Baked Green Bean Fries with Basil Aioli

There’s been some serious online buzz about the Oven-Fried Pickles I made a few weeks back. Of course, I loved them so much we had to make them again since then, so I can see why people are loving them so much.

I’m beginning to see a pattern: vegetables + Panko = crunchy success!

And then I Stumbled Upon a recipe for Green Bean Fries that also called for Panko breadcrumbs. Except they were fried in a vat of oil. Certainly that wouldn’t fly.

With the oven-fried pickles still at the forefront of my mind, I figured the green bean fries could be backed to a crispy perfection.

Ends up, I was right.

My theory on vegetables and Panko holds true.

Parents and those with picky eaters and vegetable-haters to feed, I encourage you to try this recipe. The green beans are detectable, but not prominent. And the crunch of the Panko quickly deters any attention a green bean may attract. ;)

So I had my green bean fries, but then came the predicament of what to dip them in. Wanting a change from our go-to light ranch dressing, I opted for a quick search through my recipe inbox and decided on a Basil Aioli.

Question: What fried food do you love but wish were healthier?



  1. Mmmm…we had fried green beans the other night as an app at a bar, but they were SO heavy. These sound like a much healthier version!

  2. Thanks for the idea, I’m adding this “panko” idea to my wellness class on how to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Brilliant! Of course, I’ve still never used Panko, can you believe it?! I use breadcrumbs, but haven’t run out of my breadcrumbs and am too cheap to buy Panko before I run out. Next time though…Panko!

    I wish wings were healthier. I would eat them everyday.

    • Once you use Panko, you’ll never go back to breadcrumbs…they’re like half the calories and fat, if I remember correctly. It’s substantial! And the crunch factor – unbeatable :)

  3. I love green bean fries now – but haven’t tried anything like this! This looks amazing.

    I love french fries and sweet potato fries – fried fish too!

    I need to try the fried pickles too – something for July.

  4. Girl, you are clever!!! I’ve got a big box of Panko in my pantry right now, and now I know how I’m going to use it! :)

  5. Girl, you are genius! My hubby and I always split an order of green bean fries when we go to my favorite restaurant. I’m VERY glad to have a less indulgent option now!

  6. Doesn’t the word aoili just scream fancy? I love it :)

    And these look fab!

  7. Heather says:

    They look awesome— my Grandfather’s garden just made piles and piles of green beans. These are on the menu for next week now.

    By the way— received my food scale in the 2 weeks ago from your giveaway. It is a really nice addition to the kitchen. We’ve been weighing everything and my husband has been seeing nice results with his diet! Thanks again!

  8. OK – so our town’s farmers market is tonight and I will so be making these for dinner. YUM.

  9. You rock…I have an entire grocery bag of green beans I’ve picked this week, and plenty of fresh basil!!! Making these as soon as I remember to get panko from the store!

  10. Awesome! I remember seeing green bean fries at TGI Fridays or something like that once and wondered about them… I’ve made zucchini fries, but that’s about as far as I’ve ventured… :)

  11. I’ve been dying to try these!! I love that you baked them :)

  12. I never thought I would say this but…those green beans look delicious!
    One fried food that I love but wish was healthier is fried Oreos. I don’t know how they could possibly be healthified, but I love them so much! ;-)

  13. They look awesome! My favorite fried food that I wish was healthier are french fries….but the good thing is that I actually enjoy baking the potatoes instead! Instead of feeding the baked green bean fries to kids, can I try it on my hubby? LOL! He’s not a fan of too many veggies but I bet he’d love this!

  14. LOVE! Hannah and I love the fried green beans at Friday’s – I am definitely putting these on the list of things to make – thanks Nicole!

  15. These look amazing! I’ll be trying these once my beans have fully grown!

  16. Yum!! I tried the “baked” fried pickles this weekend. Only my gluten-free bread crumbs kinda sucked and ended up making wadded corn balls. I need to try a different brand. I like faux fried foods at home because I can’t eat gluten filled fried foods out.

  17. Oh my goodness these look good. I knew there was a reason I needed to buy panko.

  18. What a fantastic idea! I bet I could get Apolinaras to eat his green beans if I made them this way :)

  19. These look great! We are in the process of moving but once we get settled this will be one of the first things I make!

  20. I think I set myself up to fail on this one, g beans this time of year aren’t the best in Michigan :/ the cruch was great but our beans were off? Think I’ll have to try the oven friend pickles soon, those are always in season :)

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Bummer! I can nearly GUARANTEE you’ll love the baked “fried” pickles…we can’t get enough of them! I started pickling just to make them! :)

  21. I have now made two of your recipes in a span of 4 days, and have loved both! I made these tonight to go with turkey burgers, and they were fantastic!

  22. Making these right now and can’t wait to try them. I love how the panko crumbs stick to the green beans! I can tell that these are going to be delicious and healthier. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Hope you love them! :)

      • They came out perfect and my husband usually isn’t the fresh green bean kind of guy, but he said they were really good! Sharing your blog with everyone on Pinterest! Thanks Nicole!

  23. These look so delicious! I’m not a very good cook, but I am definitely going to give these a try :)

  24. Are these gluten free? Are all recipes gluten free?


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