Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon

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Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon is a fresh and delicious way to enjoy fresh green beans. These easy-roasted green Beans are seasoned with shallot, garlic, lemon juice + lemon zest and then roasted to perfection in olive oil. No boiling is required, and ready in 20 minutes!

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They’re simple to make any night of the week as a side dish and special for holidays or special occasion meals. Serve these easy roasted green beans with simple roast chicken, seared thin pork chops, oven-roasted turkey tenderloin, beef tenderloin, or perfect prime rib roast and the easiest mashed potatoes or honey-glazed carrots recipe.

Easy Roasted Green Beans

This roasted green beans recipe with garlic and lemon is the quick and easy vegetable side dish you need! The pop of lemon and garlic pairs well with the earthiness of the green beans.

Here are a couple more recipes you will love Flat Green Beans with Tomatoes, Beans and Greens, Vegetarian Butternut Squash, Green Bean Casserole, Tuscan Roasted Broccoli Recipe, and Longhorn Steakhouse Crispy Brussels Sprouts Recipe.

Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon on a serving platter.

Simple Ingredients

There are only a handful of ingredients in this delicious side dish recipe. Make sure to use fresh green beans and not frozen ones, or they won’t get as crispy.

ingredient shot for recipe
  • Fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed 
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Shallot
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon Zest
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper to taste 

See the recipe card for quantities.

How to Make Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon (Step-by-Step Photos)

In four easy steps and one sheet pan, you can enjoy the most delicious green beans! You will appreciate the minimal cleanup.

Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon marinade for green beans (process)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, shallot, and garlic. 

process: adding marinate to raw green beans.

Add the green beans to a large bowl and toss them with the olive oil mixture. I use my hands to make sure the beans are well coated.

placing green beans on sheet pan to bake.

Spread the coated green beans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

placing green beans on sheet pan to bake. (process after baking)

Roast them until tender and slightly browned on the edges, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon close up of finished dish.

Types of Green beans to Use for Roasting

Green beans are available at your local grocery store all year. In North America, they’re in season from late spring through the fall.

Green Beans (look for these varieties):

  • Thin green beans
  • Petite/tiny green beans
  •  Green beans
  • Haricot verts

You can use fresh green beans or frozen beans for this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite type of green bean variety.

Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon on a plate with a serving plater in the background.

Choosing the Perfect Green Beans

Green beans should always be bright green with no brown blemishes. The texture is firm and snappy, rather than soft and bendy.

Also, I don’t recommend buying bigger green beans because they’re usually tougher and more fibrous. You can use thin French green beans (a.k.a. haricots verts), or regular green beans for this recipe.

Variations

  • Spicy – add red pepper flakes after roasting to imbue heat into the dish.
  • Cheesy – add a little Parmigiano Reggiano (or parmesan cheese) during the last minute of cooking for a cheesy topping.
  • Beans –  this recipe works perfectly for edamame or sugar snap peas.
  • Veggie Mix-ins: add small button mushrooms or halved cherry tomatoes to the baking pan before roasting. After roasting, toss with crumbled, cooked bacon, or a handful of roasted slivered almonds.
  • Herbs – at the end of cooking add chopped fresh parsley to finish off the roasted green beans, or other herbs such as dill, green onions, or basil.
  • Fresh Lemon – garnish the roasted green beans with extra lemon wedges. lemon zest, and squeeze a little lemon juice over the green beans for added flavor.
  • Orange Twist – use the same amount of orange juice and zest instead of the lemon for another variation.

What to Serve with Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon

This roasted green beans recipe pairs well with Perfect Roast Chicken with Citrus and Fennel, Steak in a Pan (Perfect Recipe), Italian Braciole Recipe (Stuffed Beef with Sauce), and Italian Fennel, Citrus, and Pomegranate Salad.

Don’t forget dessert- Classic Italian Tiramisu Recipe (Authentic), or Italian Crumb Cake with Pistachio Cream (Sbriciolata).

More Serving Suggestions

Storage

Fridge – Transfer the leftover roasted green beans with garlic and lemon to an airtight container or a jar with a lid and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezer – You can freeze them by placing the leftover roasted green beans in a freezer container for up to 3 months.

Reheating

Reheating – The best way to reheat your leftover roasted green beans with garlic and lemon is to bake them in the oven.

Top tip

  • Don’t overcrowd the baking pan. Air needs room to circulate, or the green beans will steam instead of roast.

FAQ

Are green beans healthy?

Green beans are a very healthy green vegetable and contain nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, iron, and calcium. Green beans are also low in calories, low in sodium, low in carbs, and also high in fiber. They are a wonderful vegetable to make often.

What’s the best way to roast green beans?

Cooked at high heat (about 425 degrees F) until tender and browned is the perfect way to enjoy roasted green beans. They will turn out great every time!

Do you need to blanch green beans before roasting them?

No, you do not need to blanch the green beans before roasting them. Roasting them cooks them enough. They will be tender and slightly crispy.

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Roasted Green Beans Recipe with Garlic and Lemon is a fresh and delicious way to enjoy fresh green beans. These easy Roasted Green Beans are seasoned with garlic and lemon and roasted to perfection in olive oil. So simple! 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, cleaned, trimmed, and dried.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pepper to taste

Optional Toppings after roasting

  • lemon wedges
  • freshly grated parmigiano cheese
  • roasted and sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil or spray with cooking oil. Make sure to dry your green beans well or the added water will cause them to steam in the oven. 
  • In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, shallot, and garlic. 
  • Add the green beans to a large bowl and toss them with the olive oil mixture. I use my hands to make sure the beans are well coated.
  • Spread the coated green beans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast them until tender and slightly browned on the edges, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes

Top tip

  • Don’t overcrowd the baking pan. Air needs room to circulate, or the green beans will steam instead of roast.

Variations

  • Spicy – add red pepper flakes after roasting to imbue heat into the dish.
  • Cheesy – add a little Parmigiano Reggiano (or parmesan cheese) during the last minute of cooking for a cheesy topping.
  • Beans –  This recipe works perfectly for edamame or sugar snap peas.
  • Veggie Mix-ins: Add small button mushrooms or halved cherry tomatoes to the baking pan before roasting. After roasting, toss with crumbled, cooked bacon, or a handful of roasted slivered almonds.
  • Herbs – at the end of cooking add chopped fresh parsley to finish off the roasted green beans, or other herbs such as dill, green onions, or basil.
  • Fresh Lemon – garnish the roasted green beans with garlic and lemon with extra lemon wedges and squeeze a little lemon juice over the green beans for added flavor.
  • Orange Twist – use the same amount of orange juice and zest instead of the lemon for another variation.
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  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

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