Steamed Green Beans

Steamed Green Beans

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 5 ingredients

This steamed green beans recipe is the simplest way to cook green beans, and in my opinion the best, especially when they are in season locally. In many ways, this simple dish is a...


  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt, or to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, or to taste
  • Sel de Guerande – ‘grey’ sea salt, to taste

Nutrition Facts


56 cals


3 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

2 g


8 g


4 g


3 g


2 g


407 mg


  1. Top and tail the green beans and cut into approximately 1½-inch lengths. Cutting the beans to roughly the same size for even cookin. Rinse and set aside.
  2. In a wide saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the kosher salt, then the beans.  Cover and cook until the beans are just al dente and bright green.
  3. Drain and turn into a serving dish. Run under cold water if you prefer a cold salad.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with grey sea salt. Toss together and serve immediately!

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