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Slow-Cooked Green Beans

I spent hours in search of sides for a cooking demo to present to women from my church. These easy green beans became my star attraction. —Alice White, Willow Spring, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 16 cups frozen french-style green beans (about 48 ounces), thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce


  • Place beans in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Mix remaining ingredients; pour over beans and toss to coat. Cook, covered, on low until heated through, 2-3 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 143 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • ChocolateMudCake
    Nov 29, 2020

    Wasn't crazy about the sweetness of the brown sugar. Just not our thing. I'm sure they're other people's favorite. I'd rather have traditional green bean casserole. But thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • makeda
    Sep 4, 2020

    go to for any family gathering! i use 4 cans of french cut green beans, drained and rinsed to cut down on the sodium; all other ingredients as noted; never take any home 'cuz they eat them all!

  • Patti
    Apr 12, 2020

    Add some lemon juice to cut the sweetness of the brown sugar. While you're at it, add the zest of the lemon for a really awesome flavor.

  • Janet
    Apr 4, 2020

    Excellent! Used garlic powder instead of garlic salt to cut down of sodium.

  • Appy_Girl
    Jun 5, 2019

    Both hubby and I really enjoyed this recipe. I used garlic powder instead of the garlic salt. Really down sized the amounts for just us 2. I used fresh green beans which i sliced down the middle. Baked at 250, covered for 1-1/2 hours. Fabulous. Volunteer Field Editor.

  • annrms
    Apr 18, 2019

    I had the time and space so I cooked this recipe on the stovetop, making enough for 2. I only added 1/4 teaspoon of brown sugar, garlic salt, and soy. Also added 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger as one reviewer suggested. We cleaned our plates; so delicious!!!

  • Lucy
    Nov 18, 2018

    Green Beans are by far my favorite veggie. I wanted to make this ahead of Thanksgiving so my extended family didnt end up being my guinea pigs. Sure glad I did. I reduced the recipe in half so I gave some credit for that. This was not very good at all. Who doesnt like brown sugar butter green beans and soy sauce? Usually nobody. I double checked my ingredients and measurements and they were spot on but not this dish.

  • Aquarelle
    Apr 29, 2018

    I reduced all of the quantities by 2/3 to feed my small family: 16-oz. bag of French-cut frozen green beans, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 2 tbsp. melted butter, 1/2 tsp. garlic salt and 1/4 tsp. soy sauce. This amount fits perfectly into a 1 1/2-quart slow cooker. I've made it a few times now and have decided that everyone likes it better if I go scanty on the brown sugar and add just a dribble of additional soy sauce. I love that you can start it early and forget about it while you're preparing other dishes.

  • upwords5
    Mar 20, 2018

    I used fresh green beans. I steamed them for 6 minutes in the microwave and then put them in the crock pot. so easy to make. I added an onion and some ginger for even more flavor. My family ate the whole thing. Will definitely make these again

  • PadFan
    Feb 20, 2018

    This is such an easy way to fix a side dish—especially for a big meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas! Very tasty; however, my family felt they were too sweet, so now I cut down on the sugar and add a splash more soy sauce and they are perfect!