Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan are the best way to enjoy green beans!  Simply toss them in olive oil, roast until caramelized, and sprinkle with parmesan for a side dish everyone will love!

overhead shot of roasted green beans on a serving platter

**This recipe was originally published in February 2013.  The photos have been updated, and the text has been modified to be more informative.

How many times have we heard that green beans should be boiled or steamed, then shocked in an ice bath to maintain their beautiful, bright green hue?  

I’ve heard it countless times, and I’m putting it to rest right here.  

These Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan defy the notion that green beans must be bright green to be appealing. 

In my opinion, caramelization is much more appealing, and parmesan cheese definitely doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

platter of roasted green beans with serving spoon

Why you’ll love these Roasted Green Beans

  • They’re tender and caramelized, with the salty, nutty flavor of parmesan cheese.
  • They’re easy to make, and are on the table in about 20 minutes.
  • You only need 3 ingredients for the recipe.
  • These green beans will even appeal to finicky eaters!
  • This is a versatile side dish that’s perfect alongside almost any meal.

roasted green beans with parmesan on baking sheet

Oven Roasted Green Beans ingredients

  • Fresh green beans
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese 
  • Salt and pepper

How to roast green beans

Roasting green beans couldn’t be easier.  Since green beans don’t take long to cook, they’re roasted at a high temperature for maximum caramelization in a fairly short period of time.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash and trim the green the beans.
  • Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast for about 15-20 minutes until caramelized and at your desired level of doneness.

roasted green beans process collage 1

  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Adjust the seasoning as necessary and serve!

roasted green beans on baking sheet with and without parmesan

What type of green beans should I use?

I recommend using fresh green beans for this roasted green beans recipe.  If you use haricorts verts, which are thin, delicate French green beans, they will take less time to cook as they’re much smaller.

While frozen green beans may be used in this recipe, you won’t get the same results as fresh due to the water content.  If you’d like to use frozen green beans, be sure to thaw them and blot them dry before tossing in olive oil.

close up of roasted green beans with parmesan on a serving platter

How to serve roasted green beans

This dish is very versatile and may served alongside the following main dishes:

Recipe Notes:

  • Store leftover roasted green beans in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • If using haricorts verts, decrease cooking time to about 10 minutes as they’re considerably smaller than traditional green beans.
  • Frozen green beans may be used in this recipe, but won’t give you the same results as fresh.  Frozen green beans should be thawed completely and blotted dry before tossing in olive oil.
  • Make this recipe vegan by substituting the parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast.

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan on serving platter with linen

More green bean recipes you’ll love:

Green bean casserole

Green bean salad by Cookie + Kate

Instant pot vegetable soup

Salmon nicoise salad

Sheet pan chicken thighs

Three bean salad

Yield: 4 servings

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan

overhead shot of roasted green beans on a serving platter

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan are the best way to enjoy green beans!  Simply toss them in olive oil, roast until caramelized, and sprinkle with parmesan for a side dish everyone will love!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, washed, blotted dry and trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the green beans on a large rimmed baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper until well coated with the oil. Roast for about 15 minutes until tender and caramelized.
  3. Sprinkle the green beans with the parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Adjust the seasoning as necessary, serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store leftover roasted green beans in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • If using haricorts verts, decrease cooking time to about 10 minutes as they're considerably smaller than traditional green beans.
  • Frozen green beans may be used in this recipe, but won't give you the same results as fresh.  Frozen green beans should be thawed completely and blotted dry before tossing in olive oil.
  • Make this recipe vegan by substituting the parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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