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Speckbohnen (German green beans)
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5 from 5 votes

Speckbohnen (German green beans)

The simple additions to green beans make for a tasty and much more interesting side dish than beans alone.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 3 -4
Calories: 77kcal


  • 6 oz green beans
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • ¼ onion
  • 3/3 oz speck or bacon (or prosciutto)


  • Cook the green beans as you would normally - I'd suggest either steam them for a few minutes, boil or cook in the microwave with a little water. Whichever way, it will only take a couple minutes and you want them tender but only just so they don't become mushy and keep their nice green color. Drain and set aside.
  • While the beans are cooking, melt the butter in a small-medium skillet. Finely dice the onion and add it to the pan. Cook for a minute while you finely slice and dice the speck or bacon. Add the speck/bacon to the pan and cook for a couple minutes until it is starting to crisp. Add the cooked beans, cook a minute, stirring regularly, then serve. 


Note - some people add a little vinegar, sugar and mustard along with the beans to add additional flavor. I'd suggest no more than around 1tablespoon vinegar and sugar and 1teaspoon mustard, but maybe less. I don't think they are really needed but play around with the flavors to taste.


Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 7.6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.6mg