Simple Skillet Green Beans with Bacon

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Bacon green beans are, without a doubt, one of the most perfect combinations of vegetables and bacon. Although, now that I've said that, are there vegetables that don't go well with bacon? This simple pan of green beans with bacon and onion is a definite winner.

Simple Skillet green beans are warm and crisp, mixed with red onions and bacon. Fresh green beans are one of our favorite dishes and nine times out of ten I just throw them in the oven for roasting. They are absolutely, positively delicious in that way, but last night I wanted something a little different.

I saw the bacon in the fridge and within minutes, I had a couple of strips of bacon sizzling on the stove. (Although, I did consider adding a full pound of bacon and calling it an indulgence instead of a vegetable garnish. So feel free to use a liberal hand with your own addition of bacon.) These green beans are a delicious vegetable garnish with enough smoked bacon flavor to add something special to any meal.

Most of my family gave these green beans two thumbs up. However, my youngest son recently decided that cooked green things "are not his favorite" at all. This makes me laugh, because this is the boy who asks for green smoothies every day.

I like to serve these green beans with oven-baked crispy chicken and roasted rosemary potatoes. These green beans would also be great with this Bourbon frosted meatloaf or these velvet pork chops.

Cooking tip: I use this skillet to make this recipe. (It's my favorite skillet and I use it almost every day!)

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Simple Skillet Green Beans with Bacon

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 86kcal


  • 2 slices of bacon cut in half
  • 1 pound fresh green beans or green beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • optional: 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced, about 1/2 cup


  • Heat a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon, and then place the strips of cooked bacon on a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain. A tablespoon of oil should remain in the pan. (If there's more than that, drain the excess. If there isn't a tablespoon of oil, add a little butter to the pan.)

  • Set the heat to medium and add the green beans to the pan. Mix with tongs or stir to coat with bacon grease. Sprinkle with salt (and pepper, if desired) and cover with a lid. Let the green beans cook for 2 minutes, stir and cover again. Cook 2 more minutes and stir again.

  • Add onions to skillet and stir to combine. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes, just until the beans are tender and still a little crispy. Chop the bacon and put it back in the green beans. Remove from the fire and serve. Enjoy!


Green beans are just fine French green beans. If you can't find them, regular green beans will work fine. Cooking time should be increased by 1-2 minutes. Beans should be slightly tender and still have a little bite when done cooking.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 281 mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 785 IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.2mg


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