Finger-lickin’ Roasted Green Beans

Hello my friends!

As a continuation of my Tasty Kitchen recipe-snatching rampage, I bring you these green beans. They are adapted from this recipe, and originally called “Roasted Green Bean Fries” because they kind of taste like French Fries.

I call these ‘finger-lickin” because I consumed well over half a pound of these with much licking of fingers in between grabbings. So if you thought ‘finger-lickin” was just a cute phrase, please also know that it was a messy and delicious reality. And unsanitary, too, if you believe in cooties.

Under normal circumstances, I estimate they would serve 3 adults as a side dish. However, anything this delicious simply cannot be categorized under the header ‘normal circumstances,’ so to be safe I would assign 1/2 lb to each human being.

Quick warning: the first time I made these, I used a blurp of olive oil without measuring. I mean, who actually measures out their cooking oil? Well, my ‘blurp’ turned out to be waaay too much, and the green beans were quite oily. Delicious as well–don’t get me wrong–but just too dang oily. So take a second and measure out that teaspoon–it really makes a difference. You’re going for a very thin coating here.


(Serves 3)

1 lb fresh green beans

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt (1/2 tsp = too much)

1/2 tsp pepper

Optional: freshly squeezed lemon juice or spicy dipping sauce

Preheat the oven to 425. Wash the green beans, snap off the stems, and put them on a baking sheet.

Pretend I took a picture of me pouring in the teaspoon of olive oil and tossing them about.

Add the salt . . .

. . . and the pepper.

Now get your hands in there and get ’em dirty!

Toss those babies until they’re all evenly coated. Here we go.

Bake them for 15 minutes, turn them over, and bake them for another 15.

Serve! If you’re trying to dress them up as a treat for the kids, serve ’em with ketchup for the illusion of fries. You can also add a little more salt to taste if necessary. For the adults, you can squeeze on some lemon juice for a punch of freshness to the ole buds.

Or you can serve them with a fun spicy dipping sauce such as this one–that would be fanstastic. Any way you spin it, they’re delicious.

And they also couldn’t be easier. I was inspired to write this small poem about them. I dedicate it to my husband, with whom I promise to share these green beans til the end of time:

I’d eat these green beans day or night

I wouldn’t share without a fight;

they’re tasty, green and oh so great

I’ll pile them high upon my plate.

But since I’m married to this man

whose name is neither Cran nor Stan

I’ll share them so I don’t get fat

forever and ever and ever. Stat.

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25 Responses to Finger-lickin’ Roasted Green Beans

  1. Circe says:

    those look so good, a nice, light side dish to take the place of fries, which I love and am addicted to.

  2. Holly says:

    I love roasted asparagus and never thought to try it with green beans. I have some in the refrigerator that just might get roasted tonight..

  3. I love this recipe, but I’m really shocked about the 30 minute cooking time seems long. But I will trust in Jenna;-p I need a new green bean recipe, mine is tired.

  4. This would be SO much better for me and boyfriend to eat than mountains of fries, which we rarely indulge in anyway.

    Jenna, you are a poetic goddess.

  5. I am totally making these. Good for the backside, too, with only a teaspoon of oil!

  6. Erica says:

    ummm…YUMMMM plz to send some to me, oh most kind elder sister? also, when are you going to reply to my email? with thoughts on dresses?

  7. Yum! I’ve tried fried green beans at a restaurant but your’s are so much healthier! Love!

  8. Sarah says:

    mmm i’ve made a similar version of these before, tossed with almonds. delicious!

  9. Wendi says:

    Jenna, I can second that roasted green beans do have a striking similarity to fries. I think it’s the hot oil and salt.

  10. YUM! I am filing this away for this summer when we have green beans in excess. Can’t wait to make your Pan-fried Cumin Sweet Potatoes too!

  11. Looks good. I’ve been roasting vegetables lately. I have to admit that it’s easier to roast than to do otherwise. I roasted a medley of veggies while cooking other parts of the dinner. The flavor was great. I’ve not tried roasting green beans. Thank you for your recipe! I really enjoy your style of imparting a recipe. Fun. All fun. Cute poem, too! Blessings to you, Jenna…

  12. Tastes like French fries? I’m in!

  13. Marco says:


    425 is that Farhenheid instead of Celsius…


  14. leashieloo says:

    I audibly “mmm’d” when I saw this post. So simple and yet it looks utterly delish!

  15. giselle says:

    These are tasty! I happened to have a bag of green beans from my co-op that I hadn’t used and were nearing their last day, so I went ahead and made them. The only thing I wish I had is the lemon, I think that would give it a little zing that mine are missing. But we’re having the snow storm of a lifetime here in Tulsa, so I was not about to try to go to the store!!

    • Jenna says:

      Glad you liked them, Giselle! And our Chicago snowstorm is just starting–as of right now, the wind is blowing, the snow’s coming down, and the windows are rattling (a LOT). Stay cozy (and safe)!

  16. Those look awesome! I actually had roasted green beans with dinner myself tonight! However, I always do mine on the stove becasue It is so so much faster! I like em as fast as I can get them!

  17. Veronica says:

    Oh mans, first kale chips and now green bean french fries! I love these new healthier options when it comes to snack foods! And if you haven’t tried kale chips, you should! So yummy. I will be making these fo sho.

    • Jenna says:

      I’ve been seeing recipes for kale chips ‘around’ (ok, fine, on Tasty Kitchen =) and I really want to try it. Seems easy enough, with a great and snacky result.

  18. Sydney says:

    Oh my goodness! I have LOVED green beans my whole life and this recipe looks wonderful. Thanks for the fantastic photos to make my mouth water even more. :)

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