Simple Steamed Green Beans

  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


A simple and delicious side dish for any meal!



  • 10oz fresh, raw green beans
  • salt and pepper


  1. Wash green beans and trim ends, if needed.
  2. Take medium saucepan and cover the bottom with water, about 1/2 inch.
  3. Place green beans inside, cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, uncover and toss to ensure all of the green beans are turning bright green.
  5. Cover and turn down to a simmer for 1 minute.
  6. Meanwhile, take a medium bowl and fill with water and ice.
  7. Drain green beans and place in bowl of ice and water (this stops the cooking).
  8. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Place in bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.


  • You can also use a steaming insert in your pan, but this is just how I have always done it – no extra gadgets and really simple and easy!
  • Serving suggestions: you can squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top; saute in some ghee, garlic and lemon zest; or saute in some coconut aminos with red pepper flakes!
  • To store, place in airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Keywords: steamed green beans