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How to Boil Green Beans

How to boil green beans? Simply drop them into salted boiling water, and boil just until tender crisp.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 35kcal
Author Vered DeLeeuw


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)


  • Pick through the green beans and discard any that are withered or discolored. This simple cooking method is suitable for only the freshest of beans.
  • I prefer to leave green beans whole, they make such a great finger food when left at their full length. But to serve at dinner, you might want to cut them into 3-inch pieces.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Drop the green beans into the boiling water. Bring back to a full boil and cook, uncovered, until beans are just tender, about 5 minutes. But start checking after 3 minutes (use a fork to take one out of the pot and taste). 
  • Drain the boiled green beans into a colander, shake dry and season with kosher salt. You can use other seasonings of course, and a generous pat of butter on top of the hot green beans is heavenly. But really, when they are fresh, green beans only need brief boiling and some salt.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 286mg | Fiber: 4g