Green beans have never been my favorite thing in the world, but I’m convinced that cooking things in bacon drippings will make just about anything at least somewhat tasty.
Luckily, bacon-fried green beans are just a little more than tasty.
Ok, a lot more. They’re completely delicious.
After cooking green beans this way I learned that I actually like green beans. Well, fresh green beans. Not the canned ones. (ew.)
This is actually a super old recipe that I rewrote and rephotographed. I figured that some of you might actually want measurements instead of “handfuls” and “a little of this”.
About Fried Green Beans
You’ve probably noticed fried green beans or fried string beans in the grocery store — packaged as a crunchy snack.
This recipe isn’t about deep frying green beans to the point of making them unrecognizable. (Although commercially fried green beans are pretty tasty. I admit.)
I’m talking about pan-fried green beans here.
Why is bacon involved?
First of all, why NOT.
Second, bacon provides the oil to cook the beans. And all the delicious flavor that goes with it. It’s the perfect combination, really.
Actually, make extra bacon when you make ANY recipes that call for bacon because you kids will wander in and swipe some off the counter where it’s cooling off.
And then you’ll shoo them out. And then they’ll come back with their sneaky fingers.
Kids, man. Just cook the entire package, mmmkay?
Do you need to blanch the green beans first?
For this recipe, no. It’s not needed.
They cook quickly enough that you don’t need to.
Plus any time I can avoid bring a pot of water to boil on the stove (and washing it afterward) is a plus for me.
Do these green beans reheat well?
Sure! I’d recommend throwing them back into a skillet.
They should still have enough cooking fat on them that you don’t need to add anymore. Just heat them gently until they’re barely reheated. If you cook them too long the green beans won’t be so green anymore.
And they’ll be mushy.
While we’re on the topic of green beans, you should really try this recipe, too…
The Most Magical Sauteed Green Beans — This recipe only has a few ingredients, too, and my kids love these, too! (They’re particular about green beans.)
I mean, it’s hard to imagine green beans more magical than ones that have bacon. It might be a toss up. They’re that good.
By the way, my Bacon Fried Green Beans would be a great Thanksgiving side dish because once you get the bacon cooked (which you can do ahead of time), it takes just a few minutes to fry up the green beans!
- 6-7 slices thick-cut, nitrate-free bacon
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and halved
- Slice the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat until the bacon reaches your desired crispness. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Drain all but 2-3 Tablespoons of the bacon drippings. Bring the remaining drippings up to medium heat again and add the green beans. Toss the green beans around occasionally as they cook, 12-15 minutes or until they're crisp tender and have golden brown spots.
- Stir the bacon back into the green beans and transfer to a serving bowl and serve.