Seasoning for Frozen Green Beans can be simple or complicated! This guide gives you a few easy recipes that help your frozen green beans shine like fresh!
Seasoning for frozen green beans can be tricky when you want to avoid a soggy side dish, and keep their tender-crisp texture. I love green beans that have a little crunch and are the perfect addition to any meal.
Let’s chat about frozen vegetables.
I’m not the biggest fan, but I’m coming around!
They always end up mushy and might be better used in soup or a casserole, which is lovely!
I mean, have you ever had that old-school classic recipe of chicken breast baked with frozen green beans and potatoes?! YUM!
I’m setting out to create recipes using frozen vegetables that are worthy of Sunday dinner!
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I’ve tried boiling in a big pot with chicken stock and cooking in an air fryer basket, but my favorite way is a simple recipe with an easy cooking process.
No extra pots or saucepans, you won’t even need a slotted spoon!
First, let’s talk about HOW to season the beans. If your sautéed green beans taste bland, then there won’t be a next time for green beans!
What’s a good seasoning for frozen green beans?
You could order some seasoning blends – my favorite spice is Smokehouse Maple and Montreal Seasoning both from McCormick. I love several from Penzey’s Spices, like Sandwich Sprinkle and the Parisian Bonnes Herbes!
If you don’t have seasoning blends, you can add any of these to your frozen green beans:
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Italian Seasoning
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Black Pepper
- Lemon Zest or Lemon Juice
I combine kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper in a jar. I call it “House Seasoning!” And, it’s a little gift to me when cooking. It’s FILLED with flavor, and I’m not grabbing four different containers. It’s ready to go in one jar, at my stove’s side.
If you are going to let your beans cook on the stovetop, you’ll want to borrow the basic idea of a pot likker from Collard Greens. The general rule is if your pot licker tastes delicious, whatever you cook in that will be yummy!
For a delicious pot liquor, you’ll start by sauteing an onion in butter, olive oil, or bacon fat. Feel free to use a purple onion to add a little color! You’ll want to add some fresh garlic and plenty of seasonings like garlic powder and onion powder.
Add your green beans (either frozen beans or fresh beans!) to your pot over high heat and boil until tender.
These will definitely be ready for your holiday meal!
Let’s talk about how to cook frozen green beans.
The thing I’m not a fan of in the green bean recipes I’ve found is thawing the green beans beforehand. I don’t have time for that!
I need a “plop and cook” method.
The best way I’ve found is melting half a stick of butter.
While that melts, pour a bag of frozen green beans into a baking dish.
Pour the melted butter overtop, then sprinkle House Seasoning on top!
Mix the green beans around a little bit. then cook at 425˚ in the oven for 15 minutes.
YUM! It’s the perfect simple side dish that takes no effort! And! When you choose other recipes that bake at 425˚, you’re winning at the dinner game!
Ready to take your green beans recipe to the next level?
Give any of these a try for added flavor!
Parmesan Cheese – add this to the frozen green beans after you’ve drizzled on melted butter. Be careful with salt content though, parmesan cheese is salty, so you may want to use less kosher salt! ((Do you need a vegan option?? Use nutritional yeast instead of cheese!))
Fresh Garlic – mince up a few cloves of fresh garlic and take your tasty side dish over the top to a five-star rating! It’s a great way to pack flavor into a plain veggie!
Cayenne Pepper – if you like a pep in your step, this is a great option for a spicy kick!
Bacon Grease – substitute melted bacon grease for melted butter. Talk about true comfort food!!
If you’re using fresh green beans this same recipe works, too!
I make fresh green beans by roasting them in a single layer on a baking sheet with olive oil and house seasoning. These Sweet and Spicy Green Beans are an easy side dish that is one of my favorite things to make for weeknight dinners!
Other ways you can use frozen green beans:
- Green Bean Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Green Beans Almondine
I haven’t tried it, but I’d love to see how they turn out in a cast-iron skillet on the grill! Similar to these Skillet Grilled Green Beans recipe that uses fresh beans! It’s one of those recipes that has such simple ingredients you’re almost scared to tell people it’s a recipe! Talk about an easy way to get dinner on the table!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What can I add to green beans for flavor?
Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper are a great place to start!
What spices go well with green beans?
For a buttery sautéed green bean use fresh garlic and lemon zest! You could try Thai green curry paste stirred into a saucepan over your green beans for a stir-fry flair!
Be sure to save this recipe to your favorite side dish recipe board on Pinterest!
Seasoning for Frozen Green Beans is so simple! A couple of ingredients and this easy side dish recipe is ready for your dinner table!
- 12 oz bag Frozen Cut Green Beans
- 4 TBS Butter, melted
- 2 tsp House Seasoning (see notes)
- Preheat your oven to 425˚.
- Melt your four tablespoons of butter either in the microwave or stove top.
- While the butter melts, plop your 12 ounce bag of frozen green beans into a baking dish.
- Drizzle the melted butter over top the frozen green beans.
- Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of House Seasoning over the green beans.
- Give a little mix, and bake at 425˚ for 15 minutes.
Ready to take your green beans recipe to the next level? Give any of these a try for added flavor!
- Parmesan Cheese – add this to the frozen green beans after you’ve drizzled on melted butter. Be careful with salt content though, parmesan cheese is salty, so you may want to use less kosher salt! ((Do you need a vegan option?? Use nutritional yeast instead of cheese!))
- Fresh Garlic – mince up a few cloves of fresh garlic and take your tasty side dish over the top to a five star rating! It’s a great way to pack flavor into a plain veggie!
- Cayenne Pepper – if you like a pep in your step, this is a great option for a spicy kick!
- Bacon Grease – substitute melted bacon grease for melted butter. Talk about true comfort food!!
- 1/4 cup garlic powder
- 1/4 onion powder
- 1/4 kosher salt
- 1/8 cup black pepper
Mix all of these ingredients together in a jar, and use it as often as you can!
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