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Easy Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-free)

This fusion, dairy-free, Easy Green Bean Casserole is made with frozen green beans and only 30 minutes to make.

Easy Green Bean Casserole

This Easy Green Bean Casserole is a spin on traditional green bean casserole. I kept this recipe semi-healthy. And, by that, I mean, this green bean casserole is made with 80% clean ingredients and loaded up with fried green beans. Hence, the semi-healthy tag!

I replaced the canned soup with creamy, full-fat coconut milk and a smorgasbord of spices.

11 Ingredients to make green bean casserole with a spin

What are the ingredients needed to make this Easy Green Bean Casserole?

To make this Easy Green Bean Casserole, you will need the following 11 main ingredients, along with some salt and pepper to taste:

  1. Oil
    I used grapeseed oil to make this dish as it is considered a high-heat oil and helps me NOT burn onions, ginger, and garlic when I am sautéing them over medium to high heat.
  2. Red onion
    I used a red onion as that is all that is in my fridge currently. You can use a yellow onion. Or, even some precut onions that are sold in the produce section of most grocery stores. Just make sure to use fresh onion and not onion powder.
  3. Garlic
    Fresh garlic adds so much flavor to this dish.
  4. Ginger
    As with the fresh onion and garlic, fresh ginger is another must for this recipe.
  5. Frozen Green Beans
    I used French-cut frozen green beans. I didn’t thaw the green beans out, as they were going to be sautéed and baked. Instead of frozen green beans, you can also substitute canned green beans or blanched fresh green beans.
  6. Ground coriander
    You can find ground coriander in the spice section of most grocery stores.
  7. Ground smoked paprika
    Ooh the flavor that this spice imparts is hard to beat.
  8. Ground turmeric
    I used a tad bit of turmeric for a bit of flavor and for coloring.
  9. Ground cinnamon
    You might think cinnamon does not fit into this recipe, but, it adds such a subtle flavor boost and unites all the other spices beautifully.
  10. Coconut milk
    Ever since I stumbled on Embre coconut milk, it has been my go-to when I need coconut milk for a dish. I feel not all coconut milk is the same, but this one is creamy and doesn’t have specs of coconut in it.
  11. Fried onions
    I grabbed the first container of fried onions I could find so I do not have any recommendations for this ingredient.
Making dairyfree green bean casserole

Even though The Green Bean Casserole celebrated it’s 60th birthday recently, I wasn’t introduced to it until I had my first Thanksgiving here in the US in the fall of 1993 (36 years after it had been around)! And I was entranced.

I could get used to this creamy, luscious green bean goodness – minus the ensuing flatulence that followed from the milk or cream-based soup used.

Adding coconut milk to dairyfree green bean casserole

Since my first encounter with that green bean casserole, I’ve come to enjoy it in so many different ways over the past holidays.

Sometimes, with the traditional 6 ingredients, it was originally made with. And, other times, with a spin, like a cheesy topping, or as a sauté sans creaminess with a sprinkling of caramelized onions.

Dairyfree green bean casserole

Today, the version I have here isn’t made with condensed soup – it is so creamy – and it is packed with flavor! It is a light sauté of beans, onions, ginger, garlic, and spices. This is then topped with a generous amount of fried onions and baked. This Easy green bean casserole is so flavorful and it will tickle and tease your taste buds.

Are you looking for more semi-healthy side dishes and snacks for this Holiday season? Then, make sure to check out this post with 31 delicious sides and snacks perfect for the holidays!

Dairyfree green bean casserole

Easy Green Bean Casserole (Dairy-free)

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This fusion Easy Green Bean Casserole takes only 30 minutes to make, and it is a creamy, dairy-free spin on traditional green bean casserole.


  • 2 tablespoons oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 1 red onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1.5 inch chunk of ginger
  • 15 oz bag frozen green beans
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 11.1 fl oz Full fat Coconut milk (1 1/3 cup approximately)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fried onions
  • OPTIONAL - parsley to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel and dice the red onion, garlic cloves, and ginger.
  3. Add oil to a heavy bottom pan and then add in the diced onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté about 5 minutes, stirring often, so the threesome does not burn.
  4. Add in the frozen beans (they do not need to be thawed).
  5. Add in the coriander, smoked paprika, turmeric, and cinnamon and stir well.
  6. Then add in the coconut milk and stir well.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir well.
  8. Turn the stove off. Carefully transfer this green bean mixture to an oven-safe dish.
  9. Sprinkle the fried onions on top.
  10. Place the green bean casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
  11. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley (though this is totally optional).
  12. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 160Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 87mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 2g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an approximation only. Savory Spin makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Please do consult a professional nutritionist for more accurate information. Please do keep in mind that prep times, cooking times, etc, are provided as guidelines as there are so many variables at play.

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Thursday 30th of November 2017

This is the coolest looking and I'm sure super delicious green bean casserole! Love it! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! Trying this recipe next :)


Thursday 30th of November 2017

YES!!! That was an awesome segue my friend. And I would have expected no less!!! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. This fresh green bean casserole looks delicious. I'm not a fan of condensed soup in green bean casserole, so loved hearing the "kick" that Kikkoman's gives with the soy sauce and also the panko bread crumbs. Sounds absolutely delicious and perfect alongside the bird. Hope all is well and thank you for another scrumptious recipe. XOXO

Amber Edwards

Thursday 30th of November 2017

I was never a fan of the heavy/creamy green bean casserole. But now this recipe I could totally go for! It looks and sounds amazing! And I love it's a lighter version of a holiday classic! #client

Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

Thursday 30th of November 2017

This looks like the perfect side dish for all the holiday dinners. My family loves green beans, so I know this will be a winner for sure.

David @ Spiced

Thursday 30th of November 2017

Kikkoman is making panko bread crumbs now? Awesome! I'll have to keep an eye out next time I'm at Walmart! I love the idea of topping green beans with panko-crusted onions. In fact, those panko onions sound like they might be a snack in and of a baked onion ring? Mmmm...onion rings. :-) This sounds like my kind of holiday meal, and I'd gladly keep from spilling the beans if it means an extra helping of this one. Looks delicious, Shashi!!

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