Side Dish | November 6, 2018

Candied Bacon Green Beans

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Yield: 8 Servings

Candied green beans are a twist on traditional green beans. The beans themselves are super tasty and flavorful because you sauté them in the bacon grease and season with salt and pepper. Top with smoky, crumbled bacon, sweet, candied pecans, and a subtle brown sugar glaze to make everybody eat their veggies.

Candied Green Beans - on a white platter atop a grey napkin.

The Perfect Side

These green beans are the perfect side for so many meals:

Just to name a few!

Candied Green Beans - on a white platter atop a grey napkin.

What Do I Need To Make Candied Bacon Green Beans

The ingredient list is simple for these tasty little beans.  You’ll need:

  • bacon
  • fresh green beans
  • pecans
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water

Candied Green Beans - ingredients on a wooden cutting board.

How Do I Make Candied Green Beans?

Let me give you the run down.  This dish is easy, but produces gourmet results!

  1. Snip the ends of your green beans.
  2. Blanch beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain.
  3. Combine pecans, sugar, salt, and water in a large skillet to make candied nuts.  Cook over medium heat until sugar is melted and nuts are toasted.  Transfer to a plate to cook.
  4. In the same skillet cook bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon using a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Leave bacon grease in pan.
  5. Add blanched green beans to pan and cook in bacon grease about 5 minutes.  Toss in brown sugar and gently toss until sugar is dissolved and beans are coated.
  6. Add in nuts and bacon.  Transfer to a serving platter.

Candied Green Beans - process shots.

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Candied Green Beans - on a white platter atop a grey napkin.

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5 from 2 votes
Candied Green Beans - on a white platter atop a grey napkin.
Bacon and Candied Pecan Green Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Top with smoky, crumbled bacon, sweet, candied pecans, and a subtle brown sugar glaze to make errrrrbody eat their veggies!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon green beans, candied green beans, thanksgiving side
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 325 kcal
Author: Stephanie
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1 pound bacon diced
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt divided
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cut pecans
  • 2/4 cup brown sugar divided
  • 1 Tbsp water
  1. Wash green beans and trim beans of their tails by lining up the edges a handful and slicing them off. Flip handful around and repeat on other side.
  2. Place green beans in a large pot of boiling water and blanch for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  3. Place pecans, 1 T brown sugar, 1/8 t salt, and 1/2 T water in frying pan. Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently with wooden spoon until sugar has melted and coated pecans, about 10 minutes. Remove pecans from pan and set on plate to cool.

  4. Chop bacon into 1/2" slices. Fry in frying pan until cooked. Set aside on paper towel-lined plate to drain, reserving bacon grease in pan.
  5. Add green beans to bacon grease, stir to coat. Cook on medium 5 minutes, or until beans have just softened.

  6. Add remaining 1/4 c brown sugar and cooked bacon to beans. Cook on medium until brown sugar glaze has thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

I've made this dish with walnuts in leu of the pecans and it is just as delicious.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon and Candied Pecan Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (0.25 LB)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 749mg33%
Potassium 369mg11%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 805IU16%
Vitamin C 13.9mg17%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I thought Steph couldn’t top her green bean casserole, but then she brought these green beans to the next gathering! This is right up there in the yumminess scale!