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Green Beans and Bacon

Green Beans and Bacon - bright, fresh green beans combined with butter, bacon, garlic and panko breadcrumbs. Take your green beans up a notch!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Modern Australian
Keyword green beans with bacon, green beans and bacon, garlic green beans
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 as a side
Calories Per Serve 177 kcal
Author Lee-Ann Grace | Chef Not Required


  • 500 g fresh green beans 18oz - trimmed and halved
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 bacon rashers roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed/minced
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Simmer the beans (500g/18oz) in a large pot of water until just tender. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil (2 tsp) in a frypan and cook bacon (2 rashers) until crisp.

  3. Once bacon is crisp, add butter (2 tbsp) to frypan and allow to melt. Then add garlic (2 cloves) and panko breadcrumbs (½ cup), then stir to combine.

  4. Continue to fry until breadcrumbs start to crisp and become brown.

  5. Add beans to frypan, stirring to combine and reheat.

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

I like to boil my beans, but you could also steam or microwave them - whichever you like.

My suggestion is to salt the dish at the end, just before serving. Some bacon is saltier than others, so I like to add any salt after the bacon has been added.

Once the beans have been trimmed, I then chop mine in half. Just personal preference! You could cut them smaller, or leave them whole too.

*Please note that the amount of calories per serve is provided as a guide only, as ingredients and cooking methods can vary greatly*