Southern Fried Green Beans

Southern Fried Green Beans

44 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    35 m
Recipe by  Tammy

“These Green Beans taste like they have been cooked all day, but only take minutes to make. They are a favorite of our family and guests.”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Place the bacon in a skillet; cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp. Mix the sugar and green beans into the bacon. Cook over medium-high heat until green beans become become soft and limp and start to caramelize.

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This is my families favorite veggie recipe but after the bacon gets crisp I add 1/2 a diced onion, cook 5 minutes then add fresh green beans (about a pound or two). My neice loves them better when I add 1/2 pound of new potatoes. Yum.



This has been served in our family for years. It is the only way I can get my husband to eat green beans! Canned green beans is the only way to go with this recipe, and I usually add 1/2 diced sweet yellow onion. Fantastic!



This is a very good way to cook green beans. However, I do have a couple suggestions based upon the way I make them myself. For anyone who hasn't ever had beans cooked in this, or a similar type manner, I would first suggest that you begin with ONLY a TEASPOON of sugar, and increase the amount of sugar based upon your own family's personal taste. Like some other reveiwers have mentioned, another really good addition is a bit of diced onion. One final addition that really seems to tie all of this together & really takes this dish 'over the top' is to add a splash or so of some apple cider vinegar. Again, the amount that you add should be done to taste & based upon the taste preferences of your own family. Don't worry, a splash or two of vinegar will NOT make your beans taste vinegary in the least, it only enhances & ties together all of the other flavors in your dish & makes it a much more vibrant & flavorful way of cooking traditional green beans. (Even if you do end up making a mistake and add too much vinegar for your taste you can always cut any sharpness by adding just a bit more sugar. Another way is to just increase your cooking time a little bit more. By doing that, you'll 'cook off' any of the unwanted excess vinegar, and your dish will 'mellow' itself right back out. Plus you'll get the added benefit of your beans becoming even more tender for you with any entended cooking time you might add.) Hope this helps!

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 203 cal
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs
  • 9.1 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 5.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 732 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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