Southern Style Green Beans

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This is how I remember, fresh Southern Style Green Beans being cooked in the kitchen when I was growing up.  If I close my eyes I’m back in the kitchen as a child, and can hear my grandmother and mother in there cooking up a storm, joking, laughing and doing a little gossip, of course. How I wish I could travel back in time and that could happen once again. But since it can’t, I can make up a pot of those fresh Southern Style Green Beans myself, just like they did. The smell of the onions, bacon, and green beans just takes over your senses.  Yum!  Pull up a chair and dig in.




Southern Style Greens Beans

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 4-cups

Serving Size: 4 - 1/2 cup servings

Southern Style Greens Beans

These Southern Style Fresh Green Beans will bring back some of those childhood memories and are a wonderful side dish for my Pan Seared Halibut.


  • 2 – lbs. of Fresh Green Beans
  • 4 – Strips of Thick Sliced Bacon - cubed
  • 1 – Onion – chopped
  • 4 – Quarts of Water
  • Salt, Pepper and Garlic


  1. Snap ends from green beans and cut into bite size pieces.
  2. Cook onion and bacon in a hot pan until bacon is crisp and onions are translucent.
  3. Add green beans, bacon and onion mixture, and water to pot.
  4. Cook on high for 30 minutes adding more water if needed.
  5. Turn down to low heat and cook for a few hours.*
  6. Add more water as it evaporates.
  7. You want to keep the beans covered by at least 2 inches of water.
  8. Beans are done when fork tender.


You can adjust the cooking time a little more or a little less, it depends on how done you like your green beans. I like to steep my on low for that long, slow simmer homemade taste.

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Once you starting cooking this Southern Style Green Beans recipe and the smell begins to waft through the house and out the windows, through the chimney, or under the door cracks, you may have to cook up an extra serving.  Once they get a smell your table is going to be full of folks ready to dig in! Together with my Pan Seared Halibut, you have a tasty meal that satisfies the whole family any night of the week! Add a slice (or two) of White Chocolate Lace Cake for dessert and ensure that no one leaves the table hungry, ever again!

From my kitchen to yours,

Tina Marie


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4 thoughts on “Southern Style Green Beans

    • When I smell them cooking, I can almost see my grandmother standing right there beside me. For me, these are the comfort food of memories. She passed when I was 18, but is still living in my heart and in my kitchen today. 🙂

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