Roasted Green Beans are one of the easiest side dishes you can make for busy weeknights and fancy enough for your holiday table on Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas. Made with just a few simple ingredients including fresh green beans, olive oil, salt and pepper. A delicious and easy side dish that is also vegan, low carb, keto, gluten free, Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly.
Updated November 2019
Roasted Green Beans
Roasted Green Beans are one of my favorite easy side dishes to make.
When I was younger, I was not the biggest fan of any green bean recipes. Maybe it was because anytime we had green beans as a side dish for dinner, I would have to help my mom trim off the ends. It always seemed like such a tedious and never-ending task for an antsy twelve-year old.
Fast-forward to today, we make them pretty regularly since my kids love them. Especially during the summer when you can get fresh green beans from the garden. And when you roast green beans…oh my goodness….seriously the best way!
When done right, oven roasted green beans come out tender yet crisp and don’t need much except for a little bit of olive oil, some sea salt and lemon pepper. The best part is you can dress them up any way you like.
How To Prepare and Trim Green Beans
You can find fresh green beans all year round at your local grocery store. When choosing green beans, make sure to look for ones that have a nice bright color and are mostly free of blemishes. Before eating green beans, you’ll need to trim off the ends and then give them a good wash.
To trim the green beans, you simply snip off the tops and tails off of each bean with either a sharp knife or scissors. For many of us, trimming green beans one by one can seem tedious and like a never ending task.
A quicker way to trim green beans is:
- GRAB a sharp knife and a cutting board. Grab a handful of beans and line them up with your knife or your hand..
- PRESS your knife down at the tips and cut them all of at once.
- FLIP the beans to the other slide, line up the beans and trim off the tips.
- REPEAT with remaining beans.
- WASH the green beans by placing them in a large bowl in cold water with some sea salt. Let them sit for at least 15-20 minutes then rinse with cold water and dry them.
Ingredients you need:
- Fresh green beans
- avocado oil or olive oil
- fine sea salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- toasted almonds
- toasted pecans
- lemon wedges
How to make Roasted Green Beans:
- PREHEAT the oven to 400F degrees.
- GREASE or line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easier clean up.
- PLACE the prepped green beans on the pan and drizzle with olive oil or avocado oil. Season with fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste. Squeeze in lemon or other seasonings of choice. Toss well to coat and arrange the beans in a single layer.
- BAKE for 16-20 minutes or until green beans are tender and lightly browned. If you like crispy roasted green beans, BROIL for 1 minute or more, watching closely so the beans do not burn.
- Sprinkle with additional black pepper, fresh chopped parsley or toasted almonds and pecans, if desired.
Roasted Green Bean Variations:
This easy roasted green beans recipe makes a healthy side dish that is also naturally low carb, Whole30 compliant, keto and paleo-friendly. They make a healthier option for Thanksgiving than the traditional creamy green bean casserole with mushrooms.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it according to what you have or like.
- Add some garlic & balsamic vinegar for that extra tang.
- You can also sprinkle some nutritional yeast OR grated Parmesan cheese if not dairy free.
- To make green beans with almonds, toast some sliced or slivered almonds and sprinkle in at the end
- For extra crispy green beans, turn the oven to broil for another minute or two (careful to watch before they burn)
- If you like roasted green beans with bacon, add some cooked and crumble bacon at the end.
- Add some crushed red pepper for a little kick
- Or you can dress it up with some pecans and dried cranberries for a festive touch.
However you decide to serve them, baked green beans are a simple and delicious side dish for any occasion.
And you can double the batch if you plan on making this side dish to add to your holiday table. Be sure to use two baking sheets so the green beans are roasted to perfection. Serve them immediately out of the oven for best results.
Can Roasted Green Beans Be Frozen?
Yes! Store roasted green beans in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. You can also store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up 4 days.
Are Green Beans Keto?
Yes! Not only are green beans a healthy vegetable, they are also, paleo, Whole30, gluten free and can fit into a low carb keto lifestyle. The nutritional info for one serving of sauteed greens is:
- 98 calories
- 3g Net Carbs : 7g Total carbs – 4g Fiber
- 2g Protein
- 7g Fat
More simple side dishes:
Roasted Green Beans are one of the easiest side dishes you can make for busy weeknights and fancy enough for your holiday table on Thanksgiving, Easter or Christmas. Made with just a few simple ingredients including fresh green beans, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- 1 lb fresh green beans trimmed (make sure they are dry)
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil OR olive oil
- 1/3 teaspoon fine sea salt or more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper or more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder , optional
- 1/8 tsp onion powder , optional
- 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
Place green beans on the baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and toss to evenly coat.
Spread green beans out evenly on the pan and bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. Shake and turn the pan halfway through. For crispier beans, broil for 1 minute, watching closely so they do not burn.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with toasted nuts, if desired.