, pushed around with a fork because they’re too bland to be appetizing. These recipes for steamed green beans fresh from the garden are here to change the lackluster stereotype.

AllRecipes’ Easy Garden Green Beans

Baking Mischief’s How to Steam Green Beans in the Microwave

Food & Wine’s Steamed Green Beans with Parmesan Butter

Martha Stewart’s Steamed Green Beans with Lemon

MyRecipes’ Steamed Green Beans with Lemon-Mint Dressing

She Loves Biscotti’s Garlicky Steamed Green Beans

TheKitchn’s Stovetop Steam-Fried Green Beans and Mushrooms

Spoon Delectable Sauces Over Green Beans Harvested from Your Garden

For some of us in the kitchen, it’s all about the sauce. Green beans do particularly well served with sauces from the classics to less conventional choices. Peruse the options listed here to get the gears turning and start planning your next delicious green bean dish.

AllRecipes’ Fresh Green Beans with Heaven Sauce

Bon Appetit’s Green Beans with Citrus Butter Sauce

EatingWell’s Lemon-Dill Green Beans Recipe

Family Food on the Table’s Green Beans with Mustard Butter Sauce

Genius Kitchen’s Green Beans with Garlic Sauce

Green Valley Kitchen’s Green Beans with Parmesan and Lemon Butter Sauce

MyRecipes’ Green Beans with Hollandaise Sauce

Taste of Home’s Green Beans in Lemon Chiffon Sauce

Pickled Plum’s Dry-Fried Green Beans with Garlic Sauce

Celebrate Green Beans Straight from the Garden in Crisp, Fresh Salads

We’re so used to eating green beans as part of a casserole or simple cooked side that it’s easy to forget just how well these legumes do when they star in a refreshing salad. From the composed, formal Salade Niçoise to more freeform concoctions, don’t overlook salads—as sides or the main course—when you want to serve green beans.

Bon Appetit’s Cranberry-Hazelnut Green Bean Salad

Cookie + Kate’s Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds and Feta

Food & Wine’s Salade Niçoise

Foxes Love Lemons’ Bacon-Feta Potato & Green Bean Salad

Gather for Bread’s Cold Green Bean Salad

SimplyRecipes’ Green Bean Salad with Basil, Balsamic, and Parmesan

Taste of Home’s Balsamic Green Bean Salad

Taste of Home’s Green Bean Pasta Salad

The Mediterranean Dish’s Greek Green Bean Salad

The Spruce Eats’ Marinated Green Bean Salad

Feature Green Beans in Family-Friendly Casseroles and More Comfort Foods

Nothing says “home” like a bubbling, savory dish of green bean casserole straight from the oven. If you’ve never made yours from scratch, The Pioneer Woman’s version is a must-try—or turn to Southern-Style Green Beans for slow-simmered beans flecked with salty bits of bacon. If you want more than just a bit of bacon, indulge in Green Bean Bacon Bundles. Whichever of the recipes below you choose, don’t count on leftovers.

Genius Kitchen’s Garlic & Lemon Chicken with Green Beans & Red Potatoes

Good Housekeeping’s Stovetop Green Bean Casserole

How Sweet Eats’ Green Bean Bacon Bundles

Soulfully Made’s Southern-Style Green Beans

Tasteaholic’s Green Bean Fries

The Noshery’s Creamy Green Beans

The Pioneer Woman’s Green Bean Casserole

The Spruce Eats’ Cheesy Green Beans

Call on Cultures the World Over for Unexpected Flavors to Pair with Your Garden’s Green Beans

Sure, America has green beans down to a fine art, but plenty of other cuisines have their own ways of making these versatile legumes their own. When your favorite green bean dishes get boring, you can count on these preparations for a breath of fresh air.

AllRecipes’ Greek Green Beans

Bon Appetit’s Slow-Cooked Green Beans with Harissa and Cumin

Fine Cooking’s Chinese Restaurant-Style Sautéed Green Beans

Fine Cooking’s Italian Green Beans with Tomatoes and Balsamic

From a Chef’s Kitchen’s Thai Sweet Chili Green Beans

Simply Recipes’ French Green Beans with Butter and Herbs

Tasting Table’s Israeli Green Beans with Ras El Hanout

TheKitchn’s Summer Green Beans in Aromatic Spiced Tomatoes

The Spruce Eats’ Alubias Verdes con Ajo: Spanish Green Beans

Woman’s Day’s Sesame Ginger Green Beans

While you’re enjoying the fruits of your labor (er, make that the veggies of your labor), don’t forget to congratulate yourself on just how healthwise it is to eat green beans. Good food, good fun, and good for you—what more could a gardener ask for?

Want to learn more about cooking with green beans?

Delish covers Cooking Green Beans

Southern Living covers Green Bean Recipes

Taste of Home covers Ways to Love Green Beans

The Kitchn covers 10 Ways to Turn a Bag of Fresh Green Beans Into Dinner

Woman’s Day covers Green Bean Recipes

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68 Ways to Use Fresh Green Beans You Grow in Your Garden