Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans

If you are coming to this post for a healthy and delicious side dish . . . well, I have the delicious part covered. 🙂
These green beans are pretty much like candy and I can devour a pound of them in one sitting. The sweet from the brown sugar and the salty from the bacon take these beans over the top! Add a good amount of butter and you have an INCREDIBLE dish!

Since the main ingredient is green beans, these can be considered healthy food, right?! 🙂
(Moderation in all things . . . a little bacon and brown sugar every now and then won’t hurt!)

If all vegetables were prepared this way, I think that it would be my favorite food group!

Serves: 4

Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 6 bacon strips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen green beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until done (but not quite crisp).
  2. Drain off grease and add butter and brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  3. Steam the Green Beans in the bag if they are steamable, otherwise place the green beans in a pot and fill with about 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil and then place the lid on the pot.
  4. Steam the beans over medium heat until cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Drain the water from the beans, season with garlic salt, and stir in the sugar and bacon mixture.
  6. Serve immediately.


If the brown sugar mixture starts to go hard, you can quickly reheat it before pouring it over your beans.

Recipe slightly adapted from AllRecipes.

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24 Responses to “Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans”

  1. suzyhomemaker
    I would absolutely say healthy. Use some grass-fed butter and nitrate-free bacon. The great thing is that many vitamins are fat soluble, which means you need fat to absorb them. So having some fat with vegetables is actually better than not! Ok, so the sugar I cannot justify as healthy, but overall I think this is a pretty good side dish.
  2. Samantha Jo
    Absolutely going to make these for the boyfriend and I. They look delicious! Even if you wanted to make it a bit healthier, you could ditch the sugar and just use some turkey bacon. But really, who would wanna do that?! xP Thanks so much for the recipe!

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