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Candied Green Beans - on a white platter atop a grey napkin.
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5 from 2 votes

Bacon and Candied Pecan Green Beans

Top with smoky, crumbled bacon, sweet, candied pecans, and a subtle brown sugar glaze to make errrrrbody eat their veggies!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 325kcal


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1 pound bacon diced
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cut pecans
  • 2/4 cup brown sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • 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.
  • Place green beans in a large pot of boiling water and blanch for 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Place pecans, 1 T brown sugar, ⅛ t salt, and ½ 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.
  • Chop bacon into ½" slices. Fry in frying pan until cooked. Set aside on paper towel-lined plate to drain, reserving bacon grease in pan.
  • Add green beans to bacon grease, stir to coat. Cook on medium 5 minutes, or until beans have just softened.
  • Add remaining ¼ c brown sugar and cooked bacon to beans. Cook on medium until brown sugar glaze has thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.


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


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 749mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.5mg