5-Ingredient Bacon and Green Beans Stir-Fry

Bacon and green beans are unassuming by themselves. But toss them together in this 5-Ingredient Bacon and Green Beans Stir-Fry, they become addicting! They’re gone faster than I can make them in my household.

Prep TimeCook TimeTotal TimeYields
5 minutes40 minutes45 minutes6 servings


  • 6 bacon slices
  • 4 garlic cloves (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 small onion (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. TRIM stems off the green beans if desired. SLICE the garlic and onion (skip this step if using garlic and onion powder). CHOP the bacon slices.

2. In a large all-purpose pan, COOK bacon over medium heat until brown and crisp. Set bacon aside and keep some bacon grease in the pan.

3. COOK garlic and onion in bacon grease until onion is translucent. STIR in green beans and salt. (Alternatively, STIR in green beans and SEASON with garlic powder, onion powder and salt.)

4. SIMMER, covered, over medium heat until green beans are tender, 10 minutes.

5. Turn heat off, STIR in bacon to combine.



For serving, share as a side by itself or as a main dish with brown rice, sliced boiled eggs or fried eggs, and chopped fresh tomatoes.

I cut up 2 to 4 bacon slices at a time with kitchen shears instead of chopping them with a knife. For less dirty dishes, I use the same plate the uncooked bacon was cut or chopped to transfer the cooked bacon.
don’t line the bacon plate with paper towel.

Kid friendly tip: I found that it’s easier for my kids to eat green beans that are chopped or cut into 1-inch bite-sized pieces.

If serving eggs, here is a simple and forgiving method of boiling eggs that really works well for us: ADD eggs in a pot and enough water to cover them. BRING to a boil, covered. TURN heat off and KEEP the pot on the hot burner for 10-12 minutes. Slightly COOL the boiled eggs and PEEL under cold water (the cold water will help peel the shells without sticking to the egg). I use an egg slicer to slice or cross-slice boiled eggs directly over a bowl for easier, faster prep.

To make sure the rice is ready to serve along with your other dishes, get a head start by cooking the rice—with instant pot, rice cooker or stove top—right before cooking the Bacon and Green Beans Stir-Fry or during idle time in the kitchen. I personally use a rice cooker with a stainless-steel pot.

Don’t use frozen green beans. I’ve tried and the dish didn’t come out well. The green beans got very mushy and the extra moisture made the cooked bacon lose some of it’s crisp and flavor.


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