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How To Cook Fresh Green Beans In The Microwave

If you’ve never tried this before, cooking veggies in the microwave is just as nutritious, and healthier, than other cooking techniques since the nutrients are retained more effectively. So, if you don’t feel like bringing out a pot or skillet to make something green for your plate, how about preparing some fresh green beans in your microwave?

Here, we’ll teach you the quick, easy, and effective method of cooking fresh green beans using a microwave. We advise that you pay attention to all our cooking instructions and tips, and guidelines that will guarantee optimal results.

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How To Cook Fresh Green Beans In The Microwave

Tips for Cooking Fresh Green Beans in Microwave

Below are necessary tips that will help you attain the best possible results when cooking green beans in a microwave:

Ideal timing – If you like your green beans tender and crisp, cook them in your microwave for about 4 to 5 minutes. Try 5 to 6 minutes if you want the green beans to be a little softer. Remember that food keeps on cooking after it has been microwaved. You can always increase the time later if necessary, so start with the shortest length of time possible.

If you like your string beans or haricots verts crisp and tender, then you should microwave them for about 2 minutes. For softer string beans, try 4 minutes. Because all microwave models are different, you may need to change the cooking time to suit your preferences.

Storage tips – Cooked green beans can be stored in a firmly closed container in the refrigerator. They should last 3 to 4 days on average. Reheat them in the microwave for 1 minute or make use of the reheat setting of the microwave until the green beans get hot.

How to Cook Fresh Green Beans in the Microwave

Because some nights will come when you want to get dinner ready on your plate without actually having to cook, microwaving green beans is one great technique that comes in handy. Green beans steamed in the microwave rather than on the stove provide the same lovely, delicious, colorful green beans that are delicate with just a hint of crisp bite, but without the need for a steamer basket.

Follow these easy steps to cook fresh green beans in a microwave

Trimming your Green Beans

The stiff, knobby tips of your green beans should be trimmed off because they’re typically hard to chew through. On the other hand, it’s fine to eat the slim green tips. You can trim the ends of the green beans by pinching them off one by one. When you snap them off, you’ll see that they naturally yield at the ends.

While doing something else to relax, this might be a simple thing to do to keep your hands busy, and you could also get your kids to do it for you. If you’re in a hurry, however, a quick way to do this is to line a handful of green beans up on a cutting board with their stems aligned and slice the ends off in one motion with a chef’s knife.


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Preparing the Other Ingredients

If you add a bit of garlic to your green beans when microwaving them, they’ll have a particularly stimulating aroma and robust taste that you’ll surely love. To do this, remove the peel from a clove of garlic using a chef’s knife. Chop the garlic into bits, then cut up one tablespoon of butter into small-sized knobs.

Cook the Green Beans in the Microwave

Mix up the clipped green beans, chopped garlic, and butter in a microwave-safe dish. Using salt and pepper, season the green beans. After that, cover the green beans with some water, then cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid. If you don’t have any lid to use, a plastic wrap will suffice.

Set your microwave to high mode and cook the green beans for 5 to 6 minutes, or until they turn bright green and feel crisp-tender. When removing the cover or plastic wrap, be mindful of the steam. If there is any remaining liquid after the beans have finished cooking, pour it out.

That’s all there is to know about cooking fresh green beans in the microwave. You’ll have no soiled pans to deal with; there is no overheating in the kitchen. All that’s left are deliciously cooked green beans.

Cooking Time for Fresh Green Beans in Microwave

Pay attention to the following timing guidelines if you’d like to get the best out of your microwaved green beans:

Cooking Procedure

Cooking Time

Cooking fresh green beans in the microwave

4 to 5 minutes

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Steamed Green Beans in the Microwave (4 Servings)

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  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • Three tablespoons of water
  • One tablespoon of butter
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, place the already washed and clipped green beans. Pour in about 2 to 3 tablespoons water, just enough to wet the bottom part of the bowl
  2. Microwave the green beans for about 4 to 6 minutes, just until they are barely soft; make sure that they are covered with a microwave-safe plate during this process.
  3. Remove the plate with care (the steam will be very hot, so take care not to hurt yourself), drain any excess liquid, and grease the bowl with about a tablespoon of butter. Toss the green beans to coat them, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve and enjoy your healthy meal!

If you’d like to see more recipe ideas for cooking fresh green beans in the microwave, we recommend this video recipe.

  • Author: Bobby