Baked Green Beans with Bacon are the perfect side dish with any meal—an easy green bean recipe with brown sugar, garlic, bacon, and tender green beans.
Green beans—whole, frozen, or fresh
Pantry ingredients—butter, brown sugar, garlic powder
Featured Comment from Anne:
"5 stars—This was delicious and so easy to prepare."
It is our best green bean recipe with bacon and a sweet and savory sauce of brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic that uses frozen or fresh green beans.
We all need reliable side dishes, and this one has never failed us. It's perfect for almost any meal, even holiday or company meals.
It is an easy recipe with step-by-step photo instructions and is simple to adjust to your needs.
👨🍳How to Make Baked Green Beans with Bacon
Preheat oven to 375° convection or 400° conventional.
Cut 3-4 pieces of bacon into pieces and fry. Stop just before it is crispy and drain on a paper towel.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a microwave. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon garlic powder.
Add 1 pound of fresh or frozen green beans to an 8 by 8 or a 6 by 9 baking dish. Spread the bacon over the beans. Drizzle the liquid over the dish. Note: fresh green beans should be blanched first.
Bake until beans are tender and any thinner beans are browning. It takes about 20-25 minutes for fresh beans or 35-40 minutes for frozen whole beans.
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Green Beans Tips
- Using frozen whole beans has produced consistent results. They are already blanched but not cooked. Do not use cut or French-cut frozen green beans.
- Picking the Best Fresh Green Beans
- Pick fresh green beans with vibrant green color and smooth skin without seed swells.
- Avoid large, thick, or skinny beans.
- They should have good firmness, no bad spots, and not be wrinkled.
- Fresh off the vine or from the farmer's market is the best is the best is the best. Use the store produce department if you must.
- If using fresh green beans, I suggest blanching them in boiling salt water for 2 minutes, then putting them in an ice water bath to cool. And watch closely for browning.
FAQs—Storage and reheating leftovers
Let leftovers cool completely, and store in the refrigerator sealed airtight for 3 days.
To freeze, spread out cold leftovers on parchment paper in a single layer and freeze. Store in an airtight container, freezer zip-lock suggested, with minimal air for 3 months. Thaw overnight before reheating.
To reheat, spread over a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake in a 400° oven until hot—10-15 minutes. You can also reheat it in an air fryer or a skillet on the stovetop. Avoid the microwave.
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Baked Green Beans with Bacon
- 1 pound whole green beans - frozen or fresh
- 3-4 strips bacon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce - low sodium preferred
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375° convection or 400° conventional.
- Cut 3-4 pieces of bacon into pieces and fry. Stop just before crispy and drain on a paper towel.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of salted butter in a microwave. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon garlic powder.
- Add 1 pound of fresh or frozen green beans to an 8 by 8 or a 6 by 9 baking dish. Spread the bacon over the beans. Drizzle the liquid over the dish. Note: fresh green beans should be blanched first.
- Bake until beans are tender and any thinner beans are browning. About 20-25 minutes for fresh beans or 35-40 minutes for frozen whole beans.
Your Own Private Notes
- Doubles easily in a 9 by 13 dish. Cooking time will be about the same.
- This works fine with frozen whole green beans. Do not use cut or French green beans. I keep frozen beans in the freezer for this recipe.
- Fresh green beans also work well for this but pick firm beans with good color, smooth skin, and no seed swells. Also, mostly the same size works best. Blanching first is highly recommended.
- Tips on buying the best green beans are in the post.
- If using fresh green beans, blanch in boiling salt water for 2 minutes, then an ice water bath to cool.
- Easy to prep ahead for dinner. Cook the bacon, make the sauce and then assemble and bake.
- We use this for company meals and usually make it with frozen whole beans. It is reliably done for use at 35-40 minutes in the oven. Great for planning.
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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Editor's Note: Originally Published February 22, 2017. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.