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!
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 RECIPE:
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.
GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE:
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.
ROAST BEEF TENDERLOIN:
Juicy, melt-in-your-mouth tender beef tenderloin with red wine au jus. Makes a show-stopping meal perfect for entertaining.
HAMBURGER HELPER Beef Stroganoff:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Ground turkey meatballs with Italian breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese – juicy and perfectly air fried in under 10 minutes.
Air Fryer Turkey Breast:
Garlic herb butter roasted turkey breast cooks completely in the air fryer.
Crispy skin, juicy white meat in under one hour.
Grilled Mediterranean Salmon cubes skewered with vegetables and lemon slices and basted with a bright, lemony garlic-herb sauce.
One pan salmon with a sweet-savory 5-ingredient teriyaki glaze – ready in under 20 minutes!
Crispy Baked Cod:
Fresh cod breaded with seasoned panko-parmesan cheese baked until flaky, golden and every bite crispy delicious.
Honey Mustard Salmon:
Easy semi homemade Alfredo:
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
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!
4-ingredient, 20 minute Pesto Pasta with sun dried tomatoes and herby pesto. Outrageously good and couldn’t be easier!
TASTY ADDITIONS TO GREEN BEANS:
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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What to Serve with Green Beans
- 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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