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perfect steamed green beans on an oval platter with a pat of melting butter

Perfect Steamed Green Beans

Our Perfect Steamed Green Beans take advantage of a simple kitchen tool - the steamer basket!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 8 servings
Calories: 16 kcal
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 1 pound (455 g) slender green beans, ends trimmed as needed


  1. Place steamer basket/insert in a large pot. Pour in enough water to a level just below the basket. Add beans to rest on top of the steamer insert. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Beans are ready to serve.


  • Many steamer inserts have a little ring on a middle stem. You can grab that ring with sturdy tongs and lift the basket right out of the pot. If you keep it level, the beans won’t fall out. You can also grab the beans with the same tongs to remove from the basket when they are finished cooking.


Nutrition Facts
Perfect Steamed Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 16
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.