Pan-Seared Green Beans and Bacon is a simple, fresh veggie side dish you’ll enjoy! Green beans are seasoned with garlic, onion, and BACON!
Bacon seems to make everything better, right? In this simple, delicious recipe, fresh green beans are enhanced by the addition of crisp bacon pieces. YUM.
Everything is cooked in one skillet for convenience and easy cleanup, so this is a “win-win” recipe. Fresh green beans are pan-seared until they blister and brown slightly, before adding 2-3 more ingredients.
All in all, this recipe is easy to make, and I’m confident you will enjoy it, paired with a favorite meat main dish. Here’s how to make this veggie side dish.
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Prepare The Green Beans For Cooking
I enjoy making this recipe using fresh green beans from our garden in the summer. When my garden is not in season, I buy them fresh at our grocery store, year-round.
Trim or snap off the stem ends of each of the green beans (and discard). Set the green beans aside while you cook the bacon.
Cook The Bacon, Onion And Garlic
Cut 3 slices of bacon into small pieces. I stack the slices on top of each other, then use kitchen shears to cut the bacon into small pieces. Cooking the bacon into small pieces is a timesaver, because it will cook faster.
Cook the bacon in a non-stick pan on medium heat until it is mostly cooked through. DO NOT let it get crispy at this point.
Add chopped onions to the bacon, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often until the onions become tender. Stir in minced garlic, and cook 1 more minute, stirring often so the garlic doesn’t burn.
At this point, the bacon will be fairly crispy, and the onions should be fully cooked. Transfer this mixture out of the skillet onto a plate, and cover. Do NOT wipe out the skillet.
Pan-Sear The Green Beans
Add the green beans to the skillet without wiping out the bacon drippings left in the skillet. They will cook in any leftover bacon drippings, which adds flavor.
Pan-sear the green beans on Medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes. The beans will slowly blister and brown on the outside while they cook.
Time To Add the BACON!
Add the bacon, onion and garlic mixture back into the skillet, and stir to combine. Taste a green bean, then season the beans to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.
Cook, stirring often, until the beans and bacon are heated through (about a minute). The pan-seared green beans and bacon are ready to serve, once they’re fully heated through.
Serve The Pan-Seared Green Beans And Bacon
Transfer the pan-seared green beans and bacon from the skillet to a serving bowl, and serve immediately, while hot.
The recipe will yield enough green beans for three servings (four, if smaller portions are desired). Serve with a favorite main dish, and enjoy!
I hope you have the chance to make pan-seared green beans and bacon. We really enjoy them, and trust you will, too. You can easily double or triple this recipe to suit your needs.
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Pan-Seared Green Beans and Bacon is a simple, fresh veggie side dish you'll enjoy! Green beans are seasoned with garlic, onion, and BACON!
- ½ pound fresh green beans ends trimmed
- ½ medium yellow onion peeled/diced
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 slices bacon chopped
- salt and black pepper, to taste
Trim or snap off stem ends of the green beans (and discard). Set beans aside.
Cut bacon into small pieces, so it cooks faster. Cook bacon in a non-stick pan on medium heat until mostly cooked through. DO NOT let it get crispy. Add chopped onions; cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring often so garlic doesn't burn. Transfer bacon mixture out of the skillet onto a plate. Do NOT wipe or clean out the skillet.
Add the green beans to the skillet. They'll cook in the bacon drippings, which adds flavor. Pan-sear beans on Medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes. Beans will slowly blister and brown on the outside as they cook.
Add bacon mixture back into skillet; stir to combine. Taste a green bean; season lightly with salt/pepper, if desired. Cook, stirring often, until beans/bacon are heated through (about a minute). Transfer to serving dish; serve immediately.
NOTE: Nutritional calculation does not include amounts for salt and pepper, as some may season the green beans lightly or not at all, and some may desire more seasoning, to taste.
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