All Grown Up: Green Bean Dishes For Adults

Green beans shouldn’t be abandoned the moment you graduate off the kid’s menu. Their culinary versatility, crispy texture, and mellow flavor are well suited to a variety of different cuisines and flavor profiles, making them a serious work horse in the kitchen. Don’t believe us? Check out these dishes!

Grilled Green Beans

Is it just us or do char marks make everything look better? We love grilled green beans because they balance simplicity and flavor perfectly. When it comes to complimentary flavors, we like to draw inspiration from Asian cuisine; try coating your green beans in a mixture of soy sauce, chili garlic paste, and red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. 

Green Bean Casserole

Interestingly enough, this classic Thanksgiving dish was originally created by Campbell’s Soup Company in the 1950’s. Although it’s commonly associated with Thanksgiving, there’s no reason why you can’t serve it throughout the fall to keep that holiday spirit going. For a simple twist, try melting some sharp cheddar on top!

Bacon Wrapped Greens Beans

Who says that green beans don’t have a classy side? Texture wise, green beans and bacon are a match made in heaven because each bite is equal parts crispy and filling. If you can source thinner green beans, do it; smaller beans can improve your dish’s overall presentation and flavor. 

Stir-Fried Garlic Green Beans

Another dish from the Asian pantheon, this dish makes a huge impact with only a few ingredients. Traditionally, this Szechuan favorite calls for green beans, garlic, oyster sauce, onions, and a dash of salt, but there are variants that incorporate spicy ingredients like fresh ginger and chili peppers. For this one, make sure to cook quickly on high heat.

Green Bean and Potato Soup

If you’re looking for a hearty, comforting dish, green bean and potato soup is your guy. Fresh green beans are a great counterpoint to the creamy broth and hearty potatoes, plus they provide a stellar pop of color. To bring a little more sophistication to the bowl, try adding caramelized onions or baked bacon bits!

Green Bean Curry

Continuing the tradition of cheap and flavorful Indian dishes, green bean curry is a wonderful option for vegetarian eaters. Best of all, green bean curry is healthy and easy to prepare; you can easily complete the dish in 20 minutes! It’s important to note that many recipes call for potentially harder to find ingredients like sambal and fenugreek, but we wouldn’t recommend substituting them. Your dish will taste more authentic if you stick with the classics.