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Steamed Green Beans with Lemon

Steamed Green Beans with Lemon

Green beans make an easy and delicious healthy side dish.

These steamed green beans only require 5 ingredients.

We eat green beans several times a week.

They are perfect side dish for every main dish ranging from lasagna to baked chicken thighs.

One of the keys to cooking delicious green beans is to make sure that you don’t overcook them.

Green beans making cooking easy on us because they turn brighter green when they are cooked.

How do you trim green beans?

Our best timesaving method for trimming green beans is to grab a few at a time in your hand, push the stems to one end and trim the ends with a pair of kitchen shears.

To trim green beans with a knife, gather the green beans and line up the ends.

Use a knife and trim off the ends. Regather the beans and line up the opposite ends and trim off the ends with your knife.

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How do you know when green beans are cooked?

Green beans that are cooked turn bright green when they are done.

Once they turn bright green continue to cook them for another minute or two.

Then pull one from the hot water carefully, cool it and taste it.

It should have a slight crunch and a deep flavor.

If it still taste grassy, it isn’t quite done.

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Steamed Green Beans with Lemon

Steamed Green Beans with Lemon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

This 5 ingredient green bean recipe makes a delicious side dish. It includes lemon and garlic.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 T butter
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Prep the green beans - Wash and dry the green beans. Trim the ends of the green beans.
  2. Add a dash of salt to a large saucepan of water and bring it to a boil.
  3. Prep the lemon - Wash and dry the lemon. Zest the lemon. Cut the lemon in half and juice it.
  4. Add the beans to the boiling water.
  5. Cook the beans until they are vibrant green and tender. This should take about 4 minutes.
  6. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  7. Add the butter, olive oil, minced garlic, melted butter, and lemon to a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Drain the green beans in a colander. Rinse in cold water to stop the cooking.
  9. Add the cooked green beans back into the pan. Pour the dressing over the beans and stir to fully coat.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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Soraya M

Sunday 13th of September 2020

Green Beans are one of my favorite side dishes. It pretty much goes with anything.

Kim Gilleland

Monday 7th of September 2020

I always love new ideas for green beans.

Kim Gilleland

Saturday 5th of September 2020

This looks amazing!

Diana McDonald

Monday 31st of August 2020

I love green beans.

Michael Coovert

Sunday 30th of August 2020

I don’t think I could eat these. I am from the south where we like our green beans cooked with bacon and potatoes and cooked till there is not an ounce of life left in them.

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