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How to Cook Green Beans (Simmering Method)

Learn how to cook green beans on the stovetop using this quick technique!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Cook Green Beans
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 4 cups green beans
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, or more if desired
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, place a colander in the sink.
  • While the water is coming to a boil, trim the stem end from each green bean using kitchen shears or a chef's knife. 
  • Once the water is simmering, add the beans and cook for around 4 to 5 minutes. The length of time may vary depending on the quantity of green beans and the desired texture. Green beans can be served either crisp-tender or fully tender (I prefer a bit of texture). The best way to tell when your veggies are done is to taste them close to the end of the cooking time. Once the green beans are ready, drain through the colander.
  • Toss with a light coating of extra virgin olive oil, then season with salt, pepper and any other desired seasonings (I love adding crushed red peppers and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice). 


Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.1mg