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How To Cook Raw Green Beans

Green beans, also known as fine beans, string beans, or bobby beans, are tasty to any summertime meal. They have a high amount of minerals, fiber, and vitamins. Different types of beans have minor differences. Yellow beans, often known as wax beans, have a softer flavor and a lovely yellow color. We shall be looking at how to cook raw green beans in different methods.

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How To Cook Raw Green Beans

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How to prep fresh green beans

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  1. Rinse fresh green beans thoroughly with cold water in a colander. Shake off the excess moisture to dry them. Cut the ends off many green beans by lining them up on a cutting board. Flip them over and repeat the process on the opposite side. Cut them into smaller pieces (to add to casseroles, salads, rice, or stew dishes) or leave them whole, depending on the recipe.
  2. Prepare the beans by washing and trimming them. After rinsing them in a colander with cool running water, Snap off the stems. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil while you’re working. A big bowl of ice water should be kept aside.
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Method 1: Boiling

  1. You don’t want to overcook green beans, but you also don’t want to undercook them, or, as is often the case, overcook the outside while leaving the inside tough and stringy.
  2. Blanching the green beans in salted water is one solution. Boil a pot of water and use salt to season it.
  3. Cook for 3 minutes after adding the trimmed green beans, green beans should be drained and placed in a bowl of ice water, known as startling, and it causes the cooking process to come to a halt.
  4. They’re now ready to use in salads, or you can toss them into your green bean casserole or pasta bake before baking, or add them in the last few minutes of skillet potatoes cooking.
  5. You can substitute blanched green beans for canned green beans in most recipes after they’ve been blanched. Suppose you have a surplus of fresh green beans, blanch, and shock them first before freezing.

Method 2: Sautéing

Green beans, especially when they’re very garlicky, make a terrific side dish when sautéed.

  1. Use a neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as sunflower oil, canola, or grapeseed, and heat a pan on medium.
  2. Add the trimmed whole green beans and a pinch of salt once the pan is hot. 6 to 7 minutes, often tossing, with garlic added halfway through. Add a little water, and then use a lid to cover it.
  3. Allow 2 minutes for steaming; this ensures that the green beans finish cooking.
  4. Take off the lid and stir the mixture; it should be seasoned with pepper and salt.
  5. You can choose to eat it just like it or add some flavors to enhance it, such as Chinese chili bean sauce, butter, pesto, lemon juice, or coconut curry.

Method 3: Roasting

  1. Green beans cook rapidly in the oven, and the caramelization provides a pleasant flavor depth. If you prefer tender green beans, roasting them is an option.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. Once the green beans have been washed, make sure they are completely dry. Toss the green beans with the oil and seasonings of your choice; you may go simply with garlic and salt or use any combination of spices, such as coriander, cumin, and chili powder.
  2. Allow 15 minutes to cook.

Method 4: Air Frying

Green beans are a perfect candidate for the air fryer, and this can be achieved through the following steps.

  1. You can start with a straightforward and simple approach. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the trimmed green beans in the basket with your desired seasonings and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes while shaking the basket as you’re cooking it.
  3. Green bean “fries” are a fun way to add a festive touch to your meal. Brush your trimmed green beans with an egg wash before coating them in a breadcrumb mixture or seasoned almond flour.
  4. It should be cooked for 6 to 8 minutes at 400 degrees after using non-aerosol oil spray.
  5. Indulge in a crunchy, delectable snack.

Method 5: Microwaving 

While steaming green beans in the microwave isn’t the ideal cooking technique, it’s a quick and easy way to get a tasty side dish.

  1. Your trimmed green beans should be placed in a microwave bowl.
  2. Fill the bowl with about 2 tbsp water; a plate or a microwave-safe lid should be used to cover the bowl.
  3. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the green beans are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove the water from the container, and be careful since the bowl and steam will be hot.
  4. Toss with pepper, oil, or butter and a pinch of salt, add some chili paste or a dab of soy sauce for more flavor.


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Other ways to cook your green beans

There are plenty of ways to prepare mushy green beans if tender-crisp green beans aren’t your style.

  1. Add green beans to soups and stews at the end of the cooking time, or add them earlier with other vegetables if you prefer your green beans meltingly soft.
  2. Cook them for an hour or more in broth with bacon, as in this Southern-style side dish served with cornbread.

Cooking time for raw green beans

Although there are various ways of cooking raw green beans, it is easy to cook, the time it takes to cook in different ways is similar. Here are the general timing guidelines:

Cooking time for Raw green beans Cooking time
Prep time 5 to 10 minutes
Cooking time 12 to 15 minutes

The different ways of cooking raw green beans have been provided above as well as the timing guidelines, which are very similar. For more videos on how to cook raw green beans.