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Cooking Green Beans with Boiling, Steaming and Microwave Methods

Boiled Green Beans

Drop 1 pound topped and tailed green beans in rapidly boiling water to cover. Boil until crispy tender, about 4 minutes. Drain. If you are planning to use them cold, refresh them under cold running water immediately after draining. Very thin green beans, especially haricots verts, will take only 2 to 3 minutes to be crisply tender. Be careful not to overcook.

 


Steamed Green Beans

Arrange 1 pound topped and tailed green beans in a colander or steamer basket. Steam, covered, over simmering water until crisply tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Very thin green beans will take only 3 to 4 minutes, be careful not to overcook. If not serving the beans at once, or if they are to be served cold, refresh them under cold running water to preserve the green color.

 


Microwave Green Beans

Arrange 1 pound topped and tailed green beans evenly in a microwaveable dish. Add 2 tablespoons water. Cover and vent. Microwave on high 5 to 6 minutes. Let stand 3 minutes before removing the cover.
 

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