Easy And Addictive Roasted Green Beans

These addictive roasted green beans are one of the simplest sides you will ever make, and tempting enough you might just eat the whole tray… and you won’t even feel bad about it. Read on, or jump straight to the recipe HERE.

Easy and Addictive Roasted Green Beans | Will Cook For Friends

To be totally honest, it’s hard to call this a “recipe” because it’s so darn easy. But I swear, I crave these green beans like french fries.

These green beans. Not green beans drenched in sauce, not “green beans almandine”, no fancy spices or complicated technique… just green beans, olive oil, salt, and pepper. And a few minutes at high heat.

There, that’s the recipe. It really is that simple. And so good.

Easy and Addictive Roasted Green Beans | Will Cook For Friends

Normally I try to doctor things like this up before I share them with you, because come on… who wants plain ol’ green beans?

This girl, that’s who. And I’m guessing you will too, once you taste them.

When I need a quick and healthy side dish, this is my stand by. Heck, when I need a quick and easy dinner, this is my stand by, because I can eat an entire tray of them all by my lonesome and not even think twice.

They’re as addictive as french fries for me, but unlike french fries I can shovel them into my mouth and still fit into my skinny jeans afterwards.

(That’s a lie, I don’t own skinny jeans. My fashion sense is more hobo-chic. And no, I didn’t just misspell “boho.” But the point still stands: green beans = so much healthier than french fries.)

Easy and Addictive Roasted Green Beans | Will Cook For Friends

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Easy And Addictive Roasted Green Beans
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten-free, paleo, whole 30
Serves: 4 (or just me)
  • 1 lb green beans, stems trimmed off
  • 1-2 TBSP olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I suggest being fairly generous)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread the green beans into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet (line with parchment or foil first for easier cleanup, if you wish). Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and a bit of black pepper. Toss to coat everything evenly.
  3. Place on the center rack, and roast for about 8-10 minutes. I like the green beans to be tender, but still ever so slightly crisp inside. Check them often towards the end, and remove when they've reached your desired level of doneness.
  4. Taste, and if necessary add a pinch more salt.
The great thing about this recipe (besides everything) is that the green beans can be made at just about any oven temp. So for instance, they can go in at 350F for around 12 minutes, or 425F for 7-8 minutes, or anywhere in between.
This means I can easily throw a pan into the oven along with whatever else I'm making (towards the end of cooking) and have a side dish ready at the same time as the main course.


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23 Responses to Easy And Addictive Roasted Green Beans

  1. Kristina @ Love & Zest January 3, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Addictive green beans. I’ll take ’em!

    • Willow Arlen January 3, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      Seriously, haha! We could all use a little more green beans in our life. :)

      • Lynn T June 18, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

        Has anyone ever used frozen green beans and done this?

  2. Sandhya Hariharan January 3, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    We love Sauted Green Beans along with a curry. Its a great idea to roast them in the oven – saves a hand to do the rest of the chores.

    • Willow Arlen January 3, 2017 at 11:22 am #

      Mmm, they would be great alongside curry! Thanks for the idea, Sandhya!

  3. Dannii January 3, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    We cook our beans like this too and we add tons of garlic. I can’t get enough of them.

    • Willow Arlen January 3, 2017 at 11:48 am #

      Oooh, great idea. I’ll have to try that next time. :)

  4. munchies and munchkins January 3, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    Oh wow I love roasted green beans and these look delicious. YUM gotta love an easy recipe.

    • Willow Arlen January 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

      I know, right? Even when I’m at my laziest, a pan of these is easy enough to make. And I can be preeeetty lazy, haha!

  5. Christine | Vermilion Roots January 3, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    Better than french fries, I must say! :-)

  6. Platter Talk January 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    I love green beans and this easy way of preparing is right up my alley!

  7. Erin January 29, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    How are they with reheating? I want to put them in my meal prep for the week but I don’t want them to get too soggy

    • Willow Arlen January 29, 2017 at 9:59 am #

      Hi Erin! I love them reheated. They will of course cook a little more in the re-heating, but I’ve never had them get mushy or soggy. You can also under-cook them slightly the first time, and they’ll turn out perfectly when reheated. Hope that helps!

  8. Sthandiwe June 22, 2017 at 3:18 am #

    Thanks for the jids afternoon snack idea when they get back from school and its not quite dinner time yet too.

  9. Sthandiwe June 22, 2017 at 3:19 am #


  10. Melissa January 23, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

    I love roasted green beans!! I also do asparagus, radishes, and brussel sprouts the same way.

    I do the same as your recipe but I love to add lots of garlic powder as well as a bit of red pepper flakes. A dash of parmesan cheese when they come out of the oven and a squeeze of half a lemon’s juice. I could eat them every day for my whole meal!

  11. Joni June 30, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    Tried these this afternoon. So good!

  12. Ilse August 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    I am gonna make this today! I have a 5lb bag of beans. Would it be good to make the 5lb and freeze it in portions of 1lb to reheat when necessary??

    • Willow Arlen September 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi Ilse, sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner. I’m sure it’s too late now, but for what it’s worth, I have never tried freezing the green beans but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. If you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear how it turned out!

  13. Barbara P August 21, 2020 at 10:16 pm #

    Radishes, I love them but only eat them raw. Gonna try them after going to get groceries next week. Love new ideas and eats!

  14. Carrie B August 21, 2021 at 5:26 pm #

    Question, I love these green beans but I’m roasting a tenderloin loin tomorrow in maple syrup and balsamic vinegar and curious how that may taste on the beans if I lightly toss them in the same mixture. I do not want to get away from the crispness too much. Any ideas?

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