Without turning on your oven. The slow cooker, a skillet, the Instant Pot, the air fryer, and the microwave. Because why not? In order for us to call it green bean casserole, it must have three ingredients. Green beans, mushrooms, of any capacity, and those good old’ fried onions.

Slow cooker recipe

Slow cooker recipe

The first way is in the slow cooker. The only caveat here is that you are not going to get that crispy, golden topping that you would get in the oven. So we’ll have to make that separately. We just add in our cream of mushroom soup, some milk, salt and pepper. We give that a stir, and we’ll add in our mushrooms. See then no one really knows you used the can stuff. This is three pounds of green beans. Get those mixed in, just want to make sure everything gets nice and coated. You gotta love it when your mixing bowl also serves as your cooking vessel, vessel. Close it up. (Snaps) We are going to go high for three hours.

Even though I don’t like dirtying up multiple pans when I’m using a Crock-Pot, this topping is pretty easy, and delicious. This combines a little fresh with a little store-bought convenience product. So, that’s always good. The red onion adds good flavour and color. We’ll cook these until they’re slightly softened, and a little bit golden brown. Now, I am going to add that crunchy goodness and some Parmesan cheese. (Sizzling) Simple as that, that goes straight on top of the casserole.

Frying Pan, Skillet recipe

Frying Pan, Skillet recipe

Green bean casserole in the skillet is the perfect way to make green bean casserole when you don’t have room in the oven. But this is not the way to go if you’ve got a big crowd to feed. We just start out by sautéing some onions and mushrooms. We are going to add in some flour. After you cook down the flour, you are going to add in some low-sodium chicken stock, a little bit of milk to make it creamy, and just a touch of dry sherry. This is just going to give it such a great flavor. Stir that around, as it comes to a simmer, it will thicken, like that cream of mushroom soup.

We are going to thicken it up a little more with some Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. This recipe uses the microwaveable bag of those French green beans, so these are a little tenderer, a little more delicate. You can steam those in the bag, and then just shock them in some cold water to stop cooking them. Remember, you are going to serve right outta the skillet, so clean it up a little bit. You’re probably thinking, it’s missing something, and you’re right.

We still have to have that crunchy onion topping in order for this to be true green bean casserole. It starts out with whole wheat panko breadcrumbs, some fresh parsley, Parmesan cheese, fresh garlic, and a little olive oil. I am going to add a little more salt and pepper. We’ll stir this together, put it on top, and just pop it in the broiler for like two minutes, and they’re all done. There’s no way we can leave out our friend, the Instant Pot.

This is a great way to make the green bean casserole because you can feed a lot of people out of this in a shorter amount of time. However, the only problem I have with this way, is it’s not like a full casserole. It doesn’t bake together or come together, it’s like we kind of has to make it in stages. But all the elements are there, so hopefully, it satisfies the craving. Just sautéed some onions, garlic, and mushrooms in a little bit of olive oil on the sauté setting. Once those are cooked, we’re going to stir in some chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Give that a stir.

Instant pot recipe

Instant pot recipe

This is another method that doesn’t use the canned cream of mushroom soup. You also don’t have to precook your green beans, which I like. Therefore, we are going to add these green beans right on top of the sautéed onions and mushrooms. You don’t want to stir it at this point. We want to keep all that liquid on the bottom of the Instant Pot. Lid’s on, we seal the vent, and we are going to pressure cook for one minute. It’s done cooking. It’s been releasing naturally for a couple of minutes. Going to turn it off and carefully release the pressure. (Air hissing) Pressure is released. Green beans are cooked.

Now, these green beans look like the ones you get out of a can. I’m not mad at that. I don’t know if it’s a southern thing, but there are time when I want my green beans crunchy, and this is not one of ’em. Press saute on your Instant Pot, and we’re going to make the creamy goodness to pour on top. So all I have is a half a cup of heavy cream, going to add in some flour, whisk that together, and as this heat back up, it is going to simmer a little bit and thicken.

Air fryer recipe

Air fryer recipe

I didn’t think I was really gonna like this method, but I kinda do. Still don’t know if you could really call it a casserole, but it does meet all the requirements. I’m gonna turn this off, and we’re ready to serve, and let’s not forget the finishing touch. I’m not mad at it. I can’t leave out my friend, the air fryer. You know how I feel about this thing. If it’s gonna take up this much space on my counter, I better find a use for it. This definitely uses the word casserole, very lightly, but let’s give a try, shall we? Fresh green beans, fresh mushrooms, and some onion.

I’m gonna toss these with a little bit of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I’m throwing this together, just like I would roasting these vegetables in the oven. But the point of this whole exercise was to not take up our oven space, so I mean it’s gonna be good. I’m not trying to be a hater, but where’s the creamy goodness? I am going to air fry these at 400, because we are going’ for that roasted feel. I have no idea how long this is going to take, probably close to 10 minutes. Spray your basket, I’ll just add the whole thing.

We are just going to need to check this throughout the process, and toss it to keep ‘I all evenly cooked. Here we go. All right, our air fryer is done. Took a total of about 15 minutes. Therefore, I am going to pull this out. This is definitely a good, just use for your air fryer on a weeknight. It doesn’t require a lot of babysitting. And of course, the fried onions.

These are not air-fried onions. But you were so good in your casserole, I mean, add a little bit of indulgence. I am going to call this, the healthier green bean casserole. I do not want any nasty comments for this fifth, and final way, to make green bean casserole. In the microwave. I do not generally cook in the microwave. However, I do have some really good recipes from my college dorm. That’s another story. I’m just here to show you that it can be done.

Microwave  recipe

Microwave  recipe

This is like the emergency method, but at the end of the day, it is probably going to be the best tasting, because it is going to be the one that our mom and grandmother used to make. The only difference is they baked it in the oven. So I’m going in with three cans of drained green beans. The can of goodness, a little bit of milk, and half of our amount of fried onions. Give that a good ol’ stir. I’m not even adding salt and pepper.

I’m keeping this true to the recipe on the side of the onion can. Okay, all that’s mixed together. Going’ straight into a microwaveable safe dish, and then top it with some more of the onions. Let’s go to the microwave. About six to seven minutes, and we will have green bean casserole. And it’s done. That looks like the one momma used to make, but I don’t think she made it in the microwave. Let’s finish what we started. This is the slow cooker version. It’s been cooking for about three hours on high. The green beans are nice and tender, but because we blanched them before we put them in here, they’re still a pretty green color.

This onion mixture’s going right on top, and we will serve it straight from the Crock-Pot. Doesn’t get much easier than that. And there you have it, five different green bean casseroles, cooked in five different ways, not in the oven. Let’s review. Let’s start with the Crock-Pot. What I love about this method is that it’s super easy. You’re not dirtying a bunch of dishes. You can fix it and forget it, and it serves a crowd. And this is really good. Next up, skillet green beans. This, again, is your fancier option, one where you don’t mind cooking while your guests are there, but this method is not for feeding a crowd. The flavor of the skillet green beans is more upscale. You don’t get that cream of mushroom from a can flavor, because it wasn’t used. It tastes lighter, I love the crunchy topping.

I think your guests would like this. I’m surprised by how much I liked our third method. Green bean casserole in the Instant Pot. The green beans are not the most attractive, but they are nice and soft, but they started fresh, not from a can. It still has that canned texture, but the flavor is way better. And then we have plenty of crunchy topping. Mmm, that might be the winner. I kind of want to disqualify our fourth competitor here in the air fryer.

But look, this version is for the healthy cook. The one that doesn’t love casseroles, because you don’t get that creamy canned anything. It does have the components of crunchy onions, green beans, and mushrooms, but casserole is used loosely. I think it’s a great use for the air fryer. Not so much for Thanksgiving, but for any weeknight. And for our final trick, green bean casserole in the microwave. I gotta get in on this one. I really did not want to make this in the microwave, but it worked.

This is the casserole that you had when you were a kid. Nothing fancy about it. Will it satisfy the craving, if you just have to please a couple of people at your Thanksgiving table, and you do not feel like cooking, or maybe you do not cook? Green bean casserole in the microwave. I’m surprised to admit that my favourite way to prepare and eat green bean casserole this holiday season, is in the Instant Pot. The green beans are the perfect classic soft texture, but there’s a great amount of flavor. Love the crispy onions. The cream sauce is just enough, and I’m happy.


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