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Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan Panko

Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan Panko

Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan PankoPhotos by Rikki Snyder

For the first summer in a long time, I’m not growing a vegetable garden. Sad! We’ve been wanting to move, and I didn’t want to put all the effort into growing vegetables just for someone else to eat if we ended up selling the house — I’m selfish like that. Of all the veggies I grew over the past few summers, I’m going to miss the freaky long beans the most.

Long beans were reliable! They were the only vegetable that I could count on getting a lot of. Maybe because each bean is enough to feed a family of four. (Okay, I’m exaggerating. But just a little.) When you grow regular beans, you need to grow a whole lot of plants to get a decent amount, but just 4 long bean plants in one square foot was more than enough for us and by the end of the summer, we’d be sick of beans.

Why don’t more people grow long beans? Grow long beans! Your neighbors will be impressed.

Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan Panko
Although our long beans looked kind of funny, they tasted like regular green beans, and harvesting so many of them throughout the summer months, I came up with lots of easy recipe ideas for them. We had variations on this Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan Panko recipe many evenings last summer, but it wasn’t something I had written down until now.

I like to roast my green beans, but if you’re one of those people who are morally opposed to turning on the oven during summertime, steaming or grilling works just fine too — the main objective here is just to get your beans cooked. Once they’re cooked, you toss them in fresh lemon juice, and top with with garlicky toasted panko, lemon zest, and grated Parmesan cheese.

Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan Panko
Oh, and about the cheese! Whenever we do a recipe that uses Parmesan this comes up: in the US, it is possible to get vegetarian Parmesan cheese — I usually buy the Whole Foods 365 brand or Organic Valley. Avoid using imported Parmesan because it’s never vegetarian. And if you live in Europe, you’ll want to substitute the Parmesan with vegetarian hard cheese.


Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan Panko

Green Beans with Lemon Parmesan Panko Recipe

Tender roasted green beans are tossed with fresh lemon juice, then topped with toasted panko, lemon zest, and grated Parmesan cheese.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons light olive oil (or any other high smoke point cooking oil), divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Put a rimmed baking sheet in the oven while it preheats.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the green beans with a tablespoon of oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Once the oven has finished heating up, remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully transfer the beans onto it. Roast for about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time, until the beans are tender, but still crisp.
  3. While the beans are cooking, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Stir in the panko and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until it’s toasted and golden brown in color. Transfer to a small bowl and let it cool slightly, then toss the panko with the parmesan cheese and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the green beans to a serving platter and drizzle them with fresh lemon juice. Top the beans with the panko mixture and serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    July 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

    How exciting! I don’t blame you, I would charge them extra in the purchase price to reap the fruits of my labor! LOL

    These look SOOO good! I planted a bean plant this year and all it’s done is try to grow all over the place and produce nothing. I have no idea when it’s supposed to harvest but I thought it would by now. Veggies laugh at me when I try to plant them in my container garden. Though my herbs have given me a hearty chuckle this year as well.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Bush beans or pole beans? My bush beans didn’t do much – I’d never get enough from them for a meal, maybe 5 beans every few days. Pathetic! The long beans did much better for whatever reason. Maybe since they’re Asian, they liked the heat and humidity we get down here.

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    July 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hi Kiersten!

    I think you just might be my green bean soul sister! I too, love growing beans because they are easy and I too love roasting them. Although I confess I’m more boring than you, just roast them in the oven with a little olive oil and sliced almonds so I’m eager to try your lemon/garlic/panko/parm spin!

    Sorry you’re not doing a garden, but your situation is understandable (although the harvest would be a great selling point!!) But yes, a lot of work and you might not reap the rewards so sad.

    We have so many green beans and like you, I love how they just keep coming but I do need new ways to spice them up or they do get boring! Pop over and pick some of mine =)

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      I wish I could! There’s nothing like green beans fresh from the garden. I miss that! But next year, I will have an even bigger garden to make up for it. 😀

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    July 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I cannot wait to move into a real house and grow my own garden! Freaky long beans will be a must (as will loads of Parm to top ’em off!)

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      You’re moving really soon, right? When we were in Madison, I had a plot in a community garden. It was a pain not having it right out the door, but it was a fun way to meet our neighbors and grow a few veggies – not many, because my plot was teeny tiny. 🙂

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    Millie | Add A Little
    July 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Yum! This looks like such a great side dish Kierstan – love the different textures 🙂

  • Reply
    July 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I definitely wouldn’t have put effort into a garden if I thought I was moving. It’s not selfish, it’s time management 😉 These green beaners look soooooo tasty! I’ve been enjoying green beans more this summer than in summers past, so I’m all about these fresh and fun recipes! Love it.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      I always get excited about corn and zucchini, but I kind of forget about green beans. Very uncool of me because green beans are delicious!

  • Reply
    Vicki Robinson
    July 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Hey Kiersten!

    Since hubby and I are meat eaters, I would most definitely make these beans as a side dish!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      They are a perfect side dish, even for a meat eater. 🙂 Thanks for commenting – it’s nice to see you here! We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with the house stuff – we keep going back and forth about it…

  • Reply
    July 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve never roasted green beans. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Oh, you have to try it! It’s my favorite thing to do with them. 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    July 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I love green beans, what a mouth watering topping!

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    [email protected]
    July 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Wow I would love to have home grown veggies!! Thus is such a great idea! Thanks for showing a simple yet delicious recipe!

  • Reply
    Meg van der Kruik
    July 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Kristen, these sound AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to try a gfree version of this dish at our house.

  • Reply
    July 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    This looks to die for!

  • Reply
    July 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I made these tonight and they were fantastic! Loved the recipe – thanks!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 11, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them – thanks for your comment! 🙂

  • Reply
    July 8, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I absolutely love roasted green beans too and this crunchy topping seems like the perfect way to jazz them up!

  • Reply
    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe
    July 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I love green beans and during summertime I eat plenty of them! I simply can’t get enough! So you can imagine how much I love this simple, yet delicious recipe, and I’ll be trying it out asap!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply
    July 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I just got romano beans in my CSA, which I’ve never tried before, and I’m thinking they need to get this lemon parmesan panko treatment! Thanks for the easy side dish idea! Though…I might just eat enough of these to make it a main meal!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      I love having sides as a main dish. That’s one of the perks of being a vegetarian! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ai Lin
    July 23, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Hi Kiersten, just stopping by to let you know that this dish is delicious. I made this as a side dish last night and it was gone in seconds. I skipped the cheese but still so very tasty. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      July 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks for your comment – I’m glad you enjoyed the green beans! 🙂

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