Ever wondered how long to boil green beans? Cooking fresh green beans doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. With these tips, you’ll learn how to cook them fast and how to use them in your favorite recipes.
Green beans are versatile and tasty vegetables that can go well with many dishes. You can pair them with potatoes and meat for a classic meal, or use them in pasta sauce or oven dishes for something different.
One of my favorite ways to prepare green beans is to bake them with bacon in the oven. This adds a smoky flavor and a crunchy texture to the beans.
This recipe is also great for festive occasions, like Christmas or Thanksgiving, when I want to impress my guests with a simple but delicious side dish.
Can you steam green beans?
Did you know that you can also steam green beans? Like broccoli, they retain their color better this way and retain even more vitamins!
Steaming is a wonderful way to cook green beans, as they keep their bright color and more of their vitamin content.
You can use a steamer basket or an insert for your pan to do this easily. Just make sure the water does not touch the beans and the lid is tight on the pan.
Green beans that are steamed are also perfect for salads, as they stay nice and green. You can also add other ingredients to make them more flavorful.
How long should I cook them?
How long the green beans need to cook depends largely on the size of the beans.
If you want them to cook quickly? Cut the beans into smaller pieces.
At the bottom of this post, I will explain exactly how and how long to cook them.
What to serve them with?
- One of my favorite combinations is hachee and mashed potatoes with green beans.
- You can also use up any leftover beans in a fresh salad.
- Add some green beans to your homemade spaghetti sauce for extra crunch and flavor.
- A simple and delicious side dish for Christmas dinner is green beans sautéed with bacon and onion.
To make this recipe, you will need a large pan to cook the green beans in and colander to drain them.
If you want to steam them you will also need a steamer basket or a special insert for your pan. You can simply buy these at the blokker or online at bol.com, for example.
To store them, it is handy to have storage containers or freezer bags in the house. In these they do not dry out and stay nice longer.
Refrigerator: in the refrigerator, cooked green beans stay good for 2-3 days.
Freezer: you can freeze cooked green beans, but they stay best if you blanch them before freezing.
Then divide the cooled beans into freezer bags and store them in the freezer for about 3 months.
There is no need to thaw them before incorporating them into a dish. You can put the green beans in the pan right out of the freezer.
Reheating is best done in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave. If necessary, add a little water if the beans have become a little too dry.
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How to boil green beans
- 4 cups green beans
- Bring a large pan of water to a boil.
- Clean the green beans by cutting a small piece off the top and bottom and cutting them in half.
- In a colander, rinse the green beans clean under the tap and carefully add them to the boiling water.
- Cook the green beans for 13-15 minutes until tender. You can take a green bean out of the water after 13 minutes to see if they are cooked yet. Of course, the cooking time also depends on the size of the beans.
- Drain the green beans and serve while still hot.