How Long to Cook Fresh Green Beans


How long you cook fresh green beans depends on two things: how large they are, and how you want to cook them. Smaller fresh green beans can be steamed or boiled in water for just a few minutes, while larger ones might need up to 10 minutes of cooking time. Frozen green beans also require different cooking times than fresh or dried ones.


To prepare the green beans, wash them thoroughly under cold running water. Remove any strings and trim off the ends of the green beans. Slice them into bite-sized pieces if they are large or leave them whole if they are smaller than 2 inches long.

Cooking Time


The cooking time for green beans depends on the method you choose and whether they are fresh or frozen.

  • The length of time it takes to cook green beans depends on their size. Smaller, younger beans will cook faster than large ones.
  • You can use any method: steaming, boiling or stir-frying with olive oil in a wok (a Chinese cooking tool). Steaming takes about 10 minutes; boiling takes about 15 minutes; stir-frying takes 5-10 minutes depending on how hot your hob gets and how fast you stir!

How long to cook fresh green beans depends on their size and the method you use.

How long to cook fresh green beans depends on their size and the method you use. Smaller beans will cook faster than larger ones, so if you’re using large or extra-large green beans, they may take longer to prepare than what’s stated below. The same goes with steaming versus boiling; boiling takes more time than steaming because water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees Celsius), while steam heats up much faster due to its higher temperature of about 250 degrees F (120 C).

When preparing any type of vegetable (or meat), it’s important that you check for doneness before removing from heat because overcooked vegetables tend not only be mushy but also lack flavor as well as nutrients! To determine whether your green beans are ready: look for bright coloration throughout each piece; feel them by pinching between two fingers–they should be tender but not mushy; taste one bite–if bitter or tough then return pot back onto stovetop until softens up again!


So, how long does it take to cook fresh green beans? The answer depends on their size and the method you use. If you’re cooking them in water, they should be tender in about 15 minutes. If you’re steaming or sauteing them, it takes about 10 minutes longer than that (depending on how hot your stove is). However long it takes though, don’t forget that these healthy little vegetables are worth the wait!

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