Steamed Green Beans Recipe

Looking for an easy steamed green beans recipe? Learn how to make steamed green beans using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by bnkdlissa

Makes 4 servings



Fresh, crisp green beans can be just terrific when simply steamed or simmered and minimally dressed. But supermarket green beans, which are rarely of the highest quality, benefit mightily from being finished in butter; see Precooked Vegetables in Butter or Oil

Recipe Ingredients for steamed green beans

1 1/2 pounds green beans
3 tablespoons butter

Recipe Directions for steamed green beans

  1. To simmer the beans, bring a large pot of water to a boil; salt it. Place them in the water and cook for about 4 minutes, or until they are bright green and as tender as you like them (it's easiest to tell when they're done by tasting one).

  2. To steam the beans, place them in a steamer above an inch or two of salted water. Cover and cook from 4 to 6 minutes, until the pieces are bright green and as tender as you like them.

  3. To microwave the beans, place them in a microwave‐proof plate or shallow bowl with about 2 tablespoons of salted water; cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2 minutes; shake the container and continue to microwave on high for 1‐minute intervals, shaking and checking the beans until they are bright green and as tender as you like them.

  4. Serve hot beans with butter, lemon butter, vinaigrette, or freshly squeezed lemon juice. Or drain them, drop into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, drain again, place in a covered container, and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Then cook according to the directions for Precooked Vegetables in Butter or Oil.

Categories

Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 180.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
129
Calories from Fat
79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
8.8g
14%
Saturated Fat
5.5g
28%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
23mg
8%
Sodium
72mg
3%
Potassium
358mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates
12.1g
4%
Dietary Fiber
5.8g
23%
Sugars
2.4g
Protein
3.2g
Vitamin A 29% Vitamin C 46%
Calcium 7% Iron 10%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A-
  Good points
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in manganese
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • Very high in saturated fat
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