Every home cook needs this Fresh Green Beans Recipe

With simple preparation and easy instructions these green beans turn out perfect every time. Just add a sprinkle of salt and let the butter melt all over the beans for a side dish that is hard to resist. Or add some freshly pressed garlic and bacon bits for a vegetable dish that is doubly hard to resist! No matter how the beans are dressed, it all begins with the best green bean recipe. Using these basic instructions, beans retain their vibrant and bright color, and maintain their tender but firm texture, just like mom (or gramma) make!    close up of cooked Green Beans

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Fresh & Flavorful Green Beans

  • This fast and easy recipe cooks green beans while preserving their bright vibrant color, all in one pot with minimal clean-up.
  • Catch green beans on sale in the produce section or farmer’s market from May to October and stock up. Make this recipe in batches and serve some and save some!
  • Green beans have so many culinary applications and they freeze beautifully. Stock up for future Thanksgiving casseroles, stir-fries, soups, and stews.

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Ingredients and Variations

GREEN BEANS: Choose French, green, or yellow beans for this recipe. Fresh is always best, and unlike most vegetables, green beans freeze and thaw really well. Prepare the recipe as directed, but add a couple of minutes to the cooking time if using frozen (they may not be as firm as fresh).

How to Cook Fresh Green Beans

Nothing beats bright and flavorful summer beans, especially with a little butter and salt!

  1. Wash green beans and trim ends. 
  2. Bring water to a boil and add beans. Sprinkle with baking soda.
  3. Cover and boil (as per the recipe below)
  4. Drain beans, add butter and season.

PRO TIP: Watch closely because boiling green beans too long makes them too soft.

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Serving Green Beans

Green beans are so versatile! They can be served as a snack, appetizer, side dish, or part of the main dish. Roasted green beans are an excellent side dish to lighter meat entrees like a simple whole chicken, smoked salmon, pork tenderloin or a bone-in pork loin roast. Add another side dish of roasted potatoes for a complete meal. Use these beans in a stir fry, or in sauteed mushrooms with fresh garlic and crumbled bacon. 

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Freezing Green Beans

Fresh green beans can be frozen raw in zippered bags for up to a year. However, for best results, green beans should be blanched before freezing. Follow the directions in this recipe until Step 3. Once the green beans are drained, plunge them into ice-cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat them dry and freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet (this keeps them from freezing to each other). Once frozen, transfer beans to a zippered bag for up to a year.

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Fresh Green Beans Recipe

Make the best green beans with this simple recipe! It keeps the beans firm with vibrant color for the best side dish with anything from chicken to fish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Candace



  • Wash beans and trim ends.
  • Add water to skillet, adding more or less to fill to about ½ inch deep. On high heat, bring water to a boil.
  • Add beans, then quickly sprinkle with baking soda and cover and boil for 2 minutes, turning down slightly if it starts to boil over. Check beans for doneness, cooking more until they reach desired doneness. Remove from heat and drain water (or use tongs to remove beans to a bowl).
  • Add butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.


  • Green beans can be frozen raw in zippered bags for up to a year. But it is recommended to blanch them first before freezing.
  • To blanch green beans:
    1. Follow the directions in this recipe until Step 3.
    2. Drain green beans and immediately plunge into ice-cold water. This will stop the cooking process.
    3. Pat beans dry and freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet to keep them from freezing to each other.
    4. Transfer beans to a zippered bag for up to a year.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 60 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 847IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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