Tired of not knowing how to cook green beans – because they’re tasteless, soggy, or too crunchy – and take forever to cook?! You’re about to learn how to rock this yummy Southern green beans recipe like a boss and be done in minutes. There are just a couple secrets to learn and you’ll be on your way to healthy green bean recipes on your own (that don’t necessarily taste healthy!). Ready to get on to the deliciousness? Let’s go!
If you’ve been around THTG at all, you know I adore sharing easy recipes, stress free travel tips, and cleaning, cozying, and family-friendly entertainment hacks. Enjoy a solution to this age-old struggle of having your family actually like the green beans on their plate!
How to cook green beans secrets
Knowing how to cook green beans in the quickest and easiest way is simply knowing how to “saute” green beans. The following sauteed green bean recipe secrets include three key things:
- infusing flavor early
- using the correct cooking oil
- using the right temperature at right time
#1 infusing flavor early ~ It’s imperative that you add the oil and seasoning early on into the green beans so that they will soak up the flavor. This is accomplished by only adding the green beans into the skillet after the oil/butter/garlic is hot and then seasoning immediately.
#2 using the correct oil/butter ~ In order to give green beans the most flavor, use a combination of one of the following three oils with a pat of butter. Choose from bacon grease (best flavor), olive oil, or coconut oil and combine with a small pat of butter before seasoning.
#3 using the right temperature at the right time ~After melting the oil/butter mixture, heat skillet to medium/high. You’ll saute’ garlic and then green beans at this higher temperature before turning to low. It helps to give a result of a crispier but done green bean and not a soggy, tasteless one. More specific cooking instructions below.
HOW TO COOK GREEN BEANS INSTRUCTIONS
The ingredients and instructions for a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea:
After melting a couple tablespoons of bacon grease (or coconut oil or olive oil), cook garlic (can be garlic in a jar) for a couple minutes before adding green beans. Don’t gasp too loudly about me suggesting bacon grease! The key to amazing green beans is infusing them with flavor early on. The facts: bacon grease gives vegetables flavor that nothing else can. Otherwise, they might taste like a limp dish rag hanging on the towel rack!
Don’t worry – I won’t force you, though. I’ve listed the other options.
Just like 95% of my recipes, how to cook green beans the best is in a cast iron skillet. It’s not mandatory to use a cast iron skillet but it sure does seem to help. Don’t have a cast iron yet? My most used piece is this old-school, heavy duty Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet.
The bags of frozen vegetables I always mention when I share about how to save money on groceries applies here too. The Kroger green beans are blanched slightly (that means they are partially cooked) without any flavoring, only take a few minutes to cook, and are usually the best bargain for me. When I need them, they’re in the freezer waiting for us.
Important: When using frozen green beans, make sure you thaw and towel blot as much water as possible before cooking – you don’t want that extra water in your pan – that will cause sogginess.
HOW TO COOK GREEN BEANS INGREDIENTS
All the exact measurements are on the printable recipe card below, but here are the ingredients at a glance. ->>>
Melt bacon grease (or butter, coconut oil, or olive oil) in the center of a cast iron skillet. Meanwhile, cut up one piece of fresh garlic (you can totally use garlic in a jar instead). Optionally, chopping and cooking 1/8 of an onion as well will amp up the flavor also. Cook in grease for 2 minutes. Add green beans that have thawed, along with salt and pepper seasoning. Toss to coat beans until thoroughly coated. Cook at medium heat for 5 minutes Turn the burner on low heat, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 more minutes.
- bacon grease, olive oil, or coconut oil
- fresh garlic (chopped)
- chopped fresh onion (optional)
- salt & pepper
That’s all folks!
HOW TO COOK GREEN BEANS RECIPE CARD
Here’s your printable recipe cards of how to cook green beans:
- 2 Tablespoons bacon grease, olive oil, or coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 bag frozen green beans, thawed & patted dry
- 1 clove garlic or 1 tablespoon jarred garlic without juice
- optional: 1/8 chopped onion
- dash of salt
- dash of pepper
- Melt oil and butter in the center of a cast iron skillet.
- Meanwhile, cut up one piece of fresh garlic.
- Optional: chop and cook 1/8 of an onion.
- Add garlic and onion and cook in grease 2 minutes.
- Add green beans and salt and pepper seasoning and toss to coat beans until thoroughly coated..
- Cook at medium/high heat for 5 minutes
- Turn burner to lowest heat, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Easy Peasy!
BONUS WAY TO COOK GREEN BEANS
Although not my favorite ways, there are other options:
How to boil green beans ~ You can pour frozen or canned green beans into a boiling pot of rich broth with seasonings and cook for ten minutes on medium. Turn down to low and cook for five to ten minutes more until done.
How to cook green beans in oven ~ You can pour thawed-out and towel-patted green beans on a cookie sheet, coated with butter, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese to broil for 10 minutes to fifteen minutes until done and slightly browned at 400 degrees.
But let me say that the first way I’ve shared is the most flavorful way I know how to cook green beans, not to mentioned the quickest and easiest.
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Is this how you were taught how to cook green beans or another way? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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