Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Are you ready for a ridiculously easy recipe? As in, so easy that I probably shouldn’t even be posting? But. These sweet and spicy green beans are a complete staple at our house. We’re talking they show up on our dinner table a minimum of once a week. Ahem, usually more. Please don’t judge.

A delicious, healthy and crazy easy recipe for sweet and spicy green beans! French green beans roasted with sweet honey and spicy red pepper flakes!

And yet it never occurred to me to share them here. Not at all. Even though every time I make them, the husband and I both stand at the kitchen counter eating green bean after green bean straight from the baking sheet while simultaneously attempting to put the rest of dinner on our actual plates.

But then. Then one of my friends picked an Asian theme for our monthly potluck dinner. Which led to a discussion about side dishes, that eventually somehow wound up on green beans. And when another friend later asked me what recipe I use for green beans, I proceeded to provide a fairly unhelpful answer. I was all “the one in my brain!” A little of this, a little of that. Very a la my grandma, who never had measurements for any of her recipes.

So I finally wrote it down. Like, really wrote it down. With measurements! About two months too late for that potluck dinner (friend fail!), but it’s here!

And I’m hoping that you completely dig these green beans as much as we do. A little sweet, a little spicy, barely any prep work. That’s a win win win for a side dish – triple threat!

A delicious, healthy and crazy easy recipe for sweet and spicy green beans! French green beans roasted with sweet honey and spicy red pepper flakes!

So, let’s chat about a few things for this recipe.

Tidbits on These Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

  1. I mention this in the recipe below, but be sure to buy the thin green beans for this recipe! French, haricot vert, slender. Got it? Good.
  2. The green beans that I buy come pre-trimmed. Which is awesome. But if yours aren’t, the prep time will likely be a few minutes longer.
  3. Play around with the amount of red pepper flakes to your taste – i.e. how spicy you like things! As written, it’s got a little kick but nothing too crazy (at least I don’t think so).
  4. A word on the yield: the husband and I can eat an obnoxious amount of these green beans in one sitting. I listed it as two to four servings down below … but take that as you will. You’ll probably get closer to four servings if you eat like a normal person (i.e. not like us).

A delicious, healthy and crazy easy recipe for sweet and spicy green beans! French green beans roasted with sweet honey and spicy red pepper flakes!

And yes, we absolutely ate that whole tray immediately after I finishing taking pictures. At 11 o’clock in the morning. Pre-lunch snack? I’ll go with that.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

Total Time:25 minutes

A delicious, healthy and crazy easy recipe for sweet and spicy green beans! French green beans roasted with sweet honey and spicy red pepper flakes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound thin (french / haricot vert) green beans, trimmed
  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey*
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Add the green beans to a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and honey, then sprinkle with the salt and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine. If the green beans are not all lightly coated with oil, drizzle on a little more and toss again. Spread in an even layer.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until tender and browned. Season with additional salt and red pepper flakes to taste, if needed. Serve!

Make sure that you grab skinny green beans for this recipe (not the normal thicker ones)!

Be sure to use a large rimmed baking sheet here (and not a glass baking dish). It makes a difference with this recipe! They brown much better with the sheet.

*Pure maple syrup can be subbed for the honey. It won’t taste exactly the same but will still give that awesome sweet and spicy factor!

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