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Blanched green beans are served for a healthy side dish.
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How Long to Boil Green Beans

Once you know How to Boil Green Beans perfectly you'll never buy canned again! Fresh green beans are boiled on the stovetop in salted water until they are bright green, tender, yet still crisp.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 62 kcal


  • 1 lb. green beans fresh
  • 1 tsp. salt plus more for serving
  • 1-2 Tbsp. butter optional


  1. Snap off the stems of the green beans by hand or cut and remove the ends with a knife.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil along with the salt. Carefully add the green beans to the water using a slotted spoon and boil for about 4-5 minutes, or until crisp tender. Begin checking on them after 3 minutes to ensure they do not overcook.
  3. Drain the green beans in a colander in the sink. Serve with butter and additional salt, to taste. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Serve: Top the warm green beans with a pat of butter and salt. One pound of green beans will result in 4 servings.
  • To Prep-Ahead: Wash and trim the ends off of the green beans and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days in advance.
  • To Store: Seal leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Arrange the cooked green beans in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for 4 hours. Then transfer them to freezer-safe ziplock bag for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Warm in a pan on the stovetop over medium heat, or simply microwave until hot.

Nutrition Facts
How Long to Boil Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 511mg22%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 875IU18%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.