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

Cooked green beans in a stainless steel skillet

How do I steam vegetables?

Steaming vegetables is a healthy way to cook vegetables. It requires no additional fats and the steaming process helps the vegetable itself to retain more nutrients and flavor.  There are a few different methods you can use.

1. Steamer

There is an actual specialized kitchen appliance you can buy called a steamer. It has a base, a steaming basket, and a lid. You just fill the base with a couple inches of water, put the veggies in the basket that fits over the base, put the lid on, heat the water to simmering, and steam away.

2. Makeshift Steamer

A makeshift steamer can be made using a pot, a colander, and a lid that at least somewhat fits. You put an inch or two of water in the pot and then put the colander over it. The colander should be able to fit over the pot without touching the water in the base. Then cover it with a lid. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. Just as long as it traps most of the steam inside.

3. Pan

The pan method isn’t perfect, but it does work. Pick a saucepan that is big enough to fit all your veggies in it. Put a half inch of water in the bottom and bring it to a boil. Add in your veggies, put the lid on, and reduce the heat to low so it just simmers. The water will create enough steam to cook the vegetables, but the veggies that actually touch the water might get a little soggy or overcooked.

4. Microwave

Use a microwave safe bowl and just put a little bit of water in to cover the bottom of it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke a couple holes in it to allow some steam to escape. Microwave until desired done-ness is reached.

Cooked green beans on a white plate.

How do I snap and trim fresh green beans?

Fresh green beans need to be rinsed and then the ends need to be trimmed. You can use your hands to snap off the very end of each side, or use a knife to trim. Long green beans may need to be snapped in half for easier eating.

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Cooked green beans in a stainless steel skillet
Learn how to make the best green beans ever! They are totally simple, but totally delicious. They may be your family's new favorite vegetable.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans ends trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  • Steam the green beans until tender.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in butter and steamed green beans. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Notes
How to Steam Green Beans
1. Steamer
There is an actual specialized kitchen appliance you can buy called a steamer. It has a base, a steaming basket, and a lid. You just fill the base with a couple inches of water, put the veggies in the basket that fits over the base, put the lid on, heat the water to simmering, and steam away.
2. Makeshift Steamer
A makeshift steamer can be made using a pot, a colander, and a lid that at least somewhat fits. You'd put an inch or two of water in the pot and then put the colander over it. The colander should be able to fit over the pot without touching the water in the base. Then cover it with a lid. It doesn't have to be a prefect fit. Just as long as it traps most of the steam inside.
3. Pan
The pan method isn't perfect, but it does work. Pick a saucepan that is big enough to fit all your veggies in it. Put a half inch of water in the bottom and bring it to a boil. Add in your veggies, put the lid on, and reduce the heat to low so it just simmers. The water will create enough steam to cook the vegetables, but the veggies that actually touch the water might get a little soggy or overcooked.
4. Microwave
Use a microwave safe bowl and just put a little bit of water in to cover the bottom of it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and poke a couple holes in it to allow some steam to escape. Microwave until desired done-ness is reached.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Green Beans

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Diane Boyd

3 stars
For more flavor, I use bacon grease. I also add diced sweet onion.

kimberley triplett

Been making my beans like this for over 27 years.

Mona

I use sesame oil. finger lickin’ good

Susan McGovern

5 stars
I have to admit, after many, many years of cooking green beans, I tried this simple method and my family could not get enough! Simple and delicious! Thank you!

Lorna Talton

5 stars
This is how I make my string beans and my family loves them, but I do add some garlic powder and a little bit of Salad Supreme spice…

Cheryl

Lorna, great idea about the Salad Supreme. I have some and don’t use it for salads so this is a great use. Thanks!

Carolyn

Salad supreme tastes great in a pasta salad with lots of vegetables and pasta.

Susan

What is Salad Supreme? Would it be with the salad dressings in the grocery? Thank you😊

acHg

On the spice aisle, as it’s a seasoning.

Sandi

Wow!! I use the salad supreme seasoning in mine too and hubby loves them. He says nobody can beat my beans..lol But I buy the “whole” beans in cans (not the cut) so they appear more like fresh beans, the salad seas. and garlic salt, either butter or bacon grease and fry them til all the cans juices evaporate. Awesome.

acHg

We love Salad Supreme Seasoning, here.

Brenda Sammons

The best I Added fresh chopped garlic also wonderful

Wonderful! Love fresh green beans we often cook them with bacon and some diced onion. Garlic salt and pepper. So yummy.

Tammi Mitchell

I also add a can of drained stewed tomatoes. Soooo good!

Simone

This is a great recipe for those mom’s who make their own baby food. Just ace the salt and pepper if need be ? Also when I make these for the adults I sometimes add dehydrated onionsseadon salt one packet of spender and garlic powder and lemon juice. I have for a holiday meal even added almond slivers.

Allison

5 stars
Right before the last stir in the pan I add rosemary and grated parmesan to this delicious recipe.

Maryanne Mikulka

5 stars
I have made these for years but add half a teaspoon of garlic powder to enhance the flavor

Southern Senior

5 stars
Used frozen cut beans steamed in microwave per directions, then sautéed in butter, salt, pepper and my ‘go to herb’ ground thyme. Delicious

Debra

4 stars
Just needs a touch of garlic!

Katherine Conway

5 stars
Brilliant

5 stars
These beans are amazing

Daniela

Excelent!

5 stars
Best beans ever

Susan

5 stars
I love these green beans. When I make them I also add some red pepper sometimes green pepper and some garlic minced garlic and they’re fabulous.

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