These steamed green beans are the best thanks to a family trick! They’re super easy to prepare, and make the perfect nutritious and light side dish in less than 15 minutes!
This dish is a family classic!
In my family there is a big tradition of cooking green beans, and honestly, they are the best. Whoever thinks steamed green beans are boring is because they haven’t tried them cooked this way.
These long and thin veggies are delicious, inexpensive and also packed with a bunch of nutrients and vitamins (A, C & K). When I feel like I need a nutritious, easy and yummy side dish, this is one of my go-to’s.
What is the secret to make the best steamed green beans?
Okay… so you are about to discover my family’s trick to make the best steamed green beans. Are you ready? Let’s do it.
The secret is so simple, half the green beans lengthwise through their line. This super easy trick makes them ten times better!
I know it’s a big statement but it’s true. It can look like a lot of additional work but trust me, once you try it once, you’ll be hooked in. The additional labour pays back in flavour 😊
And the good news is that this trick works not only for steaming them, it works for any way of cooking them. Whether they’re steamed, stir-fried or added to a curry.
How long should you steam the green beans?
If you like them al dente 4 minutes will be enough! I always recommend trying one before getting them out of the steamer. Leave them a minute or two more if you want them more cooked.
Once they’re steamed, you only need to add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, lemon and salt. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Why you will love these steamed green beans
Super easy and quick to make.
Low in carbs and high in nutrients.
Beautiful green tone that will bring a pop of colour to your dish!
Affordable and delicious side dish.
What else can you do with these green beans?
Get creative and make a salad! I like cooking them ahead and then make a cold salad with them.
They also pair great with boiled potatoes and boiled egg, for a lazy and easy to digest yummy meal.
Want to make them fancier? Add some sliced roasted almonds!
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These steamed green beans are the best thanks to a family trick! They’re super easy to prepare, and make the perfect nutritious and light side dish.
400 grams of fresh green beans
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Pinch of salt to taste
- Wash the green beans and drain the excess of water. Trim the ends and half each green bean lengthwise through their line using a sharp knife.
- Bring a small amount of water to boil in a pot and use a steam accessory. Once the water is boiling add the green beans and cover with a lid. Steam for 3-4 minutes until they’re al dente.
- Transfer to a plate and add a drizzle of olive oil, squeeze of fresh lemon and salt to taste.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
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