Steamed Green Beans in the Microwave

How to steam green beans in the microwave in just under 10 minutes! 

raw green beans

Steamed green beans are so easy to make, especially in the microwave. I like to use this recipe on nights when I need a simple side dish or appetizer. It only takes some water and about 10 minutes in the microwave to get the perfect steamed green beans. 

Steamed green beans can be prepared in so many different ways and they are healthy, which is why I love this recipe. 

  • They are healthy and delicious!
  • Little to no prep time and a short cook time
  • Lots of yummy ways to season them!
  • They make a great side dish for almost any main course

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt & pepper (optional)

How to Steam Green Beans in the Microwave – Step by Step

  1. Place green beans and water in a microwave safe dish
  2. Cover with plate and microwave on high for 6-7 minutes, or until tender
  3. Drain 
  4. Transfer to a serving dish, stir in butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper
  5. Enjoy!

How to Make Green Beans Taste Better

The most common way to season green beans is to melt butter on top of them, stir in some garlic, and sprinkle with salt and pepper! You could also add in a splash of lemon juice if you are looking for a more acidic taste. 

Another way you could season your green beans is by tossing them in a bit of olive oil, squeezing some lemon juice on top, and sprinkling with feta cheese. 

Bacon! Bacon wrapped green beans are amazing, and you can even learn how to cook bacon in the microwave right here

How to Store Green Beans

Green beans, cooked and raw, will stay fresh in your refrigerator for 5-7 days! If your green beans have become limp and stringy then they have gone bad

However, if your green beans are firm to the touch and make a snapping sound when you break them in half, then you have fresh beans that are ready to be eaten!

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How to Steam Green Beans in the Microwave
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 

How to cook steamed green beans in the microwave in just under 10 minutes! Depending on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary.

Course: sides
Keyword: steamed green beans
Author: Steamy Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp butter to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place green beans and water in a microwave safe dish`

  2. Cover with plate and microwave on high for 6-7 minutes, or until tender

  3. Drain

  4. Stir with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper, enjoy!

If you have tried making steamed green beans in the microwave, or any other recipe on my blog, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!