Simple Roasted Green Beans

December 7, 2013 in Categories: by

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Fat, salt, green beans and heat…  it’s a magical combination that turns a simple vegetable into something amazing.  Looking for a simple side dish that can be thrown together quickly?  This is it!  And, you can scale this up or down very easily and you can use any type of runner bean (thicker beans take a little longer).  I made a double batch on two pans for Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Actually, you can use this same recipe for asparagus too (asparagus takes about half the time to cook, depending on how thick the spears are).

You do need to use a high smoke-point fat to roast at this temperature though. I used cultured grass-fed ghee because the culturing step degrades the trace casein normally found in regular ghee and my youngest daughter and I are only able to tolerate cultured grass-fed ghee.  You could also use palm shortening or avocado oil.  Using either palm shortening or avocado oil will also make this autoimmune protocol-friendly.

You will also notice my continued obsession with truffle salt (also known in my home as magic flavor powder).  If you want, sub with regular ol’ unrefined salt and cracked pepper.  You can play with seasoning too… I bet these would be great with a generous pinch of cayenne.

Serves 4

Roasted Green Beans | The Paleo Mom


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil or a silicone liner (make sure yours is oven safe to 450F… I use a Demarle Silpat which is).
  2. Melt ghee (or palm shortening, you can skip this if you’re using avocado oil).  Toss trimmed green beans with ghee and sprinkle liberally with truffle salt.
  3. Roast for 18-20 minutes (longer if you have thicker beans), stirring them at the 10 minute mark.  They’re done with they start browning and getting a little crisp on the outside and are soft but not mushy inside.
  4. Remove from oven, place in a serving bowl, and toss with fresh lemon juice.  Enjoy!


I’m confused….I thought paleo doesn’t use green beans because it is a legume? I love green beans and if I don’t have to give um up please tell me asap 🙂

Thank you so much for your quick reply, Sarah! So glad to hear the book is finished, too 🙂 and I wish you a quick recovery!

I just found my favorite way to eat green beans! So yummy! I used Avocado oil and regular salt, but these were still quite tasty. Thanks for your great insight on the Paleo diet and kids’ diets

One tip to help ensure crisp/browned beans: make sure you dry the beans well if you’ve rinsed them with water first. Any water clinging to the beans will create steam, which will lead to softer beans. The best results I’ve had are when I put the oiled and seasoned raw beans into a well pre-heated cast iron pan for roasting. The only problem is it doesn’t hold a very large amount.

Is it possible to serve this cold? I’m supposed to be taking a green bean salad to a lunch and this sounds delicious

I have been doing these greens in a skillet with coconut oil, and throwing in garlic cloves and cut fresh tomatoes. ..yum !

Those look great! Another variation that I do, is to use a bag of frozen or fresh green beans, saute them in a cast iron skillet over medium heat in sesame oil . Add garlic powder, sea salt and pepper to taste while cooking. Cook long enough for the beans to start to brown. Excellent and the grand kids love them!

I am new to the Paleo lifestyle. I understood green beans, or any bean for that matter, was not a part of the recommended food list. I love green beans and roasted is one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy them. Can you please clarify this for me?

These were great! Why have I not thought to roast them at this high of a temp before? The lemon was great with them. They weren’t getting as browned or crispy as I was hoping for so I quickly broiled them for a few mins. Fab!

I have never left a food review but these beans deserve it! I used Wellness bacon fat and they were amazing. My new favorite recipe. Thank you.

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