What to Serve with Green Beans – 15 best main dish recipes that go perfectly with fresh green beans plus my 6 minute foolproof method of cooking green beans!

find out what to serve with green beans

Green beans may just be the most versatile veggie around.

Sautéed green beans, frozen French green beans, string beans, classic green bean casserole – it’s the perfect side dish to almost anything.

Now check out the best main dish recipes that go perfectly with them!

Green beans happen to be one of the best side dishes around IMHO, are available year-round in grocery stores and farm stands in the summer months.

The green beans recipe is my favorite way make perfectly cooked green beans every time.


green beans in a skillet showing what to serve with green beans

This is an easy green bean recipe and a great way to cook fresh beans to perfect tender-crisp every time.

It’s a basic recipe that’s more about the cooking process for an easy side dish that goes with almost anything!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 pound fresh green beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

The first thing to do is rinse the green beans then trim the ends (snapping them off is a good job for the kids).

Place the beans in a large skillet then add 1/4 cup of water (the water won’t cover the beans).

Cover the skillet and bring the beans to a boil over medium-high heat.

Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium/medium-low and simmer 3 minutes stirring occasionally.

After 3 minutes remove the lid, add butter, season with salt (black pepper is optional) then cook over medium heat 1-2 minutes stirring occasionally or until the water evaporates and beans are tender-crisp. 

Taste and adjust for salt then serve this tasty side dish right away.


white casserole dish with small batch of green bean casserole topped with crispy onions

This versatile side dish is not just for the holiday table – though it is Thanksgiving side dish MUST.

Classic flavor from fresh ingredients and no canned soup.



what to serve with green beans? beef tenderloin!

Juicy, melt-in-your-mouth tender beef tenderloin with red wine au jus. Makes a show-stopping meal perfect for entertaining.


black plate with hamburger helper beef stroganoff, dinner roll and green beans

This easy one pot ground Beef Stroganoff is not your mama’s Hamburger Helper. It’s loaded with fresh mushrooms, ground beef and egg noodles in a rich sour creamy sauce.

Grilled Flank Steak:

what to serve with green beans? grilled flank steak!

Marinated, grilled beef and fresh green beans make the ultimate steak dinner.

This steak is loaded with juicy flavor and grills in under 10 minutes!


Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin:

what goes with green beans? this honey balsamic pork tenderloin!

You’ll be amazed at all the flavor in this pork – plus it whips up in just 20 minutes with the most delicious balsamic vinegar flaze. 

Use the same recipe for pork chops too!

Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin:

sliced apricot glazed pork tenderloin with brussels sprouts


Greek Chicken:

the answer to what to serve with green beans - chicken!

You’ll love this easy marinade for tender, juicy chicken – Greek yogurt, olive oil and fresh herbs for classic Greek flavor.

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs:

close up air fryer turkey meatballs over arugula with marinara sauce

Ground turkey meatballs with Italian breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese – juicy and perfectly air fried in under 10 minutes.

Air Fryer Turkey Breast:

wondering what to serve with green beans? try this easy air fryer roast turkey breast.rd with side of gravy

Garlic herb butter roasted turkey breast cooks completely in the air fryer.

Crispy skin, juicy white meat in under one hour.


Salmon Kabobs:

wondering what to serve with green beans? try these salmon kabobs!

Grilled Mediterranean Salmon cubes skewered with vegetables and lemon slices and basted with a bright, lemony garlic-herb sauce.

Teriyaki Salmon:

the answer to what to serve with green beans - salmon!

One pan salmon  with a sweet-savory 5-ingredient teriyaki glaze – ready in under 20 minutes! 

Crispy Baked Cod:

gray plate with crispy breaded cod, french fries and lemon wedges

Fresh cod breaded with seasoned panko-parmesan cheese baked until flaky, golden and every bite crispy delicious.

Honey Mustard Salmon:

stuck on what to serve with green beans? try this honey mustard salmon!


Easy semi homemade Alfredo:

how to make jar alfredo sauce taste better - add mushrooms - seen in this photo

See how I ramp up the flavor of jar alfredo so it tastes like homemade! Pair with fresh green beans for a super simple weeknight meal

Seafood Pasta:

black bowl with seafood pasta in white wine garlic butter sauce

Restaurant quality seafood pasta in a light garlic butter white wine sauce.

Use golden pan seared scallops or your favorite seafood — along with a side of fresh green beans!

Pesto Pasta:

4-ingredient, 20 minute Pesto Pasta with sun dried tomatoes and herby pesto. Outrageously good and couldn’t be easier!


Below are a few ideas for the next time you make green beans to change up the flavor a bit.

  • parmesan cheese
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • soy sauce
  • red peppers
  • ground beef
  • teriyaki sauce
  • juicy tomatoes
  • lemon zest
  • new potatoes
  • red pepper flakes

You can also roast green beans in the oven – just toss in olive oil, season with salt and pepper and back in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.


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find out what to serve with green beans

What to Serve with Green Beans

Wondering what main dishes go best with fresh green beans? I have you covered - it's all here - plus my foolproof method for perfectly cooked, tender-crisp green beans in just 6 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4



  • Beef Tenderloin
  • Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff
  • Grilled Flank Steak


  • Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
  • Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin


  • Greek Chicken
  • Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
  • Air Fryer Turkey Breast


  • Salmon Kabobs
  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Crispy Baked Cod
  • Honey Mustard Salmon


  • Easy Semi Homemade Alfredo
  • Seafood Pasta
  • Pesto Pasta


  • Check out my foolproof recipe for perfectly cooked, tender-crisp green beans in just 6 minutes - then pair with any of the suggested entrees above!
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