Easy Peasy Green Beans

So normally when I share a recipe the title is Recipe Review: ______   Today however, I’m not titling this post that way because quite frankly, this isn’t really a recipe.  It’s more a method of preparation that I use.  I served this the other day with the Farmhouse Chicken Dinner that I provided to a family in need.

totally not my picture but it’s a good approximation of what this should look like

Easy Peasy Green Beans

Serves 4


  • 1-1/2 lbs fresh green beans
  • ¼ cup butter (the real stuff)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onions
  • Salt & black pepper (optional)


  1. Fill sink with water.  Dump in green beans and swish to remove any dirt/debris.  Trip off ends of green beans (approx. ¼ – ½ inch).  Cut large green beans in half (they should be 2-3” long).
  2. Place butter and onions in microwaveable glass bowl.  Cover loosely with lid or wax paper (to prevent butter splatters).  Microwave until butter is melted.  Set aside.
  3. Fill large pot with 1-2 inches of water.  Place steamer basket inside and fill with green beans.  Cover and cook over medium low heat until green beans color begins to change.  You’ll notice that it’ll go to a bright green and then start to fade to a greenish brown.  Right as it starts to get to that greenish brown stage is when you want to remove them from the heat.  (FYI – this is all easier to do if your pot lid is glass)
  4. Place cooked green beans in a large bowl (be careful not to include the water from steaming).  Microwave butter/onion mixture for approx. 30 seconds to re-warm then pour over green beans.  Stir.  Add salt and pepper to taste.


  • As you can see, this isn’t a fancy schmancy preparation for green beans but it is my go-to when I’m feeding a large group (Thanksgiving anyone?), when I don’t want to spend a lot of energy on cooking (busy weeknights) or when the main dish requires a lot of time/energy/focus.
  • Don’t use canned green beans.  Eww.  Just eww.
  • You can totally sub frozen green beans if you need to but it’s better to let them thaw before cooking if you can.
  • There’s a reason you microwave the butter/onion mixture and let it sit while the beans are steaming – this allows the onions to hydrate!

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2 responses to “Easy Peasy Green Beans

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