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Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries

Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries are simple, roasted, the perfect amount of salty, and excellently crisp. If you need a good alternative to fries made with potatoes, this easy recipe is it!

This is a 4-ingredient, 15-minute, healthy recipe. Short and sweet (except sorta salty). It’s an oldie but a goody, and one I fall back on when I need a quick side dish, and is one of my very favorites when green beans are in season. 

There are versions of this recipe that call for lots of dredging and flour and eggs, but this one keeps it super simple. 

What do you need to make green bean fries? 

  • fresh green beans
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • seasoned bread crumbs

If you need this side dish to be vegan, opt for bread crumbs without Parmesan cheese. 

I tend to look for every opportunity 

Can I make green bean fries in the air fryer? 

Yes yes double yes. 

I love my air fryer for all sorts of things, but it really does wonderful crispy good things to green beans. If you go the air fryer route with your Crispy Green Bean Fries, 370°F is the right temperature and 7-9 minutes will give you the best crisp. 

Is this recipe good in a pinch?

Completely. I know from experience. 

Because initially, when I developed these easy green bean fries, actually sharing them got put on the back-burner so-to-speak. What had happened was…

Evan and Chad were rough-housing. Because that’s what boys do, even the adult kind, apparently. I was ten minutes from putting my favorite veggie sliders on the table, homework was done, and it was shaping up to be a pretty nice evening.

Until there was a crash.

And my laptop fell victim to the rough-housing.I was pretty flipping upset, to put it mildly.

broken laptop screen; Toshiba

So I topped off my very nice glass of red wine, threw these green beans in the oven to get good and crispy, put dinner on the table, and straight up sulked for the rest of the evening.

Evan was pretty distressed because it was his crazy running away that dragged my laptop sideways into the floor. Chad felt really extra bad because it was his crazy chasing that provoked Evan’s crazy running… but ultimately it was a pretty freak accident and wasn’t anyone’s fault in particular.

I had to give Evan a big squeeze to calm his little worries.

And the whole ordeal gave me one more reason to add to my steadily growing list of reasons for why we need to move someplace bigger and better.

Fortunately, I live with a pretty clever and technology-savvy fix-it kinda guy. He ordered a new screen and life resumed, and all the green bean fries got eaten, with only a short interlude of me working with a completely rigged setup involving my laptop being plugged into the desktop monitor while I sit all sideways and weird in this kitchen chair at the desk and try to type. 

Need a few more quick and easy green bean recipes? 

Try the Best Easy 5 Bean Salad – it calls for canned green beans, wax beans, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans, and is really simple to make ahead. 

Summer Vegetable Soup can be made in the slow cooker or on the stove top and you can use fresh OR frozen green beans. 

Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries

Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries are simple, savory, and are the perfect side dish for just about anything!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375.
  2. Toss the green beans in the olive oil to coat evenly.
  3. Lay them out in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the green beans (see note).
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, stirring the green beans around on the baking sheet halfway through to get color all the way around.

Notes

To prepare these quickly, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the green beans as stated in the instructions. If you want a more uniform, all-over crisp to these and have a few extra minutes, place the bread crumbs in a bowl and dip each green bean in to coat evenly. Shake off the excess and bake as directed.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 736mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

 

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Bri

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Unfortunately, I found the cooking temp 375 way too low. After 15 minutes the beans and toppings were all soggy and gross. I had to crank up to 425 for another 10 minutes just to get them crispy, but by that time you might imagine, the rand were waaay overdone. Oh well

Heather Tullos

Monday 30th of May 2016

Thanks, Bri! This is an OLLLLLLLLD recipe and it's been years since I have made these! Since they didn't work out for you I'll re-test and see what I come up with.

Lois

Thursday 7th of November 2013

Do you think you could use okra for this? looks really delicious... I thought it was okra until I looked at the recipe!! I love beans too, by the way!

Heather

Friday 8th of November 2013

Ya know Lois, I'm not sure. But it's worth a shot I think! I love okra! If you try it let me know!!!

rumpydog

Saturday 18th of May 2013

So I'm just looking around on your blog and I find THIS recipe! I have been wanting to try fried green beans, but I think this is a much healthier way for me to do that. Thanks!

Kitten

Friday 8th of March 2013

Love it! Making a seafood feast tonight for Lent and this will make the perfect side dish. Think I will try using Panko instead of breadcrumbs and see what happens.

Heather

Friday 8th of March 2013

Thanks! Panko breadcrumbs will be crunchy & amazing.

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

Monday 14th of January 2013

Oh my goodness, these sound really good! I love fresh green beans, and I'm always looking for ways to jazz 'em up--LOVE this idea. Thanks so much for linking up at What's In Your Kitchen Wednesday!

Heather

Wednesday 16th of January 2013

Thanks for hosting it!! I really dig it. :)