Crack Green Beans

Green beans and bacon are a fantastic combination of flavors. But, this recipe takes them to the next level by coating the green beans in a sweet and savory glaze and topping them with crispy bacon! Easy to make, quick, and delicious, this recipe is the perfect side dish to pair with any main dish.
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About This Crack Green Beans Recipe

Let’s be honest, the main meal is not complete without one or two sides. And sometimes, making the main course can take some effort. So, I’m all about easy and delicious side dishes to accompany my mains.

Green beans are a staple food in many kitchens around the world and can be cooked in a number of different ways. Besides being versatile, they are also highly nutritious and quite delicious, making them a great addition to our diet. These legumes are full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, providing several health benefits including improving heart and gut health.

Green beans always come in handy, and if you combine them with crispy bacon, even better! But what if we elevate this dish even more and coat them in a sweet and savory glaze? The result is a fantastic combination of flavors, with every bite full of deliciousness.

I have no doubt that once you try this recipe, it will become one of your go-to side dishes for any occasion.

To make this crack green beans recipe, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients, about 10 minutes of preparation, and then the oven will do all the work for you.

It’s the perfect meal that everyone will love! Grab your ingredients, and try it!

Crack Green Beans

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Crack Green Beans Recipe Ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Green Beans: I have used fresh long green beans, which have a tougher exterior but a slightly sweeter flavor than green beans. As the green beans are cooked in the oven for around 30 minutes, the fresh beans will hold up their shape much better than frozen or canned green beans.
  • Bacon: I like to use streaky bacon, which is the regular type of bacon that I can find in any supermarket. When cooked, it crisps up very well.
  • Garlic Powder: It adds an extra boost of flavor to the green beans. I like to use the powder instead of the fresh garlic in this recipe because the powder coats the green beans better, making each bite super delicious.
  • Soy Sauce: It provides a wonderful salty, sweet, and umami flavor to the dish.
  • Butter: The melted butter will help to coat the green beans well, making them super delicious.
  • Brown Sugar: I like to add just a little bit of brown sugar to balance all the flavors.

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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Green Beans: I have used fresh long green beans, but they can be substituted with normal green beans, fresh, frozen, or canned.
  • Bacon: I like to use streaky bacon that I cooked myself, but it can be substituted with bacon crumbles if you wish.
  • Soy Sauce: I like the umami flavor of soy sauce, but you can also use oyster sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or hoisin sauce.
  • Butter: I always like to use unsalted butter, especially in this recipe since I’m using soy sauce. You can also use salted butter, but then I suggest choosing a light soy sauce with a reduced quantity of salt.

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What can I serve with this side dish?

This crack green beans recipe makes a versatile side dish and goes well with almost everything. I like to serve them with roasted chicken or turkey, steaks, fish, or meatloaf.

How can I store these crack green beans?

You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. To serve them, you can reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes.

Crack Green Beans

Crack Green Beans

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 40 mins


These crack green beans are a quick, easy, and super delicious side dish that goes pretty well with almost everything.

Yield: 2 servings


How To Make Crack Green Beans With Bacon Step By Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ (350℉).

  2. Cut each slice of bacon in half and cook them in a skillet until crisp.

    Crack Green Beans Recipe Step 2
  3. Wash, dry, and cut the green beans at the desired length, not too long and not too short, at about 6-7 cm (2-3 inches), discarding the ends.

    Crack Green Beans Recipe Step 3
  4. Mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, and melted butter, forming a glaze.

    Crack Green Beans Recipe Step 4
  5. Toss the green beans with the glaze, making sure they are well coated.

    Crack Green Beans Recipe Step 5
  6. Place the green beans into a baking dish, add the strips of bacon, or crumble them if you wish on top of the beans, and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Enjoy it with the rest of your meal!

    Crack Green Beans Recipe Step 6


  • The fresh long green beans keep their shape well while remaining crunchy. If you want them softer, just cook for another 5-10 more minutes.