I love fresh green beans. They’re simple to prepare and make a great side dish for any meal. The problem is, I’ve always wondered how long does it take to cook fresh green beans? I wanted to know if there was an easy way to figure out exactly how long it would take me to get them from their raw form into my mouth—so that I could plan accordingly. And now I do! Here are the steps involved:
1. Trim the ends from the green beans.
- Trim the ends from the green beans. Use a sharp knife, and trim both ends of each green bean so that they’re all about the same length.
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove any outer layer from each end of your trimmed green beans (this is optional).
2. Soak the green beans in salted water for 10-15 minutes or until they are tender.
Soak the green beans in salted water for 10-15 minutes or until they are tender. The soaking time depends on how quickly you want your green beans to cook, and can be adjusted for taste. If you don’t want to soak them at all, frozen green beans will work fine too!
3. Cook in boiling water for 5-10 minutes or until soft but not mushy.
- Cook in boiling water for 5-10 minutes or until soft but not mushy.
- Drain the beans, then return them to the pot with 1/4 cup of water or broth and stir to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired (the amount will depend on how much sodium you’re getting from other ingredients).
Fresh green beans can be cooked in less than 15 minutes and may even require less time depending on how quickly they cook up
Fresh green beans can be cooked in less than 15 minutes and may even require less time depending on how quickly they cook up. The time depends on which method you use to cook them.
- Boiling: Boiling is the most common way to prepare fresh green beans, but it’s not the quickest method for cooking them. If you boil your green beans, plan on about 10 minutes of boiling time for each pound (454 g) of fresh green beans that have been cut into 1-inch pieces or slices before boiling them. This will result in tender but still crisp vegetables with a slightly crunchy texture when fully cooked through.
- Steaming: Steaming takes less time than boiling because there’s no need for any water added during the process–just don’t put too many vegetables into one pot at once! You’ll want enough room between each piece so that air can circulate around all parts equally while steaming away those nutrients within those tasty little pods…which brings us right back around again!
The great thing about cooking fresh green beans is that they don’t take long to cook up. You can even cook them in less than 15 minutes if you have other things to do while they’re simmering on the stovetop or in the oven. So if you have some extra time on your hands this weekend, try making some delicious green bean casserole with these easy instructions!