Want to know how long to boil green beans for the perfect al dente (blanched) or more tender version? Plus, how to sauté (pan), air fry, steam, bake in the oven, microwave, pressure cook/Instant Pot cook green beans! From fresh to frozen, even canned green beans, look no further!
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How Long to Boil Green Beans (Al Dente or Blanched)
Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice. Set aside.
Bring pot of water to a vigorous boil. Add green beans and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes.
If serving beans in a cold preparation, using metal kitchen tongs, move beans into the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and serve. If serving hot, remove beans directly to a bowl or plate.
How Long to Boil Green Beans (Softer/Tender)
Bring pot of water to a vigorous boil. Add green beans and cook for approximately 5-8 minutes or until they reach desired tenderness. Drain and serve.