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

Learn How to Blanch Green Beans with this quick and easy method! Fresh green beans are par boiled in salted water until they are perfectly tender, then dropped in an ice water bath to keep them nice and 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. Using a slotted spoon, immediately remove the green beans from the pot and add them to an ice water bath. Let soak for at least 2 minutes.
  4. Once cooled, drain the green beans in a colander in the sink. Use in your favorite recipes, add to salads, or eat as a healthy snack. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Wash and remove the ends and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days in advance.
  • To Store: Place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Spread the cooked green beans out in single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for 4 hours. Then transfer to a freezer-safe Ziplock bag for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Add to a pan on the stovetop over medium heat, or simply microwave until warm.

Nutrition Facts
How to Blanch 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.