Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries made with bread crumbs are oven 'fried' and make for a great crunchy appetizer. These are also perfect as a healthy side dish, and they pair well with just about any main dish! They are quick and easy and the kids will eat them up!
If you are looking for fresh green bean recipes, you are in the right place! This recipe won't work well with canned or even frozen green beans, but it works best with super fresh green beans.
These crispy green beans are so easy to make and turn out super delicious without being oily or greasy.
These baked green bean fries are a no-fuss type of side dish or appetizer. Basically, I just coat them in a simple bread crumbs mixture and oven bake them for about 10 minutes.
Crispy green beans provide all the fun and even more flavor than regular fries, with none of the calories and fat! My kids do not care much for green beans in general, but this recipe had them not only enjoying them, but reaching for more.
The coating is delicious and, just like French fries, you can't eat just one!
I love that all kinds of veggies can be turned into oven baked fries. Just check out my baked eggplant fries (which also features a recipe for a yummy basil dipping sauce) or my air fryer eggplant fries, which turn even the biggest eggplant hater into a fan.
And here's a recipe for some simple but delicious Air Fryer Green Beans!
Sometimes, we do make the more traditional type of French fries, but with a twist, by coating russet potatoes in a dill mixture (see my Baked Dill Fries recipe). Even then, I like to oven bake them instead of frying. Not only is it healthier, but I also prefer to avoid all the splattered mess that results from dealing with hot oil.
Useful Tips for Making These Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries
Over the years, I have made this breaded green bean recipe many times, and I have found a few tips and tricks to share with you!
- If you like to dip your appetizers, you can serve these with my Chipotle Cheese Dip or my Cilantro Lime Dip for even more addictive deliciousness. You have to try it!
- These bean fries really are best served immediately. You get the maximum crunch and flavor when they are fresh out of the oven.
- However, in the unlikely event that you have leftovers, store them in the fridge, then reheat them in your oven or toaster oven and they will turn out almost as good as the originals, although maybe not quite as crispy.
- If you are making a double or triple batch for a lot of people, you might want to use a large zipper-close bag so you can coat a bunch of greens beans at once. Coating them a few at a time would take too long with a large number of green beans!
- Looking to change the flavors up a bit? Substitute this homemade French fry seasoning for the seasoning in this recipe. YUM!
- Hate the thought of trimming a bunch of green beans at the end of a long day? Yeah, me too! Luckily, now you can buy bags of fresh green beans that are already washed and trimmed. Sure, they are more expensive, but I know myself and I know that it's very likely that I will bail on serving a vegetable if I have to do a lot of tedious work to get it ready, so to me it's worth paying the extra money!
How to Get Crispy Green Beans Every Time
- Purchase really fresh green beans. They should easily break when you try to bend them. If they are limp and bend without breaking, they aren't as fresh as they could be.
- First, make sure your green beans are washed, well-dried, and then trimmed by cutting off the edges.
- You may want to use panko bread crumbs instead of regular bread crumbs. They tend to get the crispiest in the oven!
- Use large tweezers or small tongs (or even a fork) to dip the fresh green beans in the beaten egg and transfer to the bread crumb mixture. That way you will get a much cleaner coating of bread crumbs on the green beans.
- Make sure you aren't crowding the breaded green beans on the baking sheet or stacking them on top of each other. The more room they have, the crispier they will get.
- Serve them right away. If they sit on the baking tray for a while before serving, they lose some of their crispiness.
PRO-TIP: If you are in a big hurry and need to get your crispy green beans prepared in a snap, substitute seasoned bread crumbs in this recipe instead of having to get out all the seasoning, measure them, and combine them.
Then just dip your green beans in the beaten egg, coat with the seasoned bread crumbs, and bake as directed. Easy peasy!
Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries
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Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
- Combine the breadcrumbs, ranch mix, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.¾ cup breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper
- Dip the green beans in the egg, then in the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Place then on the baking sheet in a single layer.2 eggs, 1 pound fresh green beans
- When all green beans are coated, spray them lightly with olive oil spray.olive oil spray
- Place the baking sheet in the oven, and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove and flip them before putting them back in the oven, then bake for about 2-5 minutes until crispy.
- Shortcut 1: Buy your green beans already washed and trimmed.
- Shortcut 2: Use seasoned bread crumbs and skip the ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- If you are making a large amount, use a gallon-sized plastic zipper bag so you can coat a bunch of greens beans at once.
- Dip the fresh green beans in the beaten egg using large tweezers or small tongs (or even a fork) and then transfer to the bread crumb mixture to coat, which helps to keep your bread crumbs from clumping.
- After flipping the green beans, to get them really crispy, you can turn on the broiler for about 2 minutes (just watch them carefully to prevent burning).
- AIR FRYER DIRECTIONS: Preheat the air fryer to 390. Place the breaded green beans in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry for about 5 minutes, until golden and crispy.
- Green bean fries are definitely best served immediately.
- Store leftovers in a container in the refrigerator, then reheat them in the oven or toaster oven (not the microwave) to get them crispy again.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.