Are you looking for a side dish that's both delicious and easy to make? Look no further! Our Green Beans with Bacon recipe is a crowd-pleaser that's perfect for any meal. The combination of fresh green beans, crispy bacon, and savory shallots creates a mouthwatering dish that complements a wide range of main courses. Let's get cooking!

Green Beans With Bacon


Before we dive into the cooking instructions, let's gather all the ingredients you'll need for this delightful recipe:

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Preparing the Green Beans

  1. Trim the Green Beans: Start by washing the green beans under cold water. Trim the ends of each bean.
  2. Blanch the Green Beans: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch them for about 3-4 minutes until they are bright green and tender-crisp.
  3. Ice Bath: Immediately transfer the blanched green beans to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. This helps maintain their vibrant color and crisp texture. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Cooking the Bacon and Shallots

  1. Cook the Bacon: In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until it becomes crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Sauté the Shallots and Garlic: Add the finely sliced shallots to the skillet with the bacon fat. Sauté for about 2 minutes until they start to soften. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Step 3: Combining Everything

  1. Add the Green Beans: Add the blanched green beans to the skillet with the shallots and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and toss everything together.
  2. Season and Cook: Season the mixture with salt, pepper, and optional red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are heated through and well coated with the bacon and shallot mixture.
  3. Add the Bacon: Finally, return the crispy bacon to the skillet and toss to combine.

Tips for the Perfect Green Beans with Bacon

  • Don’t Overcook the Green Beans: Green beans should be tender but still have a slight crunch. Overcooking them can make them mushy and less appealing.
  • Balance of Flavors: Adjust the seasoning gradually to achieve the perfect balance. The bacon adds saltiness, so be mindful of how much additional salt you add.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

  • Serving Suggestions: This dish pairs wonderfully with roasted chicken, grilled steak, or baked salmon. It’s also a fantastic addition to holiday dinners and family gatherings.
  • Variations:
  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute the bacon with sautéed mushrooms and a splash of soy sauce for a savory umami flavor.
  • Spicy Kick: Add a small amount of crushed red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce for some heat.
  • Nutty Twist: Sprinkle toasted almonds or pine nuts over the finished dish for added texture and flavor.


We hope you enjoy making and savoring this Green Beans with Bacon recipe as much as we do. It's a simple yet delicious side dish that’s sure to impress. We’d love to hear about your experience with this recipe and any personal touches you added. Share your photos and thoughts in the comments below or tag us on social media!

Happy cooking!

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