How Do You Cook Fresh Green Beans?

My neighbor across the street gave us some vegetables out of their garden. The squash I know how to cook.  And the corn on the cobb.

The green beans…not so much. The only thing I knew to do with them is boil them for a bit. They are good that way too…but I remember my grandmothers green beans and she must have done something else to them. Hers were much better than just plain old boiled ones.

I did find a recipe online that sounded pretty good. It was a post on The Pioneer Woman about how to cook fresh green beans one way.

Her recipe called for bacon grease…which I didn’t have. She said that butter and olive oil would work too. So that is what I used.

I chopped up some onion and red bell pepper. I didn’t have a garlic clove so I had to use some dried minced garlic.

Cooked the onion and garlic  for a few minutes then added the green beans and bell pepper.

Put a cup of chicken broth in it and let it cook. I followed her recommendation and let all the broth cook off.

Man those were some good green beans! My hubby liked them!! He wants me to do it again! So you know they were good.

I would like some other ways to cook them too. Easy ways of course.

What’s your favorite way to cook green beans?


  1. I love green beans or haricot vert beans :D What I do with mine is that I blanch them for about two minutes in BOILING water with some salt. Then I drain them, and throw them in a pan with some olive oil, minced fresh garlic, some black pepper and a dash of soy sauce. Because the soy sauce adds salt, I generally avoid adding more salt. Then saute them until the beans are tender to the consistency that you’d like – some people prefer them softened, I like a bit of crunch to them. At the very end, I add about a fistful of slivers of almonds, and toss them in, making sure to mix them so that the soy sauce mixture coats them, and that they get slightly toasted. And then serve! :)

    I eat mine with a sprinkling of red crushed pepper flakes – but that’s because I’m a fat of heat. I hope you try the recipe and find it to your liking! :)

    1. Well it sounds good. Except for the heat part. I can’t take heat.

      I’ll have to get some almonds too…don’t have any sitting around here.

      Thank you!

  2. I like Sweet & Sour green beans. Cook beans, cut up or whole in boiling salted water until done. Meanwhile, dice up 1 or 2 strips of bacon; fry bacon in a small saute pan until crisp; remove excess fat, leaving about 1 tbsp in pan; add 2/3 cup white vinegar, 1/3 cup water, 2/3 sugar, salt & pepper to taste; cook until sugar dissolves. Place cooked beans in a serving bowl and spoon dressing over beans.

    1. Not sure I would like that one. Sounds like it might be a bit sour for me.

      Would have to try it to find out though! And I do have all the ingredients. Except bacon.

      Guess I’ll have to go shopping. Again. LOL.

  3. Hmm, my bean cooking is mostly:
    1. Get a standard meal from the shop.
    2. Put it in the microwave.
    3. Eat.
    I’m not really good at cooking :D.

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