Crispy Parmesan Green Beans

by Erin

I love fries but sometimes I try to satisfy the craving with healthier alternatives such as these green beans with a crispy Parmesan coating!

Crispy Parmesan Green Beans #ovenfried

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Have you been to Berlin, Germany? If so, you need to tell me where to go when playing hookey we have breaks from the conference my lab will be attending there this June! And since the flight to Europe will be paid for, we are also planning to stay longer for a little extra traveling.

Right now we are thinking Prague since it’s only about 400 miles away. I’d love to go to the Greek islands as well, but might need to save that for my post-PhD vacation treat to myself (with what money I have no idea).

I’ve already been to London, Paris and all over Italy – not that I wouldn’t love to go to any of those places again but I’d like to explore new ones first.

Crispy Parmesan Green Beans #veggiefries

Somehow I must now transition from talking about traveling around Europe to green beans… I am sorry green beans, you were mighty tasty but you are severely overshadowed in my brain at the present moment.

This recipe originally used asparagus, but thought it would work great on green beans as well. I was totally right, but was there really any doubt?

All vegetables should be served coated in cheesy crispiness. These were great alongside pasta with vodka sauce, slow cooker chicken salad sandwiches, and turkey sloppy joes with hoisin.

Post updated 3/26/20, picture above is the original.

One year ago: Feta & Broccoli Pizza

Crispy Parmesan Green Beans #ovenfried


Yield: 2 servings Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 30 fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lay a wire rack on a baking sheet and coat with non-stick spray.
  2. In two separate plates, add the eggs white (lightly beaten) in one and the Panko, flour, cheese, salt, and pepper in the other.
  3. Coat each green bean in egg, then lay in the Panko mixture and thoroughly cover. If the Panko won’t stick, dip back in the egg whites and roll in Panko once again. Lay each bean on the wire rack.
  4. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
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Source: Adapted slightly from How Sweet It Is.

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Marlene February 21, 2012 - 10:44 am

I lived in Berlin for almost a year during university and will be moving back soon. Some things you can’t miss food wise would be heading over to a nice Biergarten, Prater is one of the most famous, and enjoying a liter or two of beer with some Schnitzel or Bratwurst, Burgermeister, in Kreutzburg has amazing burgers if you’re craving one and if you want really traditional southern German fare, Scheune in Grunewald is a great place to go, especially if you check ahead and go to one of their Bavarian dinner nights. There are hundreds of more things and places but these were the top three that came to mind for me.

Katherine February 20, 2012 - 5:06 pm

I want to copy this entire meal! The green beans look so tasty, as does the pasta hiding in the back! Thanks for sharing. Never been to Berlin, but I’ve heard good things about the city!


spiffycookie February 20, 2012 - 11:13 pm

The pasta hiding in the background in vodka sauce made with Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream! It was posted a couple days prior to the green beans.

Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious February 19, 2012 - 3:59 pm

I love everything crispy, including these green beans. They look great Erin.

Emily @ Life on Food February 19, 2012 - 3:32 pm

Prague is amazing. I would definitely recommend it. Its fun to just walk around but there are also lots of more planned things to check out. The food is great too!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 17, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Erin, these look wonderful! I love the healthy recipes you have been adding!! I have to make your green beans! Yum!!

Steph@stephsbitebybite February 17, 2012 - 4:57 pm

GERMANY!!! I want to go there!!! I guess in the mean time I’ll just have to stuff my face with these greenbeans!! (Still sounds like a win win situation)

Kita February 17, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Have I mentioned here that I love green beans? Like LOVE them. These sound droolworthy!

Suzi February 17, 2012 - 3:49 pm

I love grean beans and I love what you have done with them, it is a really clever recipe. I will try it it’s always fun to find new ways to eat out veggies. Have a great day.

Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 17, 2012 - 3:02 pm

I have been to Europe but never to Germany. I’m sure you will have an amazing time! I love how you used green beans in this recipe! I love that idea. So creative! :)

Cassie February 17, 2012 - 2:36 pm

YES, please. I want a whole plate of these!

Tracey February 17, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Sorry, no help on Germany, but I’m sure whatever you do it’ll be awesome! I haven’t had green beans in ages, now you have me craving them :)

Eating Deliciously February 17, 2012 - 11:01 am

I’ve never been to Berlin so I can’t help you there but I can’t wait to try these crispy green beans.

Maureen February 17, 2012 - 7:22 am

I’ve never been to Berlin, sorry. Munich was as close as I got. Sounds like a fab trip though.

Your green beans look amazing. I love them!

Kathryn February 17, 2012 - 7:19 am

I’ve been wanting to go to Berlin for ages – everyone says that it’s such a great city, I’m sure you’ll have a blast! I love green beans cooked like this, crispy parmesan coatings make me very happy.


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