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green beans mixed with bacon and onions in a bowl

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon Recipe

Easy to make with diced sauteed onions, hearty beef broth, a touch of cream, and of course pieces of crisped bacon, these green beans are a show stopper!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 234kcal


  • 1 lbs. green beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 6 oz. bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. bacon grease
  • ½ small onion diced
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 4 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper


  • Cook the bacon and crumble it in pieces. Fry on the stove or cook in the oven (Learn how to cook bacon in the oven). Reserve 1 tbsp. of bacon grease and add it to a skillet.
  • Heat the skillet over medium heat (with the bacon fat) and add the onions. Saute until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the green beans (fresh or frozen) and cook, covered, about 3-5 minutes, stirring periodically.
  • Add the beef broth and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the bacon, salt, pepper and cream and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the liquid has cooked off and the green beans are tender.


  1. Fresh or frozen green beans can be used. Fresh will have a better flavor, but frozen work great in a pinch as well;
  2. The bacon is salty, so be careful not to add too much salt;
  3. Substitute salt pork or pancetta for the bacon if desired. Cook it before hand and add it when you add the bacon.
  4. Stir the green beans periodically when cooking to avoid any possible burning.


Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg