45 best recipes with fresh green beans plus useful information

These recipes with fresh green beans will have you stocking up when they go on sale or planting an extra plant this spring. Choose from a delicious side dish to a whole meal on the dinner table. Find a recipe that is sure to become a new family favorite.

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Fresh Green Beans Recipes

Fresh green beans, also known as snap beans or string beans are a staple vegetable during the summer months.

They are harvested when young, so they have a crisp bite and a subtly sweet flavor.

These nutritious legumes are a popular addition to various cuisines around the world. Whether enjoyed raw, steamed, sautéed, or incorporated into a variety of dishes. You’ll find them in salads, stir-fries, and casseroles. Garden-fresh green beans bring a delightful crunch and vibrant color to any meal.

The easiest thing to do with them is to just cook them on the stove with a bit of butter and salt. But there is so much more you can make with them!

Tender green beans make the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner or pare it with a roast pork loin.

This collection of recipes using fresh green beans will give you plenty of delicious ideas to try. So feel free to stock up!

You can sub a lot of these recipes with canned. Or you can check out this collection of recipes that use canned green beans.

Bean FAQ

Should I soak green beans before cooking?

It is not necessary to soak fresh green beans before cooking. Unlike dried beans, fresh green beans are tender and cook relatively quickly.

However, you should rinse them under cool water to remove any dirt before using them in your recipe.

Can you eat beans raw?

Yes, you can eat fresh green beans raw!

They have a crisp texture and a slightly sweet taste, making them a refreshing and healthy snack. Some people find raw green beans to be slightly tough or fibrous compared to when they are cooked.

Can you freeze fresh green beans?

Yes! Make sure to blanch them first to retain their color, texture, and flavor. Then place them in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container.

How to store green beans.

  • Remove any rubber bands or ties from the green bean bundles that you get from the grocery store.
  • Gently rinse them under cool water and pat them dry.
  • Place the green beans in a perforated plastic bag or wrap them loosely in a damp paper towel.
  • Store them in the refrigerator’s vegetable crisper drawer, which helps maintain humidity.
  • Ideally, use the fresh green beans within 3-4 days for the best flavor and quality.

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If this is your first time visiting the site, you should know that I’m up for the challenge of helping you find a new way to use fresh vegetables. Each of these delicious beets recipes will give you some information, so you can make the best choice for your family.

  • Type of recipe
  • Number of ingredients
  • How many beans you will need
  • The complexity of ingredients (aka, whether or not you might need to hit the grocery store first)
  • How long it takes to prepare (including cook time)
  • Special diet (Keto, Gluten-free, etc)

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What to make with fresh green beans

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Ingredients that work well with beans

These ingredients will pop up in a lot of the recipes below. So if you have them on hand, you will be able to find more ideas to make.

  • lemon juice
  • fresh herbs
  • fresh veggies
  • tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese
  • tomato sauce
  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • balsamic vinegar
  • sesame seeds

Recipes with Fresh Green Beans

Our goal is to help you find dishes that use the ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

Each of these ideas will give you some useful info so that you can pick the fresh green bean recipes that are best for your family.

Check out the blogger that published each dish to use their ingredient list and tips.

Note: pantry ingredients include dry ingredient pantry staples like olive oil, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, black pepper, spices, etc.

Please check the recipe to make sure that you have the ingredients needed to create the dish. If you are making gluten-free recipes, it may include things like almond flour and other common gluten-free pantry items

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