Southern style green beans with bacon and buttery breadcrumbs

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 4     adjust servings

Green beans with bacon and buttery breadcrumbs are just 5 ingredients but packed with so much flavor!


  • 3 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs


Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon in a single layer. Cook until bacon is cooked through and crisp, turning when needed.

Remove bacon to a paper towel to let cool, then crumble.

Add chopped onion and green beans to the pan with the bacon grease and stir well to coat. Then cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until very tender.

When the green beans are almost done, melt butter in a separate small skillet over medium low. Add breadcrumbs and cook for 4-5 minutes, until breadcrumbs are golden brown and crunchy, stirring frequently.

When the green beans are to your desired doneness, season with salt and pepper. (Go easy on the salt because the bacon will add salt as well.)

Serve green beans sprinkled with the breadcrumbs and crumbled bacon.

Recipe Notes

Cutting the bacon in half helps to fit more in the pan and also to cook it more evenly. You could also cut them into small pieces with some scissors, just snipping them into the pan. I use and like thick-cut or center-cut bacon.

The bacon adds sodium to this dish, so go easy when you season the green beans with salt and pepper.

I love onions and the flavor they add, but you could omit them if you aren’t a fan.

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