Green beans are pretty easy to prepare in the oven. And they’re just as delicious as you’d expect any roasted food. Green beans are not just highly nutritious legumes but also versatile ones as well. And you can make green beans in the oven with any style or seasoning. Green beans are great as an entrée or a side dish along with meats, fish, grains, or other vegetables. And when roasted, they can also be eaten as is or presented with a tasty dipping sauce.
Green Beans Nutrition Facts
The Right Green Beans for Oven
You aim to end up with crispy, crunchy green beans, so start with fresh, healthy ones. Your green beans must be brightly colored, vibrant, and firm with snappy skin. If the beans are starchy, old, or easily bendy, they’re not ideal for oven-roasting.
Tips for Oven-Cooked Green Beans
- Always make sure the green beans are dry before you toss them in the oven. Moisture from water may affect the firmness of the recipe when it’s done.
- Cook the beans in one layer on the pan, and never overcrowd. If you’re making a considerable amount, roast them in batches, or use two separate pans.
- You want the beans to reach a crisp-tenderness with a few caramelized spots. Once this state is achieved, the green beans are ready to serve.
Cooking Green Beans in the Oven
Once you’ve noted these tips and tricks, the next step is to prepare the recipe. Here are the basic steps to do it;
Prep the Green Beans
First, wash the beans in cold water and trim them. Trimming means breaking off the rough knobby part from which the pods grew out. This portion is woody and doesn’t cook, so you need to take it out. And you can remove it with a knife or a sharp pair of scissors. Once you’re done trimming, dry the green beans with paper towels.
Season the Green Beans
Place the beans in a baking tray and drizzle them with oil. Then, you can season your green beans with salt and pepper. Note that you have full control over how you add seasonings and spices, so the options are almost limitless. So, alternatives like paprika, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, or even black pepper can also enter your choice list.
Roast the Green Beans
After seasoning the green beans, toss the tray in the oven and cook until they’re tender and crisp. You should make sure the oven is preheated to 400F before you roast your green beans. And under this temperature, it usually takes between 10 to 20 minutes to reach doneness.
Serving Oven-Cooked Green Beans
Oven-roasted green beans can be presented with a side of dipping sauce like aioli. You can also offer it as a main course or a side dish along with fish, meat, pies, casseroles, and many other recipes. To make your roasted green beans more appealing, you can try out these topping suggestions;
- Tahini sauce
- Fresh parsley, chives, basil, mint, or cilantro
- Toasted almond slices
- Toasted sesame seeds or sesame oil
- Lemon wedges and/or zest
- A drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- Sprinkles of grated Parmesan cheese
- Finely chopped green onions
- Pats of butter
- Sprinkles of red pepper flakes or smoked paprika
- One pound green beans, washed and trimmed
- Two teaspoons olive oil, extra-virgin
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Set the oven to heat up at 425F, and while you wait, layer the baking pan with parchment paper.
- Pat the green beans dry and arrange them on the lined baking pan. Drizzle the olive oil and add salt and pepper. Toss the beans with your hands until the seasonings and oil thoroughly coat the pods, and rearrange them in one layer.
- Slide the bean-filled pan into the oven and leave it to cook for 15 to 16 minutes until the beans are tender and crisp. You’ll also notice a few caramelized spots on the pods.
- Move the roasted green beans into a serving bowl and add any garnish or toppings you desire. Serve as an entrée or as a side dish with any dipping sauce you prefer.
For more on oven-cooked green beans, take a peek at this video recipe.