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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.
Servings 4 servings
- 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