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BEST GREEN BEANS – The Southern Lady Cooks

These Green Beans are the perfect side dish to any meal. Easy to make, only a few ingredients and always a hit!

Green Beans

If you like green beans, this southern classic is always a favorite. Green Beans and Potatoes is a wonderful dish!


This recipe is versatile; you can use French cut green beans or regular. You can also use turkey bacon for a lower fat option. This dish is also super simple and takes nothing to throw together, so it’s perfect for any occasion. This would be a wonderful side dish for any holiday too.


  • Green beans, canned (french or fresh cut)
  • Bacon or a package of bacon bits (can use turkey bacon)
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic powder


Use the canned green beans you enjoy, can use bacon bits or real bacon, or even use turkey bacon for lower fat. You can also use coconut amino in place of the soy sauce.


The hardest part of of this recipe, is taking the time to make the bacon!


Step 1
Cook your bacon and chop into small pieces.

Step 2
Mix all ingredients together and cook on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Green Beans


Don’t forget to drain the beans. You could easily make this recipe in advance and reheat the next day. You could also just make the bacon the day before and cook this dish the next day.


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This dish goes with just about any meal and we love it during the holiday season. It’s great for Easter and Thanksgiving. You may love it with these dishes:


Can you use fresh green beans?

Yes, you can, just use 5 cups and you will want to cook them till they are done to your liking.

Do you drain the geen beans?

Yes, you will drain the canned green beans.


We just store in an air tight container and reheat in the oven on 350 until warm.

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Best Green Beans Recipe

Anne Walkup

These green beans are the best side dish. Only a few ingredients and absolutely delicious. Everyone will love these green beans.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 38 minutes

Total Time 53 minutes

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

  • 5 (14.5 ounce) cans of green beans drained
  • 12 strips of cooked bacon or a 4.3 ounce package of bacon bits
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 7 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder

Can use any canned green beans, french cut or fresh cut. 

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