Step aside green bean casserole, Green beans with Bacon are an easy, last-minute side dish for holidays with the best blend of garlic, parmesan and bacon that will have green bean haters begging for the recipe!

Made in less than 10 minutes with just a handful of ingredients.

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This post was originally published on November, 2014, and was updated with fresh content and details September 8, 2021.

I had no idea when I originally shared this easy Green Beans with Bacon recipe years ago, just how much y’all would love it! I’m not sure why I’m surprised, even I, a previous veggie hater eat them like candy.

This is one of our favorite side dishes and from Pinterest and Facebook shares, it must be yours, too! If you haven’t tried them yet, there’s not time like the present. You’ve got to try these Grilled Green Beans, too – so good! You can even learn how to French Cut Green Beans here!

They’re quick, easy and oh so good! You can whip them up while waiting to carve the turkey or warm the rolls in the oven.

To Make These Green Beans With Bacon, You Will Need:.

These Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon are so incredibly easy to make and require just a few ingredients.

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your choice.
  • Garlic – I purchase minced garlic in the produce section of the grocery store. It’s a great shortcut that won’t cheat you on flavor.
  • Shallot – Shallots add so much flavor to this simple dish.
  • Bacon – Use fresh bacon or purchase bacon pieces in the salad section of your grocer. You won’t know the difference! The butter helps bring out the juices in the bacon.
  • Green Beans – Canned, French Cut to allow all the flavors to seep in while being sautéed. Yes, you can make this with fresh green beans, which I usually prefer, but I’ve tried both fresh and canned (this is one of our favorite and most frequently made side dishes) and I highly recommend using canned French Cut green beans. It’s an easy canned green bean recipe you’ll make again and again!
  • Parmesan – This is one of the few times I use grated parmesan, rather than fresh. This recipe is all about being quick and easy!

The shallot and garlic flavor the beans and allows all of the flavors to seep in for a memorable last minute side dish.

How to Make Green Beans With Bacon

It takes less than 10 minutes to make this tasty side dish.

  • On medium low heat, combine butter, garlic, shallot and bacon to pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add green beans, increase heat to medium, stirring frequently until hot.
  • Garnish with parmesan and serve.

I love that it takes no time at all to make, so you can cook it up right before serving.

What to Serve Green Beans with Bacon With

These sautéed green beans with bacon pair well with chicken, turkey and steak! Try then with:

Easy green beans with bacon topped with parmesan in a skillet
  • Tips
  • Don’t put the heat on high, the beans just need to be warmed through, not charred.
  • If using fresh beans, be sure to trim the ends and clean them.
  • Serve the beans immediately. This dish is best served hot.
sauteed green beans ready to serve

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Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon

Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon are an easy, last-minute side dish for holidays with the best blend of garlic, parmesan and bacon that will have green bean haters begging for the recipe!
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 3 tablespoons butter salted or unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ shallot minced
  • 2 ounces bacon 1/2 pkg real bacon pieces
  • 29 ounce green beans 2 cans french cut, strained
  • ½ cup parmesan grated

Instructions 

  • On medium low heat, add butter, garlic, shallot and bacon to pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add green beans, increase heat to medium, stirring frequently until hot.
  • Garnish with parmesan and serve.

Tips

  • Don’t put the heat on high, the beans just need to be warmed through, not charred.
  • If using fresh beans, be sure to trim the ends and clean them.
  • Serve the beans immediately.
  • You can make this with fresh green beans, which I usually prefer, but I’ve tried both fresh and canned and I highly recommend using canned French Cut green beans. 

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Serving: 1g | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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94 Comments

  1. Hi Julie, could you please tell me how many people this recipe serves? I would like to make this for first night of Hanukkah. And can it be made ahead?

    1. It is so incredibly quick and easy, I’d make it last minute. It all depends how many sides you make, but comfortably 6.

  2. I made these Firehouse Green Bean with Bacon yesterday for Thanksgiving (along with the Sweet Potatoes). They were very good. Couldn’t stop eating them. Thanks!

  3. My sons are not big vegetable eaters, but they love green beans. I try almost any that I come across for variety.