Balsamic Green Bean Recipe


You are going to be green bean with envy.  You have got to try this “Balsamic Green Bean” recipe.  I kid you not…they are the best green beans I have ever had.  I have been making them for a while, but I made them over Thanksgiving at my parents and everyone was eating them out of the pan in the kitchen!  Who do they think they are???  I knew it was time I shared my recipe.

The best balsamic green beans I ever had! You will not be able to stop eating them. These are low carb at it's best! Pair with a protein or eat as an appetizer!

I left the balsamic vinegar behind so my Dad could make them on his own.  They go nice with holiday dinners with ham & turkey, but they also pair nice with fish, chicken, pasta, and when you have a vegetarian in the family they always come in handy.  You can make them ahead, and they last for days in the fridge.

I do suggest trying the recipe on your own first so you know how much vinegar you prefer.  You must use balsamic vinegar for this because of the sugars in it.  The beans form almost a glaze, but not quite.

Enjoy, and please pin for later!

Balsamic Green Bean Recipe

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Balsamic Green Bean Recipe


  • large non-stick skillet
  • olive oil (approx. 2 tablespoons)
  • 4 very large handfuls of fresh whole green beans (wash & remove rough ends or rotten areas)
  • s & p (to taste)
  • balsamic vinegar (approx. 1-3 tablespoons)


After your green beans are washed and trimmed of rough areas, add generous swirls of olive oil to large non-stick skillet so the bottom is covered when you swoosh it around. If you're watching calories, you can reduce the amount of oil, and/or use cooking spray.

Turn on skillet to medium heat and add green beans.

Sprinkle beans with S & P. How much depends on your taste.

Saute on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You will hear sizzling, and that is good. You can cover, but they will cook faster.

Then add vinegar like you would to a salad sprinkling over all of the beans. The more you use, the stronger they will be. I suggest starting off with 1 tablespoon, and go up from there after you try them.

Allow to simmer 5 more minutes, but be sure to pick out the beans that cook faster (they will look darker and wilted).

Serve with a full meal, or leave out for an appetizer. They are also great room temp. or cold!

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26 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    Just made some they are half gone, and we have not eaten yet, love, Dad, in Amherst, NY

  2. Ivory says:

    My family and I are on my way to your home for dinner. This looks soooooo yummy.
    Happy holidays!

  3. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    I like to fry up some bacon until nice and crisp; (remove bacon and saute my green beans in the bacon grease along with a little diced garlic until nice and tender; add a bit of oil, or like you, add some balsamic vinegar and crumble up the bacon and add to the green beans.
    Makes for a delicious side dish.

  4. This looks so delicious Julie!….Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  5. This looks so delicious Julie!….Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  6. Beth Patterson says:

    I am so interested the brown paper holder to the right of your hutch. Was it a DIY project? Or could you tell me where to find it?
    Thanks! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  7. Chris Eberhard says:

    Hi Julie,
    I’ve been using a good balsamic on green beans for years,but I also put some diced up green onion and feta cheese with it. It just gets better as it sits”. Have a Merry Christmas.

  8. Gwen says:

    This sounded so good. We are getting meals delivered. I got green beans cooked. I want to warm them–sauté style–and add balsamic vinegar. Sounds good.

  9. Jan says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your delightful family and especially to your Dad in Amherst!

  10. Catherine Cooper says:

    Hi Julie:
    I wish you and your family a wonderful and Happy Christmas! You are so blessed. Thank you for all you share.

  11. Dad says:

    Just got another pack of pre cleaned, pre snipped green beans at Wegmans, they really work great for this recipe. Dad in Amherst NY

  12. […] Just look how amazing they look after they are done!  I usually serve “Chicken Loretta” with mashed cauliflower potatoes, and my favorite green beans. […]

  13. […] of chicken (I get the Costco rotisserie one once a week) and veggies such as mashed cauliflower, or green beans.  Here’s my LOW CARB CHICKEN DINNER FEAST, too.  Snacks consist of a lean protein such as […]

  14. Inga Zahodnik says:

    Beans sound yummy. Can you send me the cauliflower mashed potato recipe mentioned. Thanks for all your ideas
    Inga from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

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