Easy Arkansas Green Beans

A dark soy sauce glaze pairs with the deeper more savory bacon and is sweetened with brown sugar to make these delicious Arkansas Green Beans.

Warm and tender Arkansas Green Beans with a generous coating of bacon baked under a special soy sauce, butter and brown sugar glaze in a white dish on a red and white plaid napkin.

Arkansas Green Beans Recipe

Classic green beans coated with this thick and rich glaze create one of the easiest and most flavorful green bean side dishes we’ve made.

If you love the combination of butter and bacon in our Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch or Bacon Potato Casserole it will be even more magical coating tender green beans.

Similar to our Bacon Onion Green Beans, but more sweet than tangy since there are no onions, this is a popular vegetable casserole at potlucks and family celebrations.

Our Arkansas Green Beans Recipes is a perfect side dish that can be tossed together in ten minutes to make a memorable addition to the Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

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Close up serving of rich and buttery Arkansas Green Beans on a plate with lots of bacon bits and a fork behind the pile of beans.

To make a similar recipe in an electric roaster see our Green Beans for a Crowd recipe.

Why This Recipe For Arkansas Green Beans Works

  • A home economics extension agent through the Ohio State University shared a few of her best recipes with me and this Arkansas Green Beans in on the list along with Barley Soup.
  • This vegetable casserole is the best way to enjoy green beans without onions making it a popular alternative to some common holiday recipes.
  • We truly have no idea why these are called Arkansas Green Beans, but we know that people in the south have a reputation for being great cooks and using plenty of bacon and butter to make everything better!
Overhead view of a casserole dish full of a recipe for Arkansas Green Beans covered with bacon and a silver serving spoon in the corner on a red and white napkin.

Ingredients Needed

  • Green Beans – Italian green beans in the freezer section are our favorite option. Regular frozen green beans or fresh green beans work well too.
  • Bacon – Regular or thick cut are fine. Chop up the bacon well to blend the flavor into every bite possible.
  • Brown Sugar – There’s a generous amount in this recipe, I think it still tastes great if you cut the sugar down to 1/4 cup.
  • Butter – Be sure to use real butter as margarine won’t give that special flavor that makes these a southern favorite and Arkansas style.
  • Soy Sauce – The deep, dark salty speciality that deepens the other savory flavors.
  • Garlic Powder – The shortcut to using minced garlic that spreads over the whole pan of beans more easily.
Ingredients to make Arkansas Green Beans are frozen green beans, cooked bacon, garlic powder, soy sauce, butter and brown sugar on a wooden counter top.

Step By Step Instructions

I often like to bake bacon, but for this recipe I typically use a frying pan. This allows me to keep a closer eye on how the bacon is browning.

The goal is to remove from the heat and drain before it becomes crispy.

Use paper towels to remove any extra grease and then chop into pieces.

The Sauce

In a small mixing bowl melt butter and measure out garlic powder, soy sauce and brown sugar.

Packed brown sugar poured into a white bowl with melted butter, garlic powder and soy sauce on a wooden counter top.

Stir it all together.

Thick soy sauce and brown sugar mixture with melted butter and garlic powder stirred together with a spoon in the bowl.

How To Make Arkansas Green Beans

Pour partially defrosted green beans into a 9 x 13″ dish.

Sprinkle chopped bacon evenly over the top including the edges.

Cooked and chopped bacon sprinkled over top of a pan of partially defrosted Italian green beens.

Then take the sauce and pour as evenly as possible over top of the green beans.

Thick and rich soy sauce glaze spread over top of bacon and Italian green beans in a white baking dish.

Bake uncovered in an oven preheated to 350℉ until the sauce melts and the beans become tender.

Cooking through takes 30 to 35 minutes. Check to see that center is warm and cooked through before serving.

Close up of a shinny glaze coating savory bacon and thick green beans baked in a white casserole dish for Arkansas Green Beans.

Cover with foil and place in a warming drawer to hold if necessary. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Take care not to over cook the bacon or it will be too dry after baking in the oven with the green beans.
  • Green beans can be totally frozen, but we try to partially defrost is possible to speed up baking time.
  • Canned green beans may be drained and used, but baking time will likely decrease. If choosing canned beans, use a thicker, high quality brand for best results.
A dark soy sauce glaze sweetened with brown sugar coating cooked green beans with generous pieces of bacon on a white plate with the fork and full dish of Arkansas Green Beans in the background.

More Delicious Vegetable Recipes:

Scalloped Corn Casserole is an old fashioned favorite that is great to mix up ahead of time and bake later.

Honey Garlic Roasted Potatoes is a glorious combination of common ingredients to make a special spud.

Baked Vegetable Medley is a combination of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and more to make a warm casserole.

Sautéed Zucchini, Squash and Onions is excellent in the summer when produce is plentiful.

Thick green beans in a casserole dish covered with bacon and soy sauce glaze.

Easy Arkansas Green Beans

Servings 12 servings
Author: Jennifer
A dark soy sauce glaze pairs with the deeper more savory bacon and is sweetened with brown sugar to make these Arkansas Green Beans.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 36 ounces frozen green beans slightly defrosted
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Place green beans in a single layer in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or on the counter for 30 minutes to slightly defrost.
  • Cook bacon until beginning to brown, but not crispy. Drain and chop into large pieces.
  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Open packages of green beans and pour into a 9 x 13" baking dish.
    36 ounces frozen green beans
  • Sprinkle bacon pieces over top of the beans.
    1/2 pound bacon
  • In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce and garlic powder. Pour over the green beans and bacon.
    1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes until green beans are warmed through.

Notes

  • We prefer Italian green beans because they are a little thicker
  • Fresh green beans work fine too, we prefer not to use canned beans
 

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 289mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 712IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

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