Oven baked green beans are a simple and healthy side dish I can never stop eating! With only five ingredients and just 10 minutes of prep time, this side dish is easy as it is versatile. It pairs well with just about anything!

white bowl of oven roasted garlic green beans

Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans

If you’ve never thought of vegetables as addicting, it’s because you’ve never had my oven roasted green beans. They’re crispy and tender, garlicky and juicy, and have that extra bit of freshness from the lemon juice. I tell you, put a bowl of them in front of me and I’m popping them like candy!

Baked green beans are a super simple and healthy side dish made with just 5 ingredients and they pair with just about anything.

Serve them with Crock Pot Lemon Chicken or Meatloaf with Brown Gravy and because you’ll probably overindulge on vegetables, it’s only fair to balance it out by finishing the meal with 3-Step Mini Cheesecakes.

garlic green beans on grey platter with lemons in background

Why you’ll love Baked Green Beans

Simple and tasty – The simple seasoning doesn’t distract from the natural flavor of the green beans. These baked green beans taste so good, that they could easily outshine the main dish.

Quick to make – Everyone needs a quick and easy side dish for busy weeknight dinners or holiday meals.

Perfect texture – We get a crispy outer texture from the searing hot pan and tender juicy overall bites. You can’t beat it!

Pairs well with everything – From all kinds of meat and seafood, alongside other sides like mashed potatoes or rice, to enjoying them as part of a giant salad!

  • Lipped Baking Pan – It’s helpful to have the lip so you don’t lose any green beans off the side of the pan.
  • Tongs – It’s really easy to toss the green beans with tongs, & it’s especially helpful when they’re hot.
  • Minced Garlic – I always keep minced garlic in oil in the fridge because I never remember to buy fresh garlic & it keeps a long time.
  • Mixing Bowls – To toss your green beans and let them marinate.

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Green Beans – Fresh green beans, with the ends trimmed off. Kitchen shears work great for this. I also snap the larger ones in half.
  • Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil. A drizzle overtop the beans will help them caramelize and crisp up nicely on the outside.
  • Salt & Pepper – The basics. I like to use sea salt & freshly ground black pepper. So simple yet so good.
  • Lemon Juice – The juice of a fresh lemon. The bottled stuff just isn’t the same.
  • Garlic – I use the minced garlic that is packed in olive oil because I always have that on hand. Fresh garlic will work too, of course.

fresh green beans in colander with lemons and garlic

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Step One: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place a foil-lined baking sheet into the oven to get it hot.
  2. Step Two: Place the green beans, olive oil, and seasoning in a large bowl. Toss to coat, making sure all the beans are nicely covered. Let the beans marinate for 20 minutes.

garlic green beans prepped in a bowl with garlic

  1. Step Three: Carefully remove the hot tray from the oven and use tongs to transfer the beans from the bowl to the pan. Hear that sizzle! Spread them out in a single layer.
  2. Step Four: Bake for 8-12 minutes until crisp-tender.
oven roasted garlic green beans on baking sheet

This vibrant zesty roasted green beans recipe does well with anything creamy, sweet, and starchy.

Pair them with other sides like Roasted Carrots and Roasted Red Potatoes or slow cooker cheesy potatoes alongside crockpot brisket with BBQ sauce.

They’d be great with slow cooker Mississippi chicken, garlic butter baked chicken, and of course a whole seasoned chicken as well.

  • Spread the beans apart enough so that there is room for the heat to circulate. This is how they crisp up. Otherwise, if they’re too close, the heat will transfer making them soggy.
  • I use foil to line my baking sheet for easy cleanup and to ensure they don’t stick, however you don’t have to. You can make these without the aluminum foil, which may help with added crispness.
  • If you don’t have fresh garlic, feel free to use garlic powder instead.
  • Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top for a twist.
  • Slivered almonds or pine nuts are always a nice addition to green beans. Adds a bit of crunch.
  • Toss in some red pepper flakes for heat.
  • For extra lemon flavor, use lemon zest as well as the juice.

How to store leftovers

Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How long will oven roasted beans last in the fridge?

They will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the fridge. They will get soggy the longer they sit, but they’ll still taste great.

Can I freeze them?

You can. Although, I recommend freezing them just after they cool. So, within an hour or so. Otherwise, if you freeze them later on, they’ll be soggy. This means they’ll be soggy once thawed too.

How to reheat baked green beans?

You can reheat these baked green beans in a skillet on the stovetop, in the oven, the air fryer, or the microwave. If they’re frozen, thaw them first in the fridge.

oven roasted garlic green beans in white plate
Can I use frozen green beans?

You can! You can either thaw them first or just rinse them under water to remove the ice. Then, pat them dry to get rid of as much moisture as you can.

Does this recipe work for other vegetables?

Yes! The olive oil, garlic, and lemon marinade works great for all kinds of veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts just to name a few.

bowl of green beans with text overlay reading "oven roasted lemon garlic green beans".
roasted green beans in a white bowl.
4.78 from 18 votes

Oven Baked Green Beans

Servings: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Oven baked green beans are a super simple and healthy side dish that I can never stop eating! Only five ingredients in this side dish that pairs well with just about anything.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound fresh green beans trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice juice of a medium lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and place a foil covered baking sheet into the oven to get hot.
  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl & toss to coat.
  • Let the ingredients marinate for 20+ minutes.
  • Carefully add the green beans to the hot pan, spreading to a single layer. You should hear them sizzle immediately.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes, until crisp tender.

Notes

  • If you don’t have fresh green beans, frozen green beans will work just the same. 
  • Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. They reheat well in the microwave or air fryer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1177mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1565IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2.4mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published October 5, 2011; photos updated April 10, 2019

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26 Comments

  1. These green beans were so good! The whole family loved them, even my picky sister who refuses to eat anything green. I added some shredded Parmesan cheese, as well. Can’t wait to make this again!

  2. Hello Melissa,
    Thanks for the recipe! I found it on Pinterest. I am making it for the first time tonight and my son has already commented on how good it smells. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Just found this recipe on pinterest, had some fresh green beans from the farm + was looking for a different and quick way to cook them up instead of steaming. They turned out great, even my picky kids loved them! Didn’t have time to let them marinate, but we’re very delicious anyway! Thanks!

    1. Yay – love hearing that Renee! Thanks for letting me know =) Next time, marinate them and they’ll be even better. I made them last week and they were so good.

  4. A neighbor brought these green beans to a block pot luck. Everyone went nuts over them!! It’s the reason I put Yummly on my computer! Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5 stars
    Here’s my comment. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ l have made this green beans oven baked side dish a million times. Tonight is Thanksgiving Eve and I’m marinating the beans over night. I’ve never done that before. My friends brother is allergic to milk so this is the perfect treat for him. It’s easy and delicious. I’m happy I found your recipe.

  6. 4 stars
    I’m about to roast green beans and found your recipe. I’ve never seen lemon juice in the recipes for roasted green beans, so I’m gonna try it. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Hi, this may be a silly question, but would this still work okay with frozen green beans? If so, would the recipe need to be adjusted at all? Thanks! I’m excited to try these. They sound delicious!