This is the BEST canned green bean recipe because it's cheap, easy, and pretty flavorful too! Perfect for a fast and simple side dish to complement any meal.
You'll never need another canned green bean recipe again, although it doesn't hurt to keep this Air Fryer Canned Green Beans recipe handy.
Seasoning our green beans in a skillet with some butter adds so much flavor with minimal effort. I love this recipe so much that my family asks for it often. I usually swap it out for our Easy Canned Corn Recipe to keep us from getting bored (as if that were possible).
This is one of our go-to recipes for all of the right reasons. I'm sure you're going to love them just as much as we do! And if you want more canned veggie recipes, be sure to try our Air Fryer Canned Corn too!
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's really simple. All you need is just a can of veggies and some basic pantry staple seasonings. The preparation takes hardly any time at all, and all you'll need is a skillet and a can opener.
- You can double or triple the recipe. Looking to make green beans for a crowd, or simply wanting bigger-sized portions? Just multiply the recipe as needed, and make sure to use a large skillet. Note that instead of using 4 or 5 cans of green beans, you can just get a 10-pound can from Sam's Club (usually Del Monte brand).
- It's customizable. You can adjust the seasonings as needed to suit your own taste, add more spice, omit some spice, etc.
Canned green beans- Use a can of your favorite green beans. I like to select the ones that have the least amount of sodium, as some can contain very little while others can contain a ton. Note that you can use French style or "fancy cut" green beans.
Butter- You can use salted or unsalted butter, depending on what you have on hand. Margarine is also okay to use.
Seasonings- You will need onion powder, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes to give these green beans a lot of delicious flavor.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
This is a great way to add more flavor and deliciousness to these green beans. You can turn an average veggie into a southern favorite by just adding bacon.
You can just toss in some Costco bacon crumbles at the end, or cook bacon in the skillet, drain the grease, (leave the brown bits in the pan), and then cook green beans as directed before adding chopped bacon back into the skillet.
If you add it in, you may want to wait until the very end before adding salt to these green beans, just in case your bacon adds saltiness.
🔪 Instructions for the Canned Green Bean Recipe
Step 1: Drain the green beans and rinse them off with cold water in a colander. (This removes extra salt from the brine and helps to remove the "tin can taste."
Step 2: Add the olive oil and butter to a large skillet and heat over medium heat until sizzling.
Step 3: Add in the green beans and seasonings.
Step 4: Cook, uncovered while stirring occasionally until fully heated through.
Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Here are some great tips on how to prepare canned green beans:
If you're trying to reduce some sodium in your diet, you'll want to make sure to double-check the backs of the cans of green beans at the store.
Some brands are much higher in sodium content, and I have personally found the ones saying "organic" to be higher in sodium than regular.
Draining and rinsing the beans in water will help to remove some of the excess sodium since most of it is in the liquid.
Make sure to be gentle as you stir the green beans because they are pretty easy to squish. I like the regular-cut green beans because they're a little more forgiving than french cut, but you can use whichever you have on hand.
You can reheat these green beans in a skillet on the stove over medium heat, or on a microwave-safe plate for about 30 seconds in the microwave. I prefer the microwave if I'm heating 1-2 servings, but the skillet can be handy for a larger portion.
Keep your green beans stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days.
💭 Recipe FAQs
Green beans are full of great vitamins and nutrients like vitamin K, calcium, potassium, fiber, and folic acid. Canned veggies can be just as healthy and nutritious as fresh or frozen veggies because canning helps to preserve these qualities.
You don't "have to" rinse your green beans, but I recommend doing it whenever a recipe specifically asks for it (like this one does). This helps to improve the flavor and helps the green beans to retain shape when cooked.
By adding flavors! If you simply reheat a can of green beans without adding anything to it, there's a good chance no one will want to eat it as-is. But, if we add salt, pepper, and a few more spices to it, we can really have a delicious dish everyone will enjoy.
There are roughly 2 cups of cut green beans in a 15 ounce can. There's also about ¾ cups of liquid in the can. Note that the volume will vary from can to can so these numbers are estimates and not exact.
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The Best Canned Green Bean Recipe
- 1 can (14-15oz) Green beans, drained ($0.64)
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil ($0.14)
- 2 Tablespoons Butter ($0.25)
- ½ teaspoon Onion powder ($0.04)
- ¼ teaspoon Salt ($0.01)
- ¼ teaspoon Black pepper ($0.02)
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic powder ($0.02)
- ¼ teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes *optional ($0.02)
- Drain the green beans and rinse them off with cold water in a colander. (This removes extra salt from the brine and helps to remove the "tin can taste."
- Add the olive oil and butter to a large skillet and heat over medium heat until sizzling.
- Add in the green beans and seasonings.
- Cook, uncovered while stirring occasionally until fully heated through.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.