How to Cook The Best Green Beans Ever

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The Best Green Beans Ever Made are so easy and so delicious! This is one of those classic side dishes we grew up with. We have fond memories of eating it at home with the whole family, at holiday meals like Thanksgiving, and even at BBQs and potlucks in the summer. Preparing and cooking green beans can be considered an art form: if you do it right, you’ll get perfectly crisp-tender results, and you’ll never have overcooked green beans again! Best of all, this dish is ready in about 20 minutes. This is the perfect side dish option if you’re pressed for time but still want to cook a well-balanced meal. Whether you’re serving them for a large gathering or for an easy weeknight dinner, this is by far the best way to cook green beans!

Are Mung Beans Steamed or Boiled?

We tested several different cooking methods, and there’s a clear consensus: The best way to cook green beans is to steam them. There are a few different ways to do this, which we’ve detailed on our recipe card!

Green Bean Options:

Did you know there are over 100 different kinds of green beans out there? You can use any of them to prepare the best green beans ever! Here are some of the most common:

  • green beans
  • beans
  • French Green Beans
  • romano beans
  • Long beans

This recipe works best with fresh green beans, but you can also use frozen in a pinch.

How do I catch and trim fresh green beans?

Fresh green beans need to be rinsed and the ends trimmed. You can snap off the ends on each side by hand, or trim them with a knife. Long green beans may need to be broken in half for easier serving. The best way to cook green beans is to start with a well-prepared vegetable!

Device options:

You can find 4 different ways to make the best green beans ever in the recipe card below. They both involve steaming vegetables, and we think that’s the only way to make them! You will need some special equipment to craft them:

  • steamboat: You can buy a specialized kitchen appliance called a steamer. It has a base, a steamer basket and a lid.
  • Makeshift steamer: A makeshift steamer can be made using a pot, a colander, and a lid that fits at least somewhat.
  • pan: The pan method isn’t perfect, but it works. Choose a pan large enough to hold all your vegetables.
  • microwave: Make sure to use a microwave-safe bowl.

Head to your kitchen, see what equipment you have on hand, and follow the instructions accordingly!

What can I add to the green beans for flavor?

In our opinion, the best way to cook green beans is after steaming with a little butter, salt and pepper. If you want more flavor, consider adding:

  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • thyme
  • coriander
  • oregano
  • parmesan cheese

Service suggestion:

Best ever green beans are the ultimate side dish. We like to pair ours with:

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

You can store leftover green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. To reheat, place them in the microwave and heat in 30-second increments until heated through. You can also reheat on the stovetop if you prefer. Heat a little butter or olive oil in a skillet or skillet (so the vegetables don’t stick together) over medium heat until the vegetables are warm.

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Learn how to cook the best green beans ever! They are so simple, yet so delicious. They could be your family’s new favorite vegetable.

Preparation time 5 minute

cooking time 15 minute

total time 20 minute

raw material

  • 1 1/2 pound fresh mung beans end trim
  • 4 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper

instruct

  • Steam the green beans until tender.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and steamed green beans. Season with salt and pepper. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve hot.

notes

How to Steam Green Beans
1. Steamer
You can buy an actual specialized kitchen appliance called a steamer. It has a base, a steamer basket and a lid. You simply fill the base with a few inches of water, place the vegetables in a basket that fits the base, put the lid on, heat the water to a boil, and steam away.
2. Temporary steamer
A makeshift steamer can be made using a pot, a colander, and a lid that fits at least somewhat. You’ll put an inch or two of water in the pot and put the colander over it. The colander should be able to rest on the pot without touching the water in the bottom. Then close the lid. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. As long as it traps most of the steam inside.
3. Pan
The pan method isn’t perfect, but it works. Choose a pan large enough to hold all your vegetables. Put half an inch of water in the bottom and bring to a boil. Add your veggies, cover, reduce heat to low, and let it simmer. The water will generate enough steam to cook the vegetables, but the vegetables that actually touch the water may be a little soggy or overcooked.
4. Microwave oven
To use a microwave safe bowl, just put a little water to cover the bottom of it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke holes in it to allow some steam to escape. Microwave until desired doneness is reached.

Calories: 102kcal | carbohydrate: 8G | protein: 2G | fat: 7G | Saturated fat: 4G | cholesterol: 20mg | sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 239mg | fiber: 3G | sugar: 3G | Vitamin A: 1015unit | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | calcium: 44mg | iron: 1.2mg

How to Cook the Best Green Beans Ever