How to Microwave Green Beans
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time2-3 mins
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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What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Match Up: Green Beans
See for yourself— microwaving green beans is simply faster, start to finish.
|Microwave in an Anyday dish
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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?
|1 cup (90g) green beans
|1 teaspoon water
|3 cups (270g) green beans
|1 tablespoon water
|5 cups (450g) green beans
|1½ tablespoons water
|8 cups (720g) green beans
|2 tablespoons water
|10 cups (900g) green beans
|2½ tablespoons water
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.