A bright green, tender crisp green bean can be perfection on a plate when cooked properly. They’re in season right now so you can pick up a big bag of bargain beans for your dinner. Never know how to get them to their eating sweet spot? Here’s everything you need to know about how to cook green beans plus some delicious recipes to try them in.
How to trim green beans
It’s easy to nail the prep of green beans. Simply give them a rinse, line up a small handful on your chopping board, preferably stems all facing the same way, and chop off about 1cm. You can trim both ends if you like but as long as the harder woody tip has been cut off, you’re good to go.
You can also get your kids involved. Give them a pile of beans, and get them snapping off the ends. If you’re lucky, they might even nibble on a few of them while they’re helping!
How to cook green beans
• Boil: Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the trimmed green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bright green. To stop them from cooking too much and the green turning dull, quickly add them to a bowl of iced water.
• Steam: If you’re more comfortable using a steamer then the blanching method, this is a great way to get a similar bright green result. You may just need to steam the green beans for a about 5-6 minutes for the right consistency.
• Microwave: Place trimmed beans in a microwave-safe bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water to cover the base of the bowl. Cover bowl with a lid or a plate and microwave on High for about 4-6 minutes.
Now that you know how to cook them, here are some dinner recipes to try now.
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