Roasted Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts


If you’ve never tried roasted green beans, you’re in for a treat. Unlike boiled beans – which are bland and squeaky when you bite into them – roasted green beans are tender, caramelized and full of flavor. Cranberries and walnuts dress them up and make them a perfect side dish for the holidays.


Begin with a 2-pound bag of pre-trimmed and washed green beans from the supermarket. Toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar and slivers of garlic.


Roast in a high heat oven for about 25 minutes until tender, browned in spots and just starting to shrivel.


Add lemon zest, lemon juice, cranberries and walnuts.



Serve and enjoy.
Roasted Green Beans with Cranberries & Walnuts
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Serves 6-8


2 pounds fresh green beans, stem ends trimmed
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced into quarters
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, best quality such as Colavita
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest, from one lemon
2 teaspoons lemon juice, from one lemon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts (toasted if desired)


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil.

2. Toss green beans with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar directly on the prepared baking sheet. Roast the beans for 15 minutes, then stir with a spatula to promote even cooking. Continue roasting until beans are tender, slightly browned and just starting to shrivel, about 10 minutes more. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, cranberries and walnuts and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and more lemon juice if desired.

To toast the walnuts, bake them on a sheet pan in a 350 degree oven until fragrant, about 10 minutes.

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  • Looks yummy. Just in time for a new Thanksgiving idea :)

  • The beans were so tasty. I made them last night and the family loved them. I didn’t have dried cranberries and used frozen ones instead – delicious. Thanks for your blog. Every recipe I have made, my family has truly enjoyed. Keep coming up with great recipes.

  • That looks so pretty!!! :) Yum…

  • Cynthia

    Beautiful – and it looks so easy! I’ll have to incorporate this into my holiday menu. :)

  • Made these the other night and they were delicious. Even my kids loved them. Thank you and look forward to trying more of your recipes!

  • Karen Tannenbaum

    I had to make this dish and it was fabulous. The tiny bit of sugar and then, the lemon juice, just made these beans pop with flavor! Of course, roasting them was also key. I just made them for myself. I am home alone this weekend and like I said, just had to make them, and couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving. I have already forwarded the recipe to at least 4 friends. Thank you again for another simple, tasty recipe and may you and your family have a safe, and delicious Thanksgiving!

  • Elizabeth

    So if I wanted to make this for thanksgiving, could I roast the green beans ahead of time? How would you suggest reheating them? Oven, stove top, microwave?

  • Elizabeth, These would be fine made ahead of time and you can reheat them in the microwave. Hope you enjoy!

  • Kim

    These received rave reviews at the Thanksgiving table last night. I think it took me almost 10 mins extra to get them tender. I’m sure this will be on our Thanksgiving table again next year!

  • Patti

    This is what I love about your blog & recipes … made this last night for a houseful of people, 1st time and it was a star! Your instructions, photos & hints make for a no-fail dish on the very first time. Great recipes, great stories, great pics … when’s the cook book coming out???

  • These were tasty and looked just like your photo! Thanks!

  • Michelle

    My roommate and I have been trying to cook more often and eat healthy. These green beans were delicious. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  • Danielle

    Made this dish for thanksgiving, and it was a huge hit!

  • I’ve now made this half a dozen times, including for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. It’s outstanding! I have cut back a bit on the amount of olive oil called for but otherwise followed the recipe as is. Even as an empty nester just cooking for myself, this is now one of my go-to recipes. Love the combination of crunchy walnuts and slightly sweet dried cranberries with the beans. More, please!

  • Amy

    This was delicious! It’s the only way I’ll eat green beans now!

  • Amy

    This was delicious! It’s the only way I’ll eat green beans!

  • Megan McGarty

    This looks great!! Going to add to my menu for the weekend.

  • Amy Flick

    This sounds tasty – why wait until Thanksgiving to try them?

  • Chrissy

    My favorite green bean dish EVER! This is definately sure to impress at any holiday feast. The flavors go so wonderfully together!

  • Tonya

    These green beans are fantastic! Everyone in my family loves green beans so I’m always trying new ways to make them. These were a big hit.

  • Kim

    I made these along with your mirin glazed salmon for our three friends the other night, and they all loved it. The cranberries, walnuts, and lemon zest and juice went so well with the green beans. Roasting them made it extra special as well. Thanks, Jenn!

  • Mary

    I absolutely love these beans & it’s such a simple recipe. I made them for Christmas & everyone asked for the recipe. This is a great way to get your kids to eat their beans! Thank you Jenn!

  • Amanda S.

    I made this with brussel sprouts instead of green beans and it was amazing! Definitely recommend both versions.

  • Martha R

    Made this for Thanksgiving dinner last year. It was a hit!

  • Gamermom

    This is one of the best things I have ever had. Green beans come in season soon and I will be sure to make these bad boys up. And if you are planning a fancy dinner you can easily make them ahead of time and just reheat.

  • erica

    served with pork tenderloin…yummy!!

  • Joni

    These are the best green beans I’ve ever eaten! I used sesame oil instead of olive oil, just for fun. They were amazing! Thank you!

  • Karen

    Yum. My kids loved these beans! Easy and delicious.

  • Judi

    How would I make this recipe with frozen green beans?

    • Jenn

      Hi Judi, I’m afraid this recipe won’t work with frozen green beans…sorry!

  • Jen

    Awesome!!!!! I made these tonight and they are definitely going on my Thanksgiving menu. Thanks for a great way to may flavorful, non-mushy beans.

  • Kathy

    This is a great recipe. Sometimes I omit the sugar, cranberries and nuts and add sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese after the beans have roasted. But, both ways are incredible.

  • Sandra

    I love the combination of colors in this simple recipe. I’ve served these beans a few times to my family and they still rave about them.

  • Reagan

    I made these tonight and they are amazing! Love them! Will make these on a regular basis! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sam Lueken

    Planning to make this for Thanksgiving this year. Can I prepare it early and then cook it the next day? I love your recipes!

    • Jenn

      Hi Sam, Yes it’s fine to prepare this dish ahead of time.

  • Kathy

    Will craisins work for the dried cranberries?

    • Jenn

      Hi Kathy, Sure that should work fine. Whatever you prefer!

  • Kathy C

    I made these beans last year for Thanksgiving they were the first empty dish.
    Delicious!!!! Five stars.
    A wonderful change from the standard mushy green bean casseroles.

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