How to Microwave Green Beans

// How to Microwave Green Beans

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

2-3 mins

Free Time

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Loaded with antioxidants, vibrant green beans offer a quick and nutritious veggie fix to serve with grilled meats or rich main dishes. Steaming green beans in the microwave brings out the best color and nutrients but also ensures the beans remain tender-crisp and never mushy.

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1 cup (90g) green beans

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Small Dish


  • 1 cup (90g) green beans
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Trim the stems off the beans.
  2. Add green beans and water to the Anyday dish, and season with salt to taste.
  3. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  4. Cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until the green beans are tender.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Honey soy: Mix with honey, soy sauce, and lime juice
  • Garlic chive: Mix with room temperature butter, chopped chives, and garlic powder
  • Peanut: Mix with creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, and rice vinegar
  • Sweet and spicy: Mix with sriracha, honey, and fish sauce
  • Quick casserole: Mix with cream of mushroom soup and continue cooking until warm. Sprinkle some crispy shallots and enjoy.
  • Tomato, basil, and burrata: Toss the green beans with quartered cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced basil, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Place burrata on top.
  • Almonds, butter, and dill: Toss the warm green beans with butter and season with freshly chopped dill and chopped toasted almonds.

Recipe notes

  • For the most even cooking, stir halfway through the cooking time.
  • For thicker green beans, add additional cook time if needed.
  • Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper for a quick side dish.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Green Beans

See for yourself— microwaving green beans is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 2-4 mins
Stovetop* 5-10mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 15-20 mins
*Includes preheat time

Step-by-Step: Microwaving Green Beans

Trim the green beans.

Add to the Anyday and cover with lid (knob lifted)

Cook in the microwave.

Green beans are done when deep green and fork tender.

All You Need to Know About Microwaving Green Beans

How long does take to cook green beans in the microwave?

Ingredient Water Cook Time
1 cup (90g) green beans 1 teaspoon water 2-3 mins
3 cups (270g) green beans 1 tablespoon water 4-5 mins
5 cups (450g) green beans 1½ tablespoons water 7-8 mins
8 cups (720g) green beans 2 tablespoons water 8-9 mins
10 cups (900g) green beans 2½ tablespoons water 10-11 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

It typically takes around 4-6 minutes for 3 cups of green beans to cook in the microwave. To tell when they are cooked through, look for deep green steaming pods. You can also test it by piercing a pod with a fork, it should be tender but not mushy.

Is it better to steam or boil fresh green beans?

For the best-tasting and nutrient-rich green beans, we recommend steaming the beans in the microwave. That way, flavor and nutrients stay packed into the beans, instead of leaching out into the cooking water. Boiling is a fine method to cook green beans, but dilutes flavor and takes up more space on the stovetop.

Can you cook frozen green beans in the microwave?

For frozen green beans, follow the same cooking direction as for fresh beans. While the frozen green beans are already cooked, they still need to defrost and heat up completely.

How to microwave canned green beans?

Microwaving canned green beans is a breeze! Drain the green beans and transfer them in an Anyday without any extra water. Cover them with the lid, and microwave for half the indicated amount or until heated through.

How to freeze microwaved green beans?

To freeze microwaved green beans, first, cook the beans as indicated, then cut them and allow them to cool completely. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze them for later use. You can also cut them in half and portion using the 1/2 cup Anytime Freezer Trays and save up to 1 month.

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