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Best Frozen Green Bean Recipes

We have shared How to Cook Frozen Green Beans in all different ways. Now is the time to talk about frozen green bean recipes you can make as side dishes or in casseroles for the holidays, or year round.

Frozen Green Bean Recipes

You can make about any recipe with frozen green beans, we will show you how. Whether you bake inside your dish to get tender, blanch first and then fry or air fry to crispy they make a cheap vegetable dish that is family friendly. (affiliate links present)

What Can You Make with Frozen Green Beans

Most dishes use these right out of the bag. If you need them quickly defrosted beforehand you can blanch vegetables before using them in dishes. This might be best for those that require a shorter cooking time or a crisp texture.

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This step involves briefly boiling quickly and then immediately placing them in ice water to stop the cooking process. This helps retain their color and keeps them crisper. I recommend this for dishes like our Fried Green Beans which you want to stay on the firmer side.

Are frozen green beans better than canned? That depends on your personal preferences, nutritional considerations, and intended use. Frozen vegetables often have a fresher taste and better texture compared to canned stored in water. They tend to retain more of their natural crispness and flavor.

What Can You Make with Frozen Green Beans

Recipes with Frozen Green Beans

You can of course cook Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans to the texture you want and then fold them into your dish when that is done. If you really want to make sure they stay firmer with a bit of a crisp. Cooked inside of a dish will soften quite a bit so keep that in mind.

Frozen Green Bean Casserole

  1. Cheesy Green Bean Casserole is a classic side dish made with frozen veggies, cream of mushroom soup, cheese in this case and crispy fried onions. This is a staple at many holiday gatherings. You can jump to recipe right now if you want this one.
  2. Stir-Fry you can certainly add frozen green beans to stir-fry dishes with other vegetables, protein (such as chicken, beef, or tofu), and your choice of stir-fry sauce.
  3. Green Beans with Ham and Potatoes … sometimes I add onions too is a cheap and simple side dish that goes with just about any main dish.
  4. How Long to Cook Fresh Green Beans on Stove with olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasonings, in a large skillet is here. Same steps go for frozen too but just a little longer.
    • You can also choose to roast them in the oven like our Sheet Pan Green Beans until they are slightly crispy.
  5. Use your pressure cook mode to make Ninja Foodi Green Beans with slivered almonds and butter for a classic and elegant easy side dish. A great option when you don’t have a lot of time.
  6. Green bean salad is where you just defrost and blanch them, then use them as a base for a cold green bean salad with cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.
  7. Crockpot Potato Soup with Frozen Hashbrowns with 1 cup of these thrown in for the last hour until tener makes for an easy dinner especially if made in the slow cooker.
  8. Green Bean Frittata along with eggs, cheese, and other veggies is great for breakfast.
  9. Use them inside a vegetable curry alongside other vegetables and your choice of protein for an busy weeknight dish.
  10. Green Bean and Bacon Bundles is where you secure a few together with toothpicks, wrap with pork and bake until crispy.

If you wanted to make Air Fryer Green Bean Fries I would quickly blanch them for these too so they maintain a bit of crisp like fries. I have one of our favorite dishes served with a weeknight dinner below. You can print recipe to keep on hand or come back!! Frozen string beans are best if you ask me for the ideal texture.

Recipes with Frozen Green Beans

How do you defrost frozen green beans

Defrosting frozen green beans is a simple process, and there are a few methods you can choose from depending on your time frame and how you plan to use them. Here are three common methods for defrosting frozen green beans:

  1. Thawing frozen green beans in the refrigerator
    • Place the sealed bag or container in the refrigerator.
    • Allow to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. The exact time will depend on the quantity and the temperature of your refrigerator.
    • Once thawed, these can be used to cook quickly in your desired recipes.
  2. How to thaw frozen vegetables in a Cold Water Bath
    • Place the sealed bag in a large bowl or basin.
    • Fill the bowl with cold water, making sure the bag is fully submerged.
    • Change the water every 30 minutes to maintain a consistent temperature.
    • The beans should thaw within 1 hour, depending on the quantity and thickness of the beans.
    • Once thawed, drain before using them.
    • Or open, put into a colander and run cold water over until slightly thawed to make Crack Green Beans.
  3. How to defrost frozen green beans in the Microwave
    • Transfer as many as you’d like to a microwave-safe dish.
    • Use the microwave’s defrost setting or set it to a low power level (around 30% power).
    • Microwave in short, 30-second bursts, checking the beans between each burst.
    • Continue until they are no longer frozen but still slightly crisp. Be cautious not to overcook them.
    • Use them immediately in your recipe.

Keep in mind that the microwave method is the quickest but may result in slightly softer outcomes compared to the other methods. The refrigerator method is the slowest but preserves the texture well. The cold water bath method is a good compromise between speed and texture preservation. After thawing, you can use in various recipes that cook quickly, or as a simple side dish.

How do you defrost frozen green beans

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Frozen Green Bean Recipes

Frozen green bean recipes come out better than canned. How to cook them simple as a side dish, blanch, cook in a casserole or in a soup.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, frozen green beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 129kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Preheat the oven to 360 F. Fry the mushrooms in butter for 5-7 minutes on the stove to soften a bit. Add the frozen green beans to a bowl, as well as the sautéed mushrooms and 1/4 cup of crispy onions.
  • Add 2/3 cup cheese and mushroom soup. Mix thoroughly and transfer the mixture to a sprayed square baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle on top the remaining cheese and remaining crispy onions on top and bake for another 10 minutes.


Nutrition Facts
Frozen Green Bean Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 510mg22%
Potassium 155mg4%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 347IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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