Crispy Green Beans
Crispy Green Bean Fries Erin McDowell

It’s 3 p.m. You’re well aware that you should be reaching for something virtuous to snack on, so how on earth those chocolate-covered Tic Tacs ended up in your hand is beyond you. Luckily, we’ve figured out how to make vegetables more alluring when hunger strikes. These oven-baked green beans are the answer. Toss the beans with olive oil, some Parmesan and a hit of paprika and you’re on your way to deliciously crispy green bean “fries.” They’re easy, satisfying and not at all bad for you.

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Makes 4 to 6 servings
Start to Finish: 45 minutes


1 pound fresh green beans, washed and trimmed

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

½ teaspoon paprika


1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, toss the green beans with the olive oil. Add the Parmesan, salt, pepper and paprika and toss well to coat.

3. Pour the green beans onto the baking sheet and bake until crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • For added flavor, use garlic salt in place of the kosher salt.

  • You can also use frozen green beans. Just let them thaw at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

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