A shallow white dish of oven roasted green beans with additional seasonings around it.

I’m a big fan of easy to make vegetable recipes. I feel like veggies sometimes get overlooked and you’re left with either complicated recipes or just steaming them and calling it a day. Thankfully, making fresh, flavorful veggies doesn’t have to be difficult or bland. You can easily make roasted green beans that are bursting with flavor with no fancy ingredients or complicated steps!

Close view of a parchment paper lined baking sheet with oven cooked green beans on it.

How do I prep green beans for roasting?

Before roasting your green beans, prepare them by trimming off the ends. Rinse the trimmed beans in water and pat dry. Wet beans turn soggy in the oven so it’s important that you get rid of all the excess water.

Wholefully Protip

You won’t want to trim your beans too far in advance, as they can get shriveled and dried up from the exposed ends. Instead, prep them as your oven is preheating.

How long do you cook the beans?

Oven-roasted green beans take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes in the oven, which means you can have dinner on the table a lot sooner! You want your beans to be fork tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside. 

A serving dish of garlic green beans with forks and lemon slices on either side.

What can I add to green beans for flavor?

There are plenty of ways of adding flavor to green beans. This recipe uses lemon juice to add a burst of freshness, alongside crushed garlic cloves and some salt and pepper. It’s a simple roasted green beans recipe, but in this case it highlights the freshness of the beans without being overpowering. 

Protip: What else can I do with green beans?

Not feeling the roasted beans tonight? Try them grilled or with potatoes instead. Or, make chicken and green beans for a full meal!

What do I need for this roasted green beans recipe?

A simple recipe calls for a simple ingredient list. This roasted green beans recipe has only a handful of ingredients and is versatile enough to allow for several swaps.

  • Green beans—You’ll want these to be fresh, not frozen. If you have French green beans, you can use these as well, but they’ll take less time to cook, so keep an eye on them.
  • Salt and pepper—Adjust how much you use based on your own personal tastes.
  • Crushed garlic cloves—Crushing the garlic really helps release the flavor. If you don’t have a garlic press, you can finely mince the garlic and crush it with the side of a knife. You can also use jarred minced garlic. In a pinch, garlic powder will work as well.
  • Lemon juice—This won’t make your roasted green beans taste citrusy, but it will make them taste super fresh.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil—You can use any mild-flavored oil you have on hand. If you use a different oil, make sure it’s one that can handle the cooking temperature and time of this recipe. 

How do I make roasted green beans?

It’ll take you about 20-25 minutes total to make this delicious and easy side dish.

A collage of five easy steps to make roasted green beans. A text overlay reads, "How to Make Roasted Green Beans."
  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. While the oven is preheating, prepare your green beans by washing them and trimming off the ends. 
  2. Mix your oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and crushed garlic in a bowl.
  3. Toss the green beans in the spice and oil mixture.
  4. Spread the beans on your baking sheet.
  5. Roast for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve!

Don’t I need to turn the beans while they are cooking?

Nope! This is a step you can skip when making roasted green beans. I recommend leaving your beans to cook without disturbing them. They’re only in the oven for 15-20 minutes, so this gives them time to develop a nice, golden-brown crispy exterior that you miss out on if you fiddle with them. 

Overhead view of roasted green beans in a white serving dish with a cloth napkin and forks nearby.

How do I know when they’re done?

You don’t want your green beans to be too hard, but you also don’t want them to burn. Every oven is different, and the thickness of your beans will play a role in how long they take to cook, but you should start checking on them after 15 minutes.

You’ll know they’re done when they have a nice, golden crispy coating on the outside and they’re tender when you prick them with a fork. 

Want more simple side dishes like this one?

A shallow white dish of oven roasted green beans with additional seasonings around it.

Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Green Beans are roasted in the oven to savory perfection with olive oil, fresh lemon, and garlic. This quick and easy side dish is perfect all year long.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed off
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Toss the prepared green beans in the flavored oil until fully coated.
  4. Spread the green beans onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. 
  5. Roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until tender. 
  6. Remove from the oven and serve. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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