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Garlic Parmesan Canned Green Beans

Canned green beans often get a bad rap as bland or boring. Keep them stocked in you pantry, and you can easily doctor them up to turn them into a 5 star side dish like these garlic Parmesan canned green beans. 

Green beans are a staple in my house all year long. We love them in all forms. Fresh from the garden, or canned & store bought- our household does not discriminate.

We can all agree that they taste great, even from the can, with minimal froof-ing required- but you can do so much with them.

It’s often easy for me to come up with an easy casserole to throw together or some other main course on busy nights. Coming up with a simple vegetable side the kids can all agree on? That’s never an easy task- except when green beans are involved.

Again, they’re the one thing they can agree on, and always do. Obviously I keep plenty on hand and stocked in my pantry.

They’re great for the everyday, but I adore them even more because they’re also perfect for fancier occasions. Special meals, big family gatherings, and even the holidays. Green beans are a mainstay at them all.

While we have plenty of recipes for preparing and serving fresh green beans, I tend to go for the canned variety when the holidays roll around.

I’ve never heard a single complaint about my beans, and frankly they’re much easier for me to prepare. It allows me to focus my attention on the more in depth courses of the meal. 

My tried & true recipe has always been my Grandma’s canned green bean recipe. This year though, I decided to try my own hand at flavoring the canned beans.

While they’re not the same- these garlic Parmesan canned green beans are equally delicious. No beans left behind when these are served!

Turning Canned Beans Into Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Transforming a can of beans into an incredible side dish isn’t hard, and it just takes a few simple extra ingredients. 

  • butter
  • olive oil
  • fresh garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper

That’s it, obviously in addition to the canned green beans themselves. See? Super simple- and you’re on your way to a rock star side dish everyone’s gonna love.

Your family’s going to be blown away after one bite, especially when it becomes known that this spectacular side is basically fancy green beans from a can that don’t taste like they’re from a can.

Once you’ve got your ingredients assembled, it’s just as easy to throw everything together. No complicated steps, and no long cook times here.

To make the garlic green beans, melt a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Stir in two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil.

Be careful not to have the heat to high. I’d suggest medium low. Olive oil has a low smoke point, and butter burns easily- both of which you want to avoid.

Once the oil & butter mixture’s hot (as soon as the butter’s melted and the mixture has a sheen to it), stir in the thinly sliced garlic. Let it saute just until lightly browned and fragrant- this will only take about 60 seconds.

Working quickly so the garlic doesn’t burn and turn bitter, stir the drained cans of green beans into the skillet. Use a spatula to toss them a couple of times as they cook. 

The beans won’t burn, or turn to mush but they will be delicious infused with the flavors of both the fragrant garlic and the savory butter.

Cook the beans for roughly 6-8 minutes, tossing them regularly to ensure the flavor’s dispersed throughout as well as even cooking.

Remove the skillet from heat, and using a slotted spoon ladle the green beans onto waiting plates. Serve them with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan on top.

TIPS & TRICKS For Making The Best Canned Green Beans:

  • When we say the garlic cloves need to be thinly sliced, the emphasis is on thinly. This helps disperse the flavor and without it being overpowering in any single serving. Think of the prison scene in Good Fellas for reference!
  • If you prefer fresh green beans to canned, you can absolutely use them. I’d suggest steaming them for 5 minutes, so they’re tender but not mushy and then proceeding with the recipe as written.
  • To take this side dish over the top, add a quarter cup of chopped white onion to the butter mixture. Saute the onion just until it’s begun to caramelize, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.
  • Need more of a topping than a sprinkle of cheese? Also top it with some crisp crumbled bacon to really set it off.
  • Like a little crunch, or just a heartier side dish? Stir in a quarter cup of lightly toasted pine nuts to this dish.

Canned green beans are easy to make your own. Take your own liberties with this garlic Parmesan green bean recipe & adapt it to your own unique preferences.

Other Delicious Ways To Change Up Your Green Bean Game:

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Garlic Parmesan Canned Green Beans

Canned green beans are great for easy dinners, but they can be so much better. Infused with garlic & topped with shredded Parmesan- this simple short cut side dish is perfect for busy nights but tasty enough for fancier meals too!
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Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 53kcal


  • 2 14.5 oz cans green beans
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4-5 large cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in the olive oil, stirring the two together.
  • Once hot, add the garlic to the skillet. Stirring frequently, let the garlic saute and brown lightly. This will only take a minute.
  • Add the drained beans to the skillet. Season them with salt & pepper. Toss the beans a couple times while they cook.
  • Cook the beans until tender & infused with flavor, tossing regularly- roughly 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove the beans from heat.
  • Serve the still hot beans on waiting plates, topped with Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this last night for my husband, myself and two other couples. With all the good food everyone brought, I thought there would be leftovers. Wrong! Everyone raved over them, and this recipe is going to be a staple in my cook book, especially with all the green beans my garden will produce.

    1. So happy you and your guests enjoyed it! It’s one of our family’s go-to side dishes for weeknights and nights we’re having company because it’s so easy.

  2. 5 stars
    Quick and easy, and a great flavor! I added onion to the recipe for a little extra pizzazz and it turned out great!