~ These delicious Frozen Green Bean recipes showcase just how versatile, EASY, and astonishingly yummy frozen veggies can be! So fast and convenient, it’s a clever shortcut – with no need to wash, trim and cut fresh beans. From quick side dishes to soups to mains … now you’ll definitely want to have a bag of frozen green beans on hand at all times! ~
On busy days (which is basically every day, right?!?!) smart shortcuts can make all the difference, especially at mealtimes.
Just a few minutes saved here and there can add up to the difference between offering your family a home-cooked dinner … or just giving up and dialing for carryout.
And, no doubt, using frozen green beans in place of fresh is a true shortcut gem!
Why Frozen Green Bean Recipes Work So Well
While I love a garden-fresh summer bean as much as the next girl, there are tons of reasons why frozen green beans just make a lot of sense!
Nutrition – You might be surprised to learn that frozen vegetables – including green beans – are typically every bit as healthy as fresh. And in fact, they can often be even more nutritious, since they’re generally frozen at the peak of ripeness, very quickly after they’re picked and before their nutrients have begun to diminish.
Cost – Of course sale prices and special deals vary, but as a generalization, frozen green beans are often cheaper than fresh.
Prep Time – And frozen beans are so much faster to prep. They’re already washed and trimmed, and you can buy whole or already-cut beans, depending on what you’re making.
And many of the recipes in our collection below don’t even require you to thaw your green beans first!
Convenience – As you’ll see in many of the recipes below, if you grab a bag of frozen green beans anytime you’re at the grocery store, and keep one always tucked in your freezer, you can quickly cobble together a side dish with other pantry staples in just a few minutes. Any time, any night. Even when the fresh green beans at the market look not-so-great. So convenient, and a true lifesaver when dinner’s running late!
Any Cooking Method – You might also be surprised that you can use frozen green beans with practically any cooking method. From oven-roasting to pan-searing to air-frying. Sure, they’re terrific in soups (we’ve got some fabulous ideas for ya there!), but they can really go almost any place a fresh bean can. Wonderfully adaptable!
So, whether you’re looking for the perfect, easy green bean side dish to grace your Thanksgiving table (ahem … maybe the updated Green Bean casserole??), or you just need to get a meal on the dinner table ASAP, there’s a recipe here (or two! or three!) that you’re sure to love …
Got a bag of beans in your freezer? Then you can make this easy side dish with only 5 basic pantry ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time. Terrific when you're in a hurry! Includes lots of ideas for delicious flavor variations to keep things interesting, every time you make this. (Mmmmmm ... parmesan cheese, or nuts and fresh herbs, or cranberries, or ......)
Ah ... the Thanksgiving classic! But this one's made without any gloppy canned soup for a lighter, more wholesome take on the iconic American holiday dish! (Need a vegan version? Try this clever Vegan Green Bean Casserole with Panko Topping.)
No need to defrost the frozen green beans first! Simply toss your whole green beans and dried seasonings in a skillet, and in just 10 minutes, your tasty and healthy side dish will be ready. With lots of ideas for flavor variations and add-ins, this super-flexible recipe is a blank canvas that goes with pretty much any main dish!
Just for all you fans of air fryer recipes! These frozen beans are delightfully seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, and dried onions, plus chili flakes for a little heat (although you can change up the spice mixture to suit your taste). Super fast with your air fryer ... ready in 13 minutes flat. (Or, for an entirely different flavor profile, try this recipe for Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans with Everything Bagel Seasoning.)
Next time you're craving fried rice, try this green bean recipe, which cooks in just 15 minutes – faster than ordering takeout! It’s flavor-filled with a unique almond teriyaki sauce, packed with veggies, and gets boosted texture from crunchy almond slivers. Feel free to add in extra vegetables, too, like pretty bits of red bell peppers. A healthier fried rice recipe that's so simple to whip up!
This tasty side dish comes together with balsamic-caramelized frozen green beans, roasted mushrooms, toasted almonds, and a finishing sprinkle of feta cheese. If you worry that cooked frozen green beans will end up sad and soggy – never fear! These roasted frozen green beans are a crispy, tender, and flavorful veggie recipe that even a picky eater will gobble up!
An heirloom family recipe, this dish features frozen green beans that are slowly simmered with diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, cinnamon, and cumin, allowing the flavors to really develop and become rich and warm. Make a batch to have leftovers for quick side dishes throughout the week, or add meat to easily turn it into a satisfying main.
A classic dish of tender green beans coated in a rich, buttery, lemon juice sauce and topped with crunchy toasted almonds. It's both flavorful and healthy ... a win-win that's done all in one large skillet, in under 15 minutes!
Your frozen green beans cook quickly in the air fryer (no need to thaw!), bathed in a mixture of garlic, toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil. A little sweet, a little salty ... and a whole lotta yummy! (Psssst ... these would be a perfect side dish for our beloved Flank Steak!)
This homemade version of the Olive Garden fave is so wonderfully cozy and delicious, bursting with healthy, fresh flavors! The recipe includes both Instant Pot and stovetop directions, plus options like adding chicken.
Let your oven do the heavy lifting tonight with this simple, low-prep dinner that only requires 10 or 15 minutes to prep! Green beans meet up with baby red potatoes, green olives, and herby, marinated chicken for a baking sheet meal the whole family will love! (Note that the author uses bone-in, skin-on thighs, but says any cut will work well, so try it with leaner skinless chicken breasts for a more waistline-friendly option.)
A simple, rustic Italian dish (cucina povera style) with green beans and tomatoes – from an author who specializes in authentic Italian recipes. It's fabulous as a side dish, or as a vegan/vegetarian main dish with crusty bread.
A quick stovetop green beans recipe that simmers your unthawed green beans with pretty purple onions and a tiny but flavorful dab of butter. It all cooks together quickly and easily for a speedy side dish that's ready in 15 minutes, and lovely with nearly any main course you're making!
This nourishing soup is loaded with simple ingredients – nutritious vegetables in a flavorful, tomato-based broth laced with Italian seasoning. Lots of great tips help you add meat or plant-based proteins, kick up the heat, or even make it in your slow cooker instead of your pressure cooker. Whatever you choose, it’s perfect for meal prep and freezer-friendly.
Thawed and well-drained frozen green beans easily stand in for fresh in this fast, Asian-inspired recipe. A thickened, gingery soy sauce deliciously blankets the medley of veggies. Try it served next to fried eggs for a unique yet nourishing weeknight meal!
Calling all garlic lovers! You can adjust this recipe to use more or less green beans, depending on how garlicky you want them and how many people you're serving. For an even bigger flavor punch, you can optionally add in chopped onions, along with the fresh garlic. Quick and easy!
With a few minutes of chopping, this easy soup cooks up in only 20 minutes, so you can sit down to a healthy, hearty meal no matter how hectic your week gets! Adjust the crushed red pepper flakes to make it milder or kickier, exactly how you like it. And don't worry ... although the pretty pictures of this recipe showcase fresh green beans, it also clearly explains that you can opt for frozen green beans instead (but be sure to thaw them first).
Got just a few frozen green beans you wanna use up? This unique, extra-healthy meal is a great way to do it! As the authors explain, frozen green beans are super convenient since you simply defrost them in warm water before preparing.
This classic Italian recipe is terrific served warm, cold, or room temperature, so it's ideal for summer cookouts and picnics, or for Thanksgiving dinner and holiday buffets! Make sure to note the author's recommendation to use very good-quality olive oil and a strong wine vinegar to really make this dish shine.
Ready to enjoy in only 10 minutes! Tender green beans are tossed with crispy, spicy Spanish chorizo sausage for a side dish that packs a punch. Delightfully smokey with a hint of heat, the author says they're a particularly great accompaniment to fish and chicken dishes.
A great side dish or vegetarian meal ... or do as the author's mother-in-law does, and add tender Greek meatballs. Yum! Bonus: another beauty of this recipe is that it tastes even better the next day. And it's extra-easy to make with frozen green beans, since there's no need to thaw them – just toss them in, and they'll have plenty of time to cook in the oven.
Feeling extra fancy tonight? This recipe uses those "French" thin green beans (aka haricots verts) you see in the frozen veggie aisle, that are split lengthwise into graceful, slender bean ribbons. (Although it works just fine with regular green beans, too.) Buttery, garlicky mushrooms make them extra-special!
So many delicious ideas to choose from, huh?
I mean, seriously … who knew there were so many really great frozen green bean recipes you could 100% successfully make, instead of using fresh?!?
A wonderful little time savings! Whether you’re looking for recipes to make Thanksgiving dinner or your holiday meal plan just a little bit easier – or you’re simply trying to find FAST ways to pull together healthy dinners on busy weeknights.
Definitely bookmark these ideas to use all year ’round, any time you don’t happen to have fresh green beans available. Or … any time you need a brilliant, time-saving shortcut! 😉