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Pecan Glazed Green Beans

Looking for a new way to prepare green beans? Try this delicious Pecan Glazed Green Beans recipe. With just a few simple ingredients and a few easy steps, you can create a sweet and savory side dish that’s sure to impress your dinner guests.

Fresh cooked whole green beans are one of our family favorites. This particular recipe for brown sugar glazed green beans is easy to prepare and makes a great side dish for many meals.

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Seared green beans with pecans on a dish with salmon and mashed potatoes
Glazed green beans with pecans

Sweet glazed green beans are a perfect side dish for many meals including our Parmesan Skillet Salmon also served with Homemade mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. fresh whole green beans
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar, like this
  • 1/2 Cup chopped pecans
  • Pinch of coarse Kosher salt, like this

Directions

The first step in making Pecan Glazed Green Beans is to blanch the green beans. This involves boiling them in salted water for a few minutes until they are bright green and tender-crisp.

Step 1

Snip the ends off the green beans, rinse and drain on paper towels.

fresh whole green beans with ends snipped off
Fresh whole green beans

Step 2

Place the beans into a pot of boiling, salted water to blanch.  Boil, for about 5 to 8 minutes, until barely tender.

Once they are done, immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their color and texture. This step is important to ensure that the green beans are cooked perfectly and have the right texture for the recipe.

Drain in a colander then spread the beans out onto paper towels and pat dry.

Step 3

While the green beans are draining, melt the butter and brown sugar in a large skillet. Add in the pecans and green beans.

Sprinkle with the Kosher salt and cook, tossing occasionally for about 5 or 6 minutes. The green beans will be nice and crispy, as well as tasty.

Serve and enjoy!

Brown sugar adds the slightest little sweet glaze to the pecans and gives the green beans a delicious savory and sweet taste.

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Pecan Glazed Green Beans

A southern recipe for brown sugar glazed green beans with pecans. It sounds like a fancy side dish but it's an easy recipe.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Shirley Wood

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. fresh whole green beans
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Pinch of Kosher salt

Instructions

  • Snip the ends off the green beans, rinse and drain.
  • Place the beans into a pot of boiling, salted water. Boil for about 8 minutes and drain.
  • Once they are done, immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve their color and texture. This step is important to ensure that the green beans are cooked perfectly and have the right texture for the recipe.
  • Drain in a colander then spread the beans out onto paper towels and pat dry.
  • Melt the butter and brown sugar in a skillet.
  • Add in the pecans then the drained green beans.
  • Sprinkle with the salt and cook, tossing occasionally for about 5 or 6 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

This delicious sweet glazed green bean recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Also see this recipe for Crockpot Green Bean Casserole.

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29 Comments

  1. Mmm, I love how buttery pecans are, I bet you don’t need anything…this sounds like a good way to use up end of season beans…right before the sweaters come out!

  2. These look delish! I love green beans but haven’t made them this way so I will pin & try them later!!
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  3. Yummy, I made them today! I had to use walnuts because I realized all my pecans were gone:( But it still tasted great! Missed the pecans, though!

    1. I’m glad to hear that Zan! We love walnuts too, may have to try that. We live in the south where pecan orchards abound so pecans are usually in the cabinet.

      1. Oh men..I need to move to your area, I love pecans. But you know, I discovered I did have pecans in the pantry after I made it. Oh well.

        Hubby really enjoyed the slight sweetness in this recipe!

        1. Zan, I’m so glad you stopped back by and told me you made the Pecan Glazed green beans. I’m also happy that your husband liked them. Now you have a new family favorite with pecans or walnuts, whichever you prefer 🙂

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