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Keto Green Beans Recipe with Cream Cheese

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Keto green beans with cream cheese and garlic are a simple, under 10-minute green bean side dish that is low-carb and keto-friendly.

This truly is an easy side dish recipe idea to whip up, but it has tons of flavor in each bite.

canned green beans and frozen green beans mixed in cream cheese in a skillet

Why Simple Green Bean Dishes just Work.

Anything other than frozen vegetables and butter on the side of the plate often turns me off regarding side dishes.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed during the school week and think chicken/corn, chicken/broccoli, chicken/peas, etc., so having easy dishes that really dress up your sides without too much work is a must.

When it comes to green beans, there is no doubt that green bean casserole with cream of chicken is about the most flavorful thing you can make. But that shouldn’t be the only time you make green beans during the year.

And these easy, simple, and 10-minute green beans with cream cheese are a creamy, homemade side dish that is low carb and keto-friendly.

Are Green Beans low-carb?

Yes! Green beans are a great source of healthy vegetables with wonderful nutritional value.

While many keto or low carb dieters prefer to use their net carbs in other ways, I love the healthy green bean.

You can easily enjoy a cup of green beans with only 7 carbs! There really are a lot of kinds of beans, and while the “green” kind gets the worst rap, to me, they are also the best tasting and worth it. Plus, should you really feel guilty about eating a side of veggies?

Is Cream Cheese low-carb?

Cream cheese is another low-carb option, and since it’s dairy, it is also super keto-friendly and a great way to get some fats in. You can expect about 3.5 cards in a 3-ounce container of cream cheese.

How to make Keto Green Beans

There are so many choices when it comes to beans. You can either get canned whole green beans, use fresh green beans, or use frozen but thawed green beans.

Here is the breakdown, depending on which kind you use:

Note: You just need one kind, not all kinds!

  • 2 cans of drained whole green beans (equaling 30 oz)
  • 14 oz of fresh but boiled green beans
  • 1 bag of frozen green beans

You also need 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 tablespoon of cream cheese, and some seasonings.

This recipe is easy to scale back.

Please note in my recipe images that I used some frozen AND canned green beans to get the variation of colors (and because I had some frozen left over that I needed to use up!)

Dinner Ideas for Green Beans

Serve your green beans alongside just about anything.

My favorite dinners that go with green beans are Chicken and Rice Casserole, Cajun chicken Alfredo, Copycat Alice Springs Chicken, Honey Garlic Chicken, or Simple Ritz Chicken Casserole.

Cream cheese green beans on a fork ready to serve

Green Bean Side Dishes

Need more side dish recipes to enjoy your green beans?? 

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Keto Green Beans with Cream Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Keto Green Beans in Cream Cheese and garlic are a delicious smothered green beans hot side dish that is low carb friendly and flavorful for the keto diet!


  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 30 oz. drained can of green cut whole beans OR 1 bag frozen green beans


  • Pour drained or frozen green beans, plus minced garlic, into a skillet on medium heat.
  • Heat green beans for approximately 3 minutes to warm up.
  • Now add 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon of cream cheese and stir until all combined, heating for 3-5 minutes more.
  • Serve cream cheese green beans with salt and pepper


  • This simple dish can be served with bits of bacon, crispy onions, or if keeping keto free, try Keto Cheese Crisps for your crunch.
  • I do not recommend using french green beans as the cream cheese makes the dish heavy and your beans will get limp and supersaturated
  • Nutritional values are hard to calculate as the measurements are picking up all the green bean options as being in the recipe, so please use your apps to calculate


Serving: 1 | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 407mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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  1. Shani Mountjoy says:

    How long would I boil fresh green beans before placing them in the skillet?

    1. Hi Shani, if you want to boil fresh green beans, place in a pot and bring to a boil (with beans in there) and once its boiling, they take about 5 minutes to be tender.

  2. I don’t think the carb count for this is accurate at all. If it is, this shouldn’t be marked as keto friendly as it’s not.

    1. Hi Rachel! No, it probably isnt correct. Those on my site (all blog sites actually) are auto calculated from programs in the recipe card and it likely took where I said 30oz of green beans OR 1 bag of frozen and combined them into one serving. Ill look it over and see if I can figure out a way it doesnt pull it like that.

      I use carbmanager on my phone to figure out my carbs if that helps you.


    2. I used the Atkins calculator app and if this is 4 servings comes out to about 6.5g carbs.

  3. Is it 2 tablespoons of cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of butter? You mentioned “2 tablespoons off a block of cream cheese” but the recipe card states 1 tablespoon of cream cheese. Thanks! It looks delicious!

    1. Tracy, so it does include the butter, but you are the first person to bring up I left it off the overall ingredient list. How I wrote that sentence was a big confusing. I updated it to clarify! Thanks for sharing your thoughts so I could make sure I make sure the recipe is clear.


  4. Ange Fergtown says:

    Very tasty! And so easy! I will do this again!

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