How to Cook Green Beans

Green beans are also called French beans, squeaky beans, snap beans, and string beans. The name applies to unripe versions of the hyacinth, winged, yardlong, and common bean. There are kinds of green beans that are bred because of its flavor and fleshiness.

These beans are very easy to cook. To get a crisp and tender dish of fresh green beans, you may steam, boil, or even microwave them. Green beans are also suited to stir frying.

 

Steaming

 

You’ll need green beans, a steamer basket, water, and a saucepan or pot.

  1. Clean the green beans by washing them with cool water. Make sure that no dirt is left.
  2. Snap the tips of the beans and pull down to the other end to remove any string. Cut into a desired length or leave them whole. Arrange the beans in a steamer basket.
  3. In a pot or saucepan, pour in tap water until it is about 1-2 inches from the bottom. Close the lid and bring it to a boil.
  4. Once the water starts to boil, position the steamer basket on top of the pot. Cover the pot and steam the beans for 8-10 minutes, depending on their sizes. Taste the beans to check if they are done. The beans should be soft enough to be chewed yet crunchy and crisp at the same time.
  5. Once done, remove the beans from the steamer and arrange these in a plate to cool. Serve them as a side dish or with dips.

 

Boiling

 

You will need salt, water, green beans, ice water, colander, and a large pot.

  1. Clean and prepare the green beans as instructed above.
  2. Boil the water in a large pot on medium-high heat. Use 4 liters of water per 1 kilo of green beans. The large amount of water helps in shortening the cooking time.
  3. Carefully drop the washed beans into the boiling water. Add a tablespoon of salt and cover to boil.
  4. Cook the beans for up to 6-8 minutes. As with the steaming method, tasting is the best way to see if your beans are done. Always check if the beans are cooked because you wouldn’t want to have a plate of overcooked mushy green beans.
  5. Transfer the beans into an ice bath the moment they are done. This will ensure that the beans stop cooking.
  6. Drain all water. You may serve the green beans plain as a side dish for meat, poultry, or fish. Tossing it with a little lemon juice, salt, and butter is also a great way of dressing it up.