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Fried Green Beans

This Fried Green Beans recipe can be served as a side dish or an appetizer with marinara sauce or Ranch dressing for dipping. The crispy seasoned coating turns an ordinary vegetable into something really special.

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Easy Fried Green Beans Recipe

How do you blanch green beans? First, you start with whole fresh green beans that have been trimmed on both ends. Drop the green beans into salted boiling water and let them cook for 3-4 minutes or just until they’re bright green. Remove them from the boiling water and immediately transfer them to ice water to stop the cooking. Now that the green beans have been blanched, they’re ready for the dredging station and frying. How to make Fried Green Beans: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • Blanch Green Beans – Bring a large pot of water to a boil with salt. Add the green beans cooking for 3-4 minutes or just until bright green. Immediately dunk green beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well then pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat Oil – Heat oil in a Dutch oven or deep pot fitted with a frying thermometer to 350°F.
  • Set up the dredging station using shallow bowls.
  • First bowl: All purpose flour whisked with Cajun seasoning, salt, black pepper, granulated garlic and onion powder.
  • Second bowl: Large eggs beaten with milk, Cajun seasoning, salt and a few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Third bowl: Italian seasoned breadcrumbs.
  • Dredge Green Beans – Coat green beans in seasoned flour. Dip into egg, then into seasoned crumbs, pressing crumbs firmly onto the green beans. Have nearby a sheet pan to hold the coated green beans until frying.
  • Cook – Fry in batches per the recipe until golden. Remove using tongs or a stainless steel spider to a paper towel lined platter. Immediately season with additional Cajun seasoning to taste. Keep warm.
  • Serve immediately garnished with Parmesan cheese and chives.
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How to Make the Best Fried Green Beans

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Fried Green Beans: One pound fresh green beans, all purpose flour, Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, large eggs, Cajun seasoning, salt, black pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, hot sauce, grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh chives or parsley for garnishing, vegetable or peanut oil for frying and Ranch dressing or garlic aioli for dipping.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A large stock pot, sharp knife and cutting board, cheese grater, three shallow bowls, a whisk, frying thermometer, large Dutch oven or similar heavy bottomed pot for frying, tongs, stainless steel spider and a paper towel lined sheet pan.
  • Different brands of Cajun seasoning will have varying amounts of sodium. It’s perfectly fine to use your favorite blend or one that is readily available such as Zatarain’s or Tony Chachere’s. Depending on the brand you choose to use you may need to adjust the salt in the dredging ingredients.
  • Panko breadcrumbs are a delicious crispy breading but don’t stick quite as well to the green beans as it does other vegetables with a larger surface area. It could be the shape of the green beans. Should you try to adapt this recipe using Panko I just wanted to mention that for your consideration.
  • Can you make this recipe in an air fryer? Yes, you can! Air Fryer Crispy Fried Green Beans:
    • Follow the recipe for blanching and coating the green beans.
    • Spray on all sides with an oil mister. Arrange in a single layer in the basket of an air fryer.
    • Fry in batches at 375°F for 5-7 minutes or until crispy and golden. (Check at 5 minutes and coat any dry spots on the breading with additional oil.)
    • Serve immediately.
  • Traditionally fried green beans are best prepared and eaten immediately. Should you have any leftover, let them cool completely then store chilled in the refrigerator. You can reheat them in an air at 365°F for a few minutes to crisp or in a preheated 375°F oven in a single layer on a sheet pan.
  • To make your own dipping sauce, you may enjoy trying my recipe for Garlic Herb Buttermilk Dressing or Southern Come Back Sauce or Caesar Salad Dressing.  You could also dip these green beans in warm Pizza Sauce.
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More Easy Green Bean Recipes to Make

Green beans are a regular in my kitchen in many forms. More green bean recipes you might also like to try:

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Fried Green Beans

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried-green-beans, fried-green-beans-recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 491kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh whole green beans ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning divided use
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (Plus 1 tablespoon salt to blanch green beans)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • few dashes hot sauce
  • 4-6 cups vegetable oil or peanut oil for frying
  • 2-3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese and fresh chives for garnishing
  • Ranch dressing or garlic aioli for dipping

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon salt. Add the green beans cooking for 3-4 minutes or just until bright green. Immediately dunk green beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain well then pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or deep pot fitted with a frying thermometer to 350°F.
  • Set up the dredging station using shallow bowls.
    First bowl: All purpose flour whisked with 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, black pepper, granulated garlic and onion powder.
    Second bowl: 2 eggs beaten with milk, 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few dashes of hot sauce.
    Third bowl: Italian seasoned breadcrumbs.
  • Coat green beans in seasoned flour. Dip into egg, then into seasoned crumbs, pressing crumbs firmly onto the green beans. Have nearby a sheet pan to hold the coated green beans until frying.
  • Fry in batches for 3-5 minutes or until golden. Remove using tongs or a stainless steel spider to a paper towel lined platter. Immediately season with additional Cajun seasoning to taste. Keep warm.
  • Serve immediately garnished with Parmesan cheese, chives and Ranch salad dressing, Caesar salad dressing or warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Notes

Air Fryer Crispy Fried Green Beans: 
  • Follow the recipe for blanching and coating the green beans. (Panko breadcrumbs will work well in an air fryer.)
  • Spray on all sides with an oil mister. Arrange in a single layer in the basket of an air fryer.
  • Fry in batches at 375°F for 5-7 minutes or until crispy and golden. (Check at 5 minutes and coat any dry spots with additional oil.)
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1523mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1400IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 5mg
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