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How to Cook Fresh Green Beans

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5 from 25 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Serves 4
Serve these blanched green beans or haricots verts as a side dish with lemon and olive oil, or add them to your favorite green bean recipes. Find suggestions in the post above!


  • 1 pound green beans, stemmed

Optional seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • juice of 1/2 lemon plus 1/2 teaspoon zest
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and set a bowl of ice water nearby. Drop the green beans into the boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the beans and immediately immerse in the ice water long enough to cool completely, about 15 seconds. Drain and place on paper towels to dry.
  • Use in any recipe that calls for blanched green beans (see suggestions in the blog post above), or simply toss the blanched green beans with the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.