10+ Sauces for Green Beans: Quick + Easy Recipes

Green beans are a versatile vegetable that can be cooked in a variety of ways. They can be steamed, roasted, stir-fried, or even grilled. But no matter how you cook them, a flavorful sauce can really take them to the next level. Here’s 10+ of our favorite sauces for green beans!

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The BEST Sauces for Green Beans

Garlic Sauce: Douse your green beans in a flavor packed garlic sauce to take them to the next level!
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Green Beans in Creamy Parmesan Sauce - with bacon!
Creamy Parmesan Sauce: This classic sauce is made with butter, Parmesan cheese, and a touch of lemon juice. It's rich and flavorful, and it pairs perfectly with green beans.
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Charred Green Beans with Cilantro Vinaigrette (Grilled Green Beans) - A Beautiful Plate
Cilantro Lime Sauce: This fresh and flavorful sauce is made with cilantro, lime juice, and a touch of garlic. It's perfect for grilled or roasted green beans, and it's a great way to add some brightness to the dish.
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Sesame Ginger Sauce: This Asian-inspired sauce is made with sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. It's light and flavorful, and it gives green beans a delicious Asian twist.
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Balsamic Glaze: This sweet and tangy glaze is made with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and a touch of honey. It's perfect for roasted green beans, and it adds a touch of elegance to any dish.
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Lemon Butter Sauce: This simple sauce is made with butter, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. It's light and refreshing, and it's perfect for highlighting the natural flavor of green beans.
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Garlic and Herb Sauce: This herbaceous sauce is made with garlic, herbs, and olive oil. It's simple to make, but it's packed with flavor. It's perfect for grilled or roasted green beans.
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Honey Mustard Green Beans – Turnip the Oven
Honey Mustard Sauce: This sweet and tangy sauce is made with honey, Dijon mustard, and a touch of vinegar. It's perfect for roasted or grilled green beans, and it's a great way to add some sweetness to the dish.
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roasted green beans with spicy mayo dipping sauce
Sriracha Mayo Sauce: This spicy and creamy sauce is made with sriracha sauce, mayonnaise, and a touch of lime juice. It's perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal, and it's sure to add some heat to your green beans.
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Moroccan Spiced Sauce: This exotic and flavorful sauce is made with Moroccan spices, such as cumin, coriander, and turmeric. It's perfect for roasted or steamed green beans, and it's a great way to add some international flair to your dish.
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These are just a few of the many sauces that you can use to dress up green beans. So next time you’re cooking green beans, don’t be afraid to get creative with the sauce. You might just be surprised at how delicious they can be.

Here are some additional tips for making flavorful green beans:

  • Use fresh green beans whenever possible. They will have the best flavor.
  • Trim the ends of the green beans before cooking. This will help them cook evenly.
  • Don’t overcook the green beans. They should be tender-crisp, not mushy.
  • Serve the green beans immediately after cooking. This will help them retain their flavor and texture.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to make delicious green beans that everyone will enjoy.

How to make ahead and store

Many of these green bean sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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10+ Sauces for Green Beans

Green beans can be steamed, roasted, stir-fried, or grilled. But a flavorful sauce can take them to the next level. Here's 10+ delicious sauces for green beans! Try these green beans with lots of savory garlic and a spicy chili crisp. It’s the best umami-forward side dish to pair with all of your takeout-inspired favorites!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 ½ pounds green beans (ends trimmed (about 4 cups))
  • 8 cloves garlic (minced (about 2 Tablespoons))
  • Neutral oil (for frying – like avocado oil, sunflower oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, the amount used will depend on the size of your skillet)
  • 1 Tablespoon chicken broth concentrate (like better than bouillon, or chicken bouillon powder)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon chili crisp ( or chili oil, optional)
  • Salt (to taste)


  • Optional: Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 20 seconds, then place in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Pat them very dry after draining.
  • If you don’t dry thoroughly, splattering and popping can occur with the oil.
  • Once the beans are dry, pour some neutral oil into a large skillet, just enough to submerge the beans, about ½-1-inch. Heat the oil over high heat, it should be around 350-degrees. To test the temperature of the oil, drop a bean into the skillet. It should start to sizzle immediately.
  • Once the oil is hot, add a handful of beans and fry until you see wrinkling and blistering on the skin, it should take 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove the beans with a slotted spoon or tongs and set aside on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining green beans.
  • Remove all but 1 TBSP oil from the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth concentrate (or bouillon powder) and water and stir to combine. Return the green beans to the pan and cook for 30 seconds longer. Season with salt and drizzle with chili oil, if desired. Enjoy!


Store leftovers covered and in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. To reheat, either warm the beans in the microwave or a skillet over medium heat.
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Large Skillet


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1174IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg

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