Roasted Green Beans

by Shawnda on December 16, 2010

in Citrus,Holiday Favorites,Lemon,Lighter & Healthier,Sides,Veggies & Starches

Roasted Green Beans

It can be tough to find a healthy side at the many holiday dinners that we attend. Over the last couple of years, I’ve made it a sort of tradition to show up with the one healthy side that almost no one else wants to eat.

There is always broccoli… baked in a vat of Velveeta and rice. Sweet potatoes buried under a mountain of toasted marshmallows. And even though my immediate family didn’t participate in the tradition that is green bean casserole, I do run into it other places. Not a fan, I tell you. Not a fan.

Roasted Green Beans

So my “naked” green veggies show up on a small platter as a small treasure to the 1 or 2 others that are looking to get through the day a little lighter. They’re roasted just until fork tender but still firm. The lemon makes a light, bright addition next to a plate full of heavier sides. And after a nice helping of green beans, you’ve got an excuse to have a second slice of pie :)

Roasted Green Beans

A light & healthy side dish, green beans roasted with citrus.


  • 1lb green beans
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic over medium heat until the garlic browns.
  3. Turn off the heat and remove the garlic with a slotted spoon.
  4. Add green beans to the pan, toss to coat, and transfer to a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Toss with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve garnished with lemon zest.


Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 20 minutes


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 16, 2010 at 4:56 am

i love roasted string beans, it is really the only way i cook them anymore. they are so delicious that way!


2 Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 16, 2010 at 5:57 am

Roasted is my fav way to enjoy string beans!


3 ErinsFoodFiles December 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Roasted is one of our favorite ways to prepare fresh green beans. Although, I’ve never tried adding lemon. I’ll do that next time!


4 Sarah December 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I roast almost all of my veggies at some point or another but have actually never roasted green beans! Can’t wait to try it.


5 Paula (Salad in a Jar) December 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Those red pepper flakes should make these green beans really pop! I agree about the green bean casserole.


6 Rica December 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I would say one of the most beautiful green beans I’ve ever seen. I think I’m going to try this recipe!


7 emiglia January 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

I’m always the one bringing the green veggie too… I bet the lemon in these is pretty welcome next to all the cream and butter that usually goes into holiday meals!


8 Carolyn November 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

So you make these at home? How do you reheat at the party? Do they get soggy?


9 Shawnda November 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

You can stick the platter/plate in the oven, foil-covered for a few minutes or go microwave. You have to try pretty hard or over-microwave them to make them soggy.


10 Susan L November 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I hate all that heavy Thanksgiving food! I’ve been trying to keep it light for years (except my husband loves gravy!) and these green beans seem ‘special’ for a holiday! I’ll be trying these this week to see, but I’m pretty sure they’ll make the cut!


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