Easy Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

They say it's not easy being (or eating) green...

...but I call BS! This recipe couldn't be easier, or tastier. Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best!

Any 80's or 90's babies out there grow up on canned veggies and iceberg lettuce salads? I swear the only veggies I ate growing up were canned green beans, creamed corn, iceberg lettuce drowned in ranch or slimy brussel sprouts. #YUCK

My appreciation for fresh veggies didn't really start until I moved to California 12 years ago. I went to a farmer's market for the first time and was amazed at all the beautiful, fresh options. Purple carrots, yes, please. Heirloom tomatoes? I ate them like apples.

One veggie I could never get behind though was green beans. I'd have them at Chinese restaurants sometimes, usually spicy or garlicky and they were ok, but I rarely, if ever, made them at home.

UNTIL I roasted them in the oven! GAME CHANGER! They came out kinda crispy, kinda charred (in a good way) and almost like french fries. I couldn't stop eating them and neither could hubby.

There is almost no prep, 3 (4?) ingredients and a quick 20-25 minute roast in the oven. You can dress them up with truffle salt or fresh lemon zest & parmesan or dip them in sriracha mayo or curry ketchup. Call them "monster" fries and watch the little ones gobble them up.

Could you use an air fryer? probably 🤷🏻‍♀️ I don't have one, but I've tried conventional and the convection setting (shorter cook time 18ish minutes) on my oven and they turned out the same.

I dare ya to serve these up for Thanksgiving instead of green bean casserole!

Roasted Green Beans Recipe


1 lb trimmed green beans, washed and dried off (key to getting them crispy)

Olive oil or cooking spray

salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Lightly spray or grease a large cookie sheet

  3. Add green beans.

  4. Drizzle beans with olive oil or spray with cooking spray and season with salt & pepper

  5. Toss gently to coat.

  6. Place in oven and back for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.

  7. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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