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Old Fashioned Green Beans

These Old Fashioned Green Beans only require a handful of ingredients, easy to make and requires very little time. Simple ingredients but lots flavor!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans, old fashioned green beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 309kcal


  • 10 bacon strips chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 lb fresh green beans
  • 1/8 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste


  • Add the chopped bacon to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the bacon is nice and crisp and most of the fat has rendered, should take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce, brown sugar and water to the skillet and stir. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the green beans and toss them around a bit, so they get covered in the sauce. Reduce the heat to a medium-low, cover the skillet with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. The green beans should be crisp-tender when done.
  • Season with salt and pepper if needed, then serve.



  1. This recipe is very versatile and can be used on different types of vegetables. Try it on carrots, broccolini, asparagus, peas, or whatever your favourite vegetables are!
  2. This dish will store well in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 – 4 days. These beans will also freeze well! Just store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped for 4 – 6 months in the freezer.
  3. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 482mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1195IU | Vitamin C: 20.8mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2.1mg