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How to steam green beans in the microwave in just under 10 minutes. Add green beans to your Buddha Bowl for a nice fresh snap!

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Buddha Bowl veggies are almost always easy to cook! Steamed green beans are so easy to make, especially in the microwave. This recipe is for when you need a quick Buddha Bowl add-in or a simple appetizer. It only takes some water and about 10 minutes in the microwave to get the perfect steamed green beans. 

Why Cook Green Beans in the Microwave

Steaming green beans in the microwave is the fastest, easiest and most energy efficient way to cook green beans. No need to turn on your stove!

If my green beans are going into a stir fry, I’ll steam them half-way first, then add them into the pan or wok for the stir fry.

How to Steam Green Beans in the Microwave

How to cook steamed green beans in the microwave in less than 10 minutes!
Prep Time1 min
Active Time7 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: sides
Keyword: steamed green beans
Yield: 4 people


  • 1 pound green beans trimmed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter to taste
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Place green beans and water in a microwave safe dish. Cover with plate and microwave on high for 6-7 minutes, or until tender. Drain. Stir in butter to melt and season with salt & pepper.

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