Finger-lickin' Roasted Green Beans

Hello my friends!

As a continuation of my Tasty Kitchen recipe-snatching rampage, I bring you these green beans. They are adapted from this recipe, and originally called “Roasted Green Bean Fries” because they kind of taste like French Fries.

I call these ‘finger-lickin” because I consumed well over half a pound of these with much licking of fingers in between grabbings. So if you thought ‘finger-lickin” was just a cute phrase, please also know that it was a messy and delicious reality. And unsanitary, too, if you believe in cooties.

Under normal circumstances, I estimate they would serve 3 adults as a side dish. However, anything this delicious simply cannot be categorized under the header ‘normal circumstances,’ so to be safe I would assign 1/2 lb to each human being.

Quick warning: the first time I made these, I used a blurp of olive oil without measuring. I mean, who actually measures out their cooking oil? Well, my ‘blurp’ turned out to be waaay too much, and the green beans were quite oily. Delicious as well–don’t get me wrong–but just too dang oily. So take a second and measure out that teaspoon–it really makes a difference. You’re going for a very thin coating here.


(Serves 3)

1 lb fresh green beans

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt (1/2 tsp = too much)

1/2 tsp pepper

Optional: freshly squeezed lemon juice or spicy dipping sauce

Preheat the oven to 425. Wash the green beans, snap off the stems, and put them on a baking sheet.

Pretend I took a picture of me pouring in the teaspoon of olive oil and tossing them about.

Add the salt . . .

. . . and the pepper.

Now get your hands in there and get ’em dirty!

Toss those babies until they’re all evenly coated. Here we go.

Bake them for 15 minutes, turn them over, and bake them for another 15.

Serve! If you’re trying to dress them up as a treat for the kids, serve ’em with ketchup for the illusion of fries. You can also add a little more salt to taste if necessary. For the adults, you can squeeze on some lemon juice for a punch of freshness to the ole buds.

Or you can serve them with a fun spicy dipping sauce such as this one–that would be fanstastic. Any way you spin it, they’re delicious.

And they also couldn’t be easier. I was inspired to write this small poem about them. I dedicate it to my husband, with whom I promise to share these green beans til the end of time:

I’d eat these green beans day or night

I wouldn’t share without a fight;

they’re tasty, green and oh so great

I’ll pile them high upon my plate.

But since I’m married to this man

whose name is neither Cran nor Stan

I’ll share them so I don’t get fat

forever and ever and ever. Stat.

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25 thoughts on “Finger-lickin' Roasted Green Beans

  1. Holly

    I love roasted asparagus and never thought to try it with green beans. I have some in the refrigerator that just might get roasted tonight..

  2. Erica

    ummm…YUMMMM plz to send some to me, oh most kind elder sister? also, when are you going to reply to my email? with thoughts on dresses?

  3. Carol Ann Hoel

    Looks good. I’ve been roasting vegetables lately. I have to admit that it’s easier to roast than to do otherwise. I roasted a medley of veggies while cooking other parts of the dinner. The flavor was great. I’ve not tried roasting green beans. Thank you for your recipe! I really enjoy your style of imparting a recipe. Fun. All fun. Cute poem, too! Blessings to you, Jenna…

      1. Jenna

        Thanks Marco! My boss actually gave us the day off today so that we could stay safely home. I’m very grateful for that, since a blizzard is raging outside as we speak.

  4. giselle

    These are tasty! I happened to have a bag of green beans from my co-op that I hadn’t used and were nearing their last day, so I went ahead and made them. The only thing I wish I had is the lemon, I think that would give it a little zing that mine are missing. But we’re having the snow storm of a lifetime here in Tulsa, so I was not about to try to go to the store!!

    1. Jenna

      Glad you liked them, Giselle! And our Chicago snowstorm is just starting–as of right now, the wind is blowing, the snow’s coming down, and the windows are rattling (a LOT). Stay cozy (and safe)!

      1. giselle

        Had to reply – my boyfriend (who says he hates green beans) snuck a bunch of them and said ‘these are the best asparagus ever!!’ lol

  5. Veronica

    Oh mans, first kale chips and now green bean french fries! I love these new healthier options when it comes to snack foods! And if you haven’t tried kale chips, you should! So yummy. I will be making these fo sho.

    1. Jenna

      I’ve been seeing recipes for kale chips ‘around’ (ok, fine, on Tasty Kitchen =) and I really want to try it. Seems easy enough, with a great and snacky result.

  6. Sydney

    Oh my goodness! I have LOVED green beans my whole life and this recipe looks wonderful. Thanks for the fantastic photos to make my mouth water even more. 🙂


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