If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been told that fresh is always better than frozen. But let’s face it – fresh produce can be pricey and not always available. Plus, who has the time to mess around with blanching and processing fresh beans? Frozen green beans — and frozen green bean recipes — deserve some love. 

Not only are they cheaper, but they’re also just as nutritious as fresh ones. They’re loaded with the same vitamins and minerals and have the same delicious crunch you’re used to. Add them to just about any dish, or they also taste great all on their own. What’s not to love? 

Plus, there’s no more worrying about fresh green beans going bad in your refrigerator before you have time to eat them up. These frozen green bean recipes are ideal for anybody who wants to stretch that grocery budget a little further and start enjoying everything the frozen aisle has to offer. 

With these 25 tantalizing frozen green bean recipes, you’ll forget all about fresh beans and give the frozen section the love it deserves. So let’s dive in!

1. Roasted Frozen Green Beans

Roasting is one of our favorite ways to unlock deep, nutty flavors of vegetables – including green beans. 

All you need are some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you’re on your way to making some crispy, caramelized green beans that even your kids will love. The texture of roasted frozen green beans is slightly chewy and crispy on the outside, making it the perfect side dish for any meal.

2. Air Fryer Green Beans

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to french fries or onion rings, look no further than air-fried green beans. This recipe takes it up a notch by adding everything bagel seasoning to it. 

The combination of the slightly spicy seasoning with the crispy green beans is a match made in heaven. 

3. Honey Garlic Green Beans

Looking for a sweet and savory side dish? Honey garlic green beans are the perfect combination. This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients: frozen green beans, honey, soy sauce, garlic, and olive oil. 

This dish is perfect on its own or as a side dish to a stir fry.

4. Parmesan Roasted Green Beans 

If you’re looking to add some cheesy goodness to your green beans, this recipe is for you. Think crispy, salty, and cheesy green beans. All you need is some grated parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and frozen green beans. 

The result? A cheesy, crispy side dish that will elevate any meal.

5. Southern Style Green Beans

Slow-cooked with bacon, onion, and a touch of sugar, these green beans will have you saying “y’all” in no time. The best part? You don’t have to be from the South to appreciate this delicious dish. It’s comfort food at its finest – and you don’t have to have fresh beans either. Frozen works just fine!

6. Green Beans Almondine 

If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe that doesn’t skimp on flavor, look no further than Green Beans Almondine. This dish uses frozen green beans, fresh lemon, and toasted almonds to create a savory combination that will have your taste buds begging for more. Did we mention it’s healthy too? It’s the perfect side dish for any meal.

7. Garlic Green Beans

Garlic lovers rejoice! This recipe uses plenty of garlic to amp up the flavor of your green beans. Simply steam your frozen beans and then toss them in a pan with olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. It’s a simple yet satisfying dish that will leave your kitchen smelling amazing.

8. Lemon Butter Parmesan Green Beans

For a frozen green bean dish that’s both creamy and full of flavor, try Lemon Butter Parmesan Green Bean recipe. The tangy lemon and nutty Parmesan cheese perfectly complement the green beans. Plus, butter adds a touch of richness that’s hard to resist. You better make double!

9. Stir Fry Sesame Green Beans

For a dish that’s a little more exotic, try this Stir Fry Sesame Green Bean recipe. Simply stir-fry your frozen green beans with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. The combination of flavors is out of this world. Plus, it’s a great way to add variety to your weeknight meals.

10. Spicy Peanut Ramen Noodles With Green Beans & Tofu

Spicy Peanut Ramen Noodles is a green bean recipe that packs a punch! It’s not for the faint of heart, with its spicy peanut sauce and perfectly cooked ramen noodles. The tofu adds a nice protein boost, while the green beans give it a satisfying crunch. Trust us! Spicy Peanut Ramen Noodles will be your new go-to weeknight meal (if you dare). 

11. Adobong Sitaw

Next, we have Adobong Sitaw – a Filipino vegetable dish that is stir-fried string beans and adobo mixed with chicken. This simple and healthy recipe is best eaten with rice and is a great way to introduce more veggies into your diet. Don’t like chicken? No worries, you can easily omit it for a vegetarian version or swap in your favorite protein. 

12. Green Bean Omelette

For breakfast, try this Green Bean Omelette made with Just Egg – a vegan egg substitute that has the taste, texture, and aroma of a real chicken egg. The green beans and caramelized onions folded inside give it a savory and slightly sweet taste. Plus, it’s plant-based, so you can feel good about starting your day with some extra veggies.

13. Veggie Pot Pie Soup 

If you’re in the mood for something hearty and comforting, try this Veggie Pot Pie Soup. Add frozen green beans to a creamy and flavorful soup base with pie crust pieces on top for added texture. It’s like a warm hug in a bowl and perfect for those chilly nights.

14. Asian Vegetable Stir Fry

Next, we have an Asian Vegetable Stir Fry perfect for meal prepping for the week. Sautée frozen green beans with other veggies like bell peppers and mushrooms, in a delicious sauce made with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Serve over rice or noodles for a filling and healthy meal.

15. Green Bean and Quinoa Soup

This Green Bean and Quinoa Soup is the perfect comfort food on a cold winter’s night. The combination of tender green beans, quinoa, and cannellini beans is filling and nutritious. The soup is also flavored with turmeric, ginger, and garlic, giving it a spicy kick. Serve a big bowl with some crusty bread and enjoy!

16. Lebanese Green Beans

These Lebanese Green Beans are a great way to mix your usual vegetable routine. The beans are sauteed with onions and garlic, then simmered in a tomato-based sauce with cumin and cinnamon. The flavors are rich and complex, and the dish goes great with rice or pita bread. 

You won’t even miss the meat!

17. Green Bean Casserole

You didn’t think we’d forget about everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish, did you? This Green Bean Casserole is lightened with Greek yogurt and topped with a crunchy Parmesan breadcrumb topping. The mushrooms add extra flavor, and the dish would be a great addition to any potluck or family gathering. Plus, it’s a breeze to make – no need to spend hours in the kitchen!

18. Instant Pot Green Beans

Short on time? This Instant Pot Green Bean recipe is perfect for you. Simply toss fresh or frozen green beans into your Instant Pot with water and salt and let it do the rest. You can even add a pat of butter for some extra flavor. The beans come out perfectly cooked and tender, and this side dish pairs well with any protein and starch.

19. Sauteed Green Beans

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, and sautéed frozen green beans are no exception. All you need is garlic, onion, and of course green beans. You can use either fresh or frozen – you won’t notice a difference either way. 

This dish is easy, flavorful, and perfect for a quick weeknight meal (and yes – it’s kid-approved). 

20. Green Bean Tater Tot Casserole 

If you’re looking for something a little more decadent, try this Green Bean Tater Tot Casserole. It’s comfort food at its finest, with tater tots, ground beef, and of course green beans. The recipe calls for fresh green beans, but you can easily substitute frozen if that’s handy. This dish is perfect for feeding a crowd or meal prepping for the week.

21. Oven Roasted Green Beans

Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and adds a depth of unbeaten flavor. This Oven Roasted Green Bean recipe is simple but delicious. Toss your frozen green beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then sprinkle on some onion and garlic powder for extra flavor. Spread them on a baking sheet and roast until they’re crispy and tender. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal.

22. Cheesy Green Bean Casserole With Tomatoes

This recipe is a modern (and summery) take on the classic Thanksgiving side dish. The addition of fresh tomatoes and a generous helping of two types of cheese takes it from tired to tantalizing. And with a prep time of just 10 minutes, this recipe is perfect for those busy weeknight dinners when you need something quick and satisfying.


23. Sweet Garlic Green Beans Balsamic Saute

Speaking of satisfaction, you won’t be able to resist our next recipe – Sweet Garlic Green Beans Balsamic Saute. This recipe takes the humble green bean to transform it into a deliciously savory and sweet dish. 

The garlic adds a punch of flavor, while the balsamic vinegar cuts through the sweetness for a perfectly balanced dish. Serve it as a side dish for your next dinner party to watch your guests devour every last bite.


24. Southern Green Beans

If you’re looking for a truly indulgent green bean recipe, look no further than this Southern Green Beans recipe. It is the epitome of Southern comfort food. 

Bacon, chicken stock, and onions come together to create a rich, savory flavor that will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds). Serve it with some mashed potatoes, and you have the ultimate comfort meal.

25. Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

This recipe takes the classic green bean casserole and elevates it to new heights. By adding mushrooms, chicken stock, and cream cheese, create a creamy and umami-packed casserole that will make you forget about the canned soup version. 

Make this for your next family gathering, and watch your relatives fight over the last spoonful.

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25 Tantalizing Frozen Green Bean Recipes

Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Crispy, flavorful, and packed with nutrients, these delectable Chinese-Style Air Fryer Green Beans are my family favorite when it comes to easy side dishes.


  • 1 Air fryer


  • 2 cups green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Chinese Five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  • Thoroughly combine the green beans, garlic, Chinese Five-spice powder, oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and red pepper flakes.
  • Transfer green beans to the air fryer cooking basket.
  • Cook your green beans at 380 degrees for about 10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to promote even cooking. Work in batches, if needed.
  • Serve warm, garnished with sesame seeds. Enjoy!


Serving: 67gCalories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 5.3gProtein: 1.7gFat: 5.5gSaturated Fat: 0.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.1gSodium: 66mgPotassium: 142mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 2.5gVitamin A: 8.4IUCalcium: 26mgIron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Side Dish
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