Garlic Parmesan Green Beans with Bacon

These garlic parmesan green beans are perfectly crispy, cooked in a skillet alongside some delicious bacon and make the best side dish that you can pair with any meal!

This side dish goes perfectly with my Garlic Herb Prime Rib , Spinach Bacon Stuffed Pork,  or even this Honey Glazed Ham!

Garlic Parmesan green beans with bacon and a black skillet with the wooden spoon stirring.

Crispy Green Beans Recipe

Green beans make such a great side to any meal. But when you add garlic, parmesan, and bacon, I could eat this by myself. These green beans were crisp and tender, and the flavor was incredible.

Bacon makes life better in general, so it was a total win in this green bean dish. My family devoured these green beans, and they ended up being the star of the dinner table. Use them as a side, along with some rolls and mashed potatoes and your holiday meal will be a hit!

Ingredients in Parmesan Green Beans

The not-so-secret ingredient in these green beans is the bacon. It takes them to the next level, and even the people in your life who aren’t a fan of green beans will love this recipe! Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for all of the exact ingredient measurements.

  • Green Beans: The main ingredient of the dish! Wash the beans and cut off all of your ends before cooking them.
  • Bacon: There is 1/2 pound of bacon in this recipe so you will get that delicious flavor in every bite.
  • Butter: I used unsalted butter with these beans.
  • Garlic Cloves: If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can use minced garlic. 1/2 teaspoon equals about one clove.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Use freshly grated parmesan in this recipe.
  • Salt and Pepper: These enhance all of the flavors in this casserole!

How to Make Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

This recipes is so easy and will take you less than 20 minutes to make! No baking necessary!

  1. Start by trimming the ends of your green beans and slice them into 2-inch pieces. 
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the green beans. Cook until tender, 5-8 minutes, and drain and put the green beans in an ice bath.
  3. In a medium-sized skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain the fat. 
  4. Add the butter to the skillet and garlic and saute until tender.
  5. Add bacon, green beans, and parmesan cheese to the skillet and cook until heated through. Salt and pepper to taste.
Chopped up bacon being cooked in the black skillet using a white wooden spoon to stir.

Different Ways to Cook Fresh Green Beans

There are many ways to prepare fresh green beans. Some people like to cut the ends off of green beans, and others are just fine without doing so. It’s a matter of personal preference.

  • Boil: I cut off the ends of my green beans and slice into 2-inch pieces. I then put the Green Beans into a large pot and boil until they are tender (which is typically between 5-8 minutes).
  • Saute: Start by trimming the green beans to your preference. With the green beans, add a Splash of Oil to a skillet on medium heat with desired spices and stir for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Steam: With a Steaming basket place it into a large saucepan with water filled level with the bottom of the steamer basket. Bring to a Boil. Add your trimmed green beans to the steamer basket with the lid on, and steam for about 5 minutes or until tender.
An up close photo of the garlic Parmesan green beans with the chopped up cooked bacon and garnished with Parmesan sprinkles.

Do I Have to Cook the Bacon First?

You want to make sure that you start the process of cooking the bacon. Cook the bacon until it is about halfway cooked through, and then add the green beans. The grease doesn’t have to be drained. It will help cook the green beans. I like my bacon more on the crispy side, so I cook the bacon pretty crispy and remove it while I am cooking the green beans. I add the bacon back in when the dish is finished.

How to Store Leftover Parmesan Green Beans

Once your green beans have cooled then you can store them in an airtight container in your fridge. They will last about 3-4 days. When you are ready to eat them you can either reheat them on the stove or in the microwave.

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