These 20-minute Crack Green Beans live up to their name. Made with frozen green beans, bacon, and a sweet & savory sauce, these are so good! I used frozen green beans, which are crisper, fresher, and tastier than canned green beans.
These are easy enough to make as a quick weeknight side dish but also nice enough to serve as a holiday side.
Why you will love these Bacon Crack Green Beans
- They only take 20 minutes to make
- Double or triple this recipe for a crowd
- Sweet and savory- everyone will love it
Frozen Whole Green Beans: You can use whole or cut green beans; both can be found in the grocery store freezer section.
Bacon: Chop up ⅓ pound (about 5 pieces) of raw bacon and cook in a large skillet.
Brown Sugar: Makes it sweet but not too sweet.
Soy Sauce: Makes the green beans really savory. Make sure to use low sodium, so the green beans aren't too salty.
Butter: Adds flavor to the green beans.
Garlic & Onion Powder: Adds flavor.
🔪 How to Make These Green Beans
1. Cook Bacon: Cook raw chopped bacon until it's crispy. Place the bacon on paper towels to drain excess fat, drain the leftover fat from the skillet and dispose of it properly.
2. Warm-Up Green Beans: Over medium heat, add frozen green beans and saute until they are warm. Stir them occasionally to cook evenly.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients: Add the cooked bacon, brown sugar, soy sauce, butter, garlic powder, and onion powder.
4. Thicken Sauce: Toss until a thick sauce is formed, about 3 minutes.
🥡 How to Store
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
These reheat in the microwave very well.
Green beans and bacon that are covered in a sweet and savory sauce made from brown sugar, soy sauce, butter, and spices. These green beans are sweet, savory, and so good!
This recipe makes 4 decent-sized servings. You can double and triple the quantities in the recipe card below to meet your needs.
👩🍳Tips & Tricks
Grocery stores sell frozen green beans cut into different styles. I like using whole green beans because they look nicer. You can also use cut green beans. French-cut green beans are an option, but I personally don't like using them.
Crack Green Beans
- 1 pound frozen whole green beans
- ⅓ pound bacon raw and chopped
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce regular soy sauce will be too salty
- 1 ½ tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- pepper to taste
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the raw chopped bacon and cook until it's crispy.
- Place the bacon on a paper towel to drain excess fat, drain the leftover fat from the skillet and dispose of it properly.
- Add the skillet back to the stove. Oven medium heat, add the frozen green beans, and saute until they are warm. Stir them occasionally, so they cook evenly.
- Add the cooked bacon, brown sugar, soy sauce, butter, garlic powder, and onion powder to the skillet. Toss until a thick sauce is formed, about 3 minutes. Pepper to taste.