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Roasted Green Beans 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 garlic and lemon and roasted to perfection in olive oil. So simple! 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 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


  • 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.


Top tip

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


  • 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.

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian